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Gullah Tours

#38 of 221 Tours in Charleston
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Address: 375 Meeting Street, Bus Shed at the Charleston Visitor’s Center, Charleston, SC 29401
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843-763-7551
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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On our GULLAH TOUR we give an interesting glimpse into an ancient culture...

On our GULLAH TOUR we give an interesting glimpse into an ancient culture of these mysterious people descending from way across da water. Gullah people are the direct blood descendants of the slaves brought to the Lowcountry regions of South Carolina and Georgia; including both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. These peculiar people were brought to Charleston by way of cargo slave ships. Charleston held the largest slave market in the United States where the Gullah culture & language continues this very day.

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Lot's of Character!

My family and I just loved Alfonso's charismatic personality. Having done a historic walking tour the day before, this tour gave us a more unique perspective on Charleston's... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Emily F
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I just loved Alfonso's charismatic personality. Having done a historic walking tour the day before, this tour gave us a more unique perspective on Charleston's history - including more information on African American and Gullah heritage. Even though my family and I prefer more active tours (such as walking or biking), being driven on the van was... More 

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Thank Emily F
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Two hours tour with Mr Alfonso Brown and your life will be enriched. You learn about the history of Charleston, how it is evolving, see the non-tourist areas as well as the super rich, learn some Gullah language and be totally amused with Mr Brown's witty humour/humor. Many thanks Mr Brown and Gloria for organising this trip.

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Thank Aine F
Dublin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Mr Brown is charming and funny. He started off by teaching us some Gullah. Wow that was difficult and it took a little time to get the rhythm and fully understand everything. But we got it, and it was such a good tour. We covered the entire city, including the 'projects' and 'the hood', as well as the millionaire areas.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our driver, Mr. Brown, that may or may not have been his name, we were never quite sure, was very informative, and entertaining. You see Charleston from the viewpoint of it's first enslaved African population and current Black residents that you don't get on other tours. He told us that the price of the tour depended on whether or not... More 

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Oostburg, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour fills in a large piece of history omitted by the standard tours. Gullah is a creole language originally spoken by slaves in South Carolina and Georgia, and the tour covers the history and contributions of the African-American residents of Charleston. Alphonso Brown is a charming and knowledgeable guide who speaks Gullah and has personal experience with many of... More 

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Thank Judith B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this tour almost as much as I loved the openness and kindness and perspective of the guide. I went on the tour just days after the horrific church shooting, and the guide explained how important overcoming racism and understanding our history was in a clear and compassionate way. We saw a lot of the sites from Sue Monk... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tour had been recommended by friends and was a highlight well worth the $18 cost/person. Tour includes many of the sights I suspect other tour companies take you too plus lots of fascinating sights and stories about Charleston's African American community as well as the origins and history of Gullah. Owner is funny, happily entertains questions and is extremely knowledgeable.... More 

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Thank dmcnslt
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is a tour you don't want to miss when you visit Charleston. Mr, Alphonso Brown is an amazing storyteller and he brings history to life. It is wonderful to hear his Gullah language and his pride about his heritage shines through.

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2 Thank sharon w
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This was a tour that needs to be a high school or collegiate level class. Alphonso Brown is a jewel to the Charleston community. I learned soooo... much I had to buy his book and will return again to be schooled again.

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1 Thank zeta021996
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Mr. Brown is a native Charlestonian and a member of the Gullah community. This is strictly a bus tour and covers a wide swath of the city including part the carriage tours do not go to. Mr. Brown is a polished tour guide who knows his stuff and can answer questions. We found some repetition but much on this tour... More 

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