There is no better way to travel through Charleston’s beautiful neighborhoods than by horse and carriage. Classic Carriage Works will give you a much better understanding of the rich and turbulent history of this amazing city. We have the most experienced guides, the best looking horses, and we operate out of the oldest active stable in the city.
Let us show you what has made Charleston one of the top travel destinations in the world! Few cities can boast of having had as much of an impact on the course of American history as Charleston, South Carolina.
As the oldest English colony south of Virginia, the colony of Charles Town was settled in May of 1670. What was once a small walled city frequented by sailors, fur traders, slave ships, and pirates, would become one of the busiest harbors in the country and per capita the wealthiest city in North America. The colony combined European, West African, and Caribbean cultures to form a vibrant and thriving city.
Charleston has witnessed attacks by the French and the Spanish, a blockade by Blackbeard, the largest slave revolt in British North America, and the longest siege in our nation’s history. During the American Revolution, the city was the site of one of the first great victories of the war in 1776, as well as the worst defeat of the Continental Army in 1780. The “Cradle of Secession,” Charleston led the country into the deadliest conflict in American history with the firing on Fort Sumter in April of 1861, and was the setting for the longest sustained campaign of the Civil War. The city has also suffered through fires, epidemics, tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes.
Despite this long history of disaster and catastrophe, Charleston remains a city of grace, elegance, and charm. Given that the city motto is “Aedes Mores Juraque Curat,” which translates to “She guards her buildings, customs, and laws,” it should come as no surprise that the first historic district in America was started here in 1931. This passion has resulted in Charleston becoming one of the best preserved cities in America. Tourism has revived the city over the last few decades, and over the last several years Charleston has received multiple awards for being one of the top travel destinations in the world, one of America’s friendliest (and best looking) cities, as well as one of the best culinary cities in America. Let us show you what makes this city so special!