This profound period of our nation’s past is commemorated with deep respect and honor and ignites our quest for understanding the events that shaped not only our ancestors’ collective histories, but the very fiber of our American way of life.
Many significant events of the Civil War that led to the transformation of our country took place in the Charleston area and are easily accessible from our hotel. Be the first to see familiar and rarely seen images through the photographic history of the American Civil War, on exhibit now through January 5, 2014 at the Gibbes. Your package includes accommodations and two tickets per night of your choice from the following:
**Fort Sumter National Monument: This 2 hour and 15 minute tour consists of approximately 35 minutes of narration while cruising historic Charleston Harbor, 1 hour at Fort Sumter, and then 30 minutes of continued narration on the return trip. Boats leave from Liberty Square at Aquarium Wharf daily.
**Civil War & Slavery tour by Old Charleston Walking Tours: From the first shots at Fort Sumter to the fall of Charleston, this tour covers all the key events of the war in addition to many surprising insights. Perfect for both beginners and experts. This two hour walking tour leaves from Washington Square Park daily at 10:30 am.
**The Charleston Museum: America's First Museum, founded in 1773. The Charleston Museum’s permanent City Under Siege: Charleston in the Civil War exhibit offers a rich overview of events in and around Charleston from secession to 1865. Also, the museum has a special exhibition: “Our Duty was Quite Arduous”: The Union Encampment on Little Folly Island, 1863- 1865, which includes Civil War artifacts recovered by Charleston Museum archaeologists from the beach of Folly Island (On display till March 10, 2014). Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
**Gibbes Museum of Art: till January 5, 2014 will have the Photography and the American Civil WarExhibition. Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this landmark exhibition brings together more than 200 of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War. This camera recording from beginning to end tells the story of the heartbreaking narrative of the epic four-year war, in which 750,000 lives were lost. From haunting battlefield landscapes strewn with bodies, to languorous camp scenes showing exhausted troops in repose; this exhibit features groundbreaking works by noted photographers of the day. This choice includes a 10% discount at the Gibbes Museum Shop. Open 10am-5 pm Tue-Sat:1pm-5pm on Sunday.