Chicora Walk: An American History Tour

Chicora Walk: A Historical Tour of Charleston

Walking the streets of Charleston, one of the oldest cities in America, is walking through an important part of the tapestry of American history. Established in 1670, Charleston grew to become one of the nation’s leading ports and was an especially important for trade and military defense in the South. In fact, by 1750 Charleston was the largest and wealthiest city south of Philadelphia.

On our walk together, you’ll become part of a city with a rich and fascinating story to tell. From its wealth and opulence to the many disasters that fell upon our great city and we'll also discuss its participation in the darkest parts of American history and humanity. Like any city with opportunity, people of great diversity came from near and far to participate in the building of one of the early melting pots in America. They built enduring structures; houses, churches, businesses and forts all with their own stories to tell. These streets and structures have been walked by presidents and foreign dignitaries, generals and soldiers, slaves and slave traders, and pirates and merchants. You will feel a part of the celebrations held for visiting presidents to the devastating fires, earthquake, hurricanes along with attacks by foreign invaders, pirates and eventually Union armies that were defended against.

Let's Take a Walk

Plan Your Tour

Price

$25 per ticket

Time

Starts 10AM Daily,
Duration 2 Hours

Starting Point

Bitty & Beau's
159 Church St.
Charleston, SC

We had an amazing time! Have not stopped talking about it and all of the stories we learned. You have such a gift of story telling and your passion and knowledge of the city make your tours amazing!! - Jennifer P. (Florida)

The Badass Broads tour is truly badass. Jonathan' knowledge and passion for Charleston's history is simply amazing. We laughed, we cried and enjoyed every minute of it. - Warren G. (Texas)

“Chicora” are the fresh coastal breezes that add to Charleston’s charm and natural beauty. Legend has it that during a particularly deadly outbreak of disease the natives suggested that their foreign neighbors move down to the peninsula where the healing, “chicora” breezes would restore their health. It may be that these breezes also limited the population of mosquitos that were vectoring their ailments and so the settlers indeed found improved health. They probably found other things such as fertile soil and other resources that made it an ideal place to build give rise to Charleston, South Carolina. 

Tour of the Tour

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

  • Oldest congregation in Charleston
  • John C. Calhoun, 2 time VP buried here
  • Christopher Gadsen, William Rhett, Charles Pinckney and Edward Rutledge buried here
  • Four degree tilt due to earthquake of 1886
Oldest congregation in Charleston, John C. Calhoun, 2 time VP buried here, Christopher Gadsen, William Rhett, Charles Pinckney and Edward Rutledge buried here, Four-degree tilt due to earthquake of 1886

Dock Street Theater

  • First building in America to be used for theatrical performances
  • Destroyed in Great Fire of 1740
  • Reopened as Planter’s Hotel in 1809
  • Planter’s punch invented here
  • Reopened in 1937 as a theater
  • Reopened in 2010 as a theater
Dock Street Theater

French Huguenot Church

  • Also known as the Church of the Tides

Chalmers Street

  • One of 8 remaining cobblestone streets in Charleston

The Pink House

  • 2nd oldest house in Charleston

Ryan’s Mart

  • 40 to 50 slave markets
  • This is the only one that is still standing
  • Currently a museum
  • 40% of all slaves brought to this country came in through the port of Charleston
  • Here we discuss this part of our city’s history
Ryan's Mart

8 ½ State Street

  • Discuss different architectural features and why Charleston is one of the most well-preserved cities in America

Old Exchange

  • Built in 1771
  • It is the last building built with British money
  • This was a gift from the British
  • August 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read to the citizens of Charleston from these steps
  • In 1788, the Constitution was ratified by South Carolina in this building
  • In 1791, President Washington visited and a three-day ball was held for him where he danced with over 250 women
Old Exchange

Rainbow Row

  • Originally merchants’ homes
  • Shops were on the first floor and the merchant’s families lived on the second and third floors
  • Was rehabbed in the 1930’s
  • Painted these colors to celebrate our connection with Barbados
Rainbow Row

Robert Smalls

  • Born into slavery
  • Was sent to Charleston and became a wheelman in the harbor
  • Assigned to the CSS Planter
  • Stole the ship and turned it over to the Union
  • He became a Captain in the Union Army
  • Returned to Beaufort after the War and bought the plantation that he was born on
  • Served one term in the South Carolina General Assembly and five terms in the US House of Representatives
Robert Smalls

Stoll’s Alley

  • We will see several great examples of ironwork made by Philip Simmons
  • Philip Simmons was one of the most well-known blacksmiths in America

Let's Take a Walk

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    4/26/2021

    star rating  Jonathan is incredible. He talks about these stories with care and passion. He’s extremely knowledgeable and is telling different and important stories that should be heard. Everyone should take this... read more

    kylie393
    2/25/2020

    star rating  I took the Chicora Walk Tour- it was great. So much good information, including honest history of heavier subjects and uplifting stories about the people and the city. Time well... read more

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    2/11/2020

    star rating  Jonathan led me and a group of friends on a most interesting and informative walking tour of Charleston. His knowledge of all things Charleston is beyond impressive and his... read more

    Ellenbur
    11/20/2019
  • star rating  Excellent walking tour! Jonathan had a great personality and plenty of historical stories (great story teller). Very easy to approach and ask questions. I am looking forward to the next... read more

    Bob B
    11/06/2019

    star rating  Jonathon was an amazing and informative tour guide. He has a shining personality that really brings the HER-story of Charleston to life. If you’re looking for something more exciting than... read more

    Koreindian
    11/19/2019

    star rating  Jonathon was absolutely phenomenal! He was so excited and truly emotional about the history of Charleston! Eager to answer any questions! It was almost like we were in the midst... read more

    Wallisbrigitte
    3/03/2020

    star rating  Our guide Jonathan was awesome, very knowledgeable, fun and enjoyed engaging with our group. He is passionate about Charleston and loves talking about the many badass broads throughout Charlestons... read more

    j-m0jo
    2/16/2021
  • star rating  It's clear that Jonathan is passionate and caring of Charleston's people and history- it's very apparent in his tours. The cities history is rich and extensive, and I don't feel... read more

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    4/29/2021

    star rating  We thoroughly enjoyed "Badass Broads of Charleston" and discovering the history of Charleston through fascinating stories of amazing women. Jonathan is a stellar tour guide, and great storyteller. ... read more

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    4/08/2021

    star rating  Our tour with Jon and JWalk Tours was amazing. We learned so much about the history and city of Charleston. Jon was very knowledgeable and was able to keep our... read more

    jpete123
    8/05/2019

    star rating  We enjoyed this walking tour! We found it to be one of the most interesting tours and we walked away with so much more knowledgeable of Charleston! ... read more

    Jennifer B
    4/14/2020
  • star rating  My mom (visiting from California) and I had the best time walking with Jonathan! He was very informative, and the historical stories he told were detailed and captivating. I feel... read more

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    12/02/2019

    star rating  Our tour was on Christmas Day and it was the best present I have ever opened! Jon is a bottomless wealth of information, facts, and obscure details which made the... read more

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    1/11/2020

    star rating  My wife and I couldn’t have been more pleased with this experience. Interactive, informative, fun, and knowledgeable are all correct adjectives to use while describing Jonathan. I saw the... read more

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    5/22/2021

    star rating  On thanksgiving Day, Jonathan took myself and about 14 friends on a tour through Charleston. I have lived here for two years and have never done a walking tour before.... read more

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    12/06/2019
  • star rating  Jonathan’s passion for history radiates and brings life to his tours. He will take you on a walk through history that will inspire you and create a sense of emotion... read more

    m_gould96
    11/28/2019

    star rating  Our group of 7 from Ohio joined our guide Jonathan today for a walking tour to learn about some badass women who through determination, grit, perseverance, and passion, helped change... read more

    Bindy G
    11/14/2019

    star rating  We had Jonathan give us the Chicora tour and had a blast! Beautiful Charleston weather and inspirational stories told with passion. I learned a lot and am looking forward to... read more

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    11/28/2019

    star rating  John has more passion and knowledge than the average tour guide in Charleston. What makes his tour so special is the way he ties together all of his knowledge to... read more

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    2/05/2020
  • star rating  My wife and I spent a weekend in Charleston and booked a walking tour with JWalk tours. We had a great time. The walking tour was right around two hours.... read more

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    3/28/2021

    star rating  My husband and I took a tour with Jonathan Green and are already discussing when we should do this again! So much history, enthusiasm and energy comes with the... read more

    IowaGuiness
    11/22/2019

    star rating  I would highly recommend this walking tour to anyone visiting Charleston. Tour guide John was knowledgeable, informative & fun!

    stevegK8243WF
    1/15/2020

    star rating  We have been to Charleston many times doing many historic tours. This was/is hands down the best we have ever done. We learned the most and enjoyed this tour so... read more

    666russellt
    3/15/2020
  • star rating  We had an excellent, informative walk with Jonathan. He knows his Charleston history and his love for the city and it’s unique place in both the Revolutionary and Civil War... read more

    sharon w
    10/04/2019

    star rating  This tour was a great way to get situated with the history and layout of Charleston. Jonathan was a fabulous host, and I loved seeing how passionate he was about... read more

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    4/29/2021

    star rating  We had a great tour today with Jonathan! I highly recommend taking one of his tours He is extremely knowledgeable and answers all your questions. We got to learn... read more

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    10/10/2019

    star rating  Me and a co worker really enjoyed the tour. Our guide’s knowledge was amazing and also his passion for history made it more interesting!

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    3/31/2020
  • star rating  This was the best tour I’ve taken. John is so personable and engaging. The walk was a perfect blend of history and entertainment. He loves what he does and it’s... read more

    ellisdea
    1/23/2020

    star rating  The Badass Broads tour was worth it! We did it on Thanksgiving and had Mark all to ourselves. He was extremely interesting, easy to follow, walked at a great pace,... read more

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    12/10/2019

    star rating  Jonathan was knowledgeable and engaging and was very thoughtful! I loved the tour and all the historical stories. The pace was perfect and if you required any breaks he was... read more

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    5/22/2021

    star rating  I have been a tour guide for 4 years and this one of the best tours and experiences I’ve had in Charleston. John not only provides amazing and interesting “herstory”... read more

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    2/04/2020
  • star rating  We had a great time! Plenty of stops and knowledge shared. Felt like a group of friends on a walk around a fascinating city. Awesome!

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    3/13/2021

    star rating  This tour was awesome!! I was entranced by Jon’s knowledge of history and his artfully told stories.

    Footprints754825
    3/07/2021

    star rating  I visited with my wife and 2 daughters (15 and 17) and we were all hanging on every word. many cool things you won’t see or hear about on other... read more

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    2/17/2020

    star rating  Whether you are a visitor or a local, don’t miss the Badass Broads tour. Jonathan is a natural storyteller and researcher. We all loved the experience and plan... read more