Festival of Houses and Gardens

Tickets now available!

March 16 - April 22, 2017

Proceeds benefit Historic Charleston Foundation's historic preservation initiatives and educational programs.

Set amid the ambience of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours and educational events showcase Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. The tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences. Tours and events vary by day. Scroll down to order tickets (beginning Nov. 1).

Festival of Houses and Gardens Brochure 2017

Calendar at a Glance: March

Calendar at a Glance: April

Tickets may be purchased online and by calling 843-722-3405.

Phone lines are open:
Nov. 1-March 13: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
March 14-April 22: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

Join our mailing list/request a printed brochure be mailed to you.

Morning History Walks - 3/29/2017

Date: 3/29/2017  |   Time: 9:30 AM

Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours.
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Meeting Street Tour 2

Date: 3/29/2017  |   Time: 2:00 PM

Residences in this neighborhood date from the earliest period of English settlement on the peninsula to later, more imposing dwellings built in Greek Revival and Italianate fashions.
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Jazzed Up in the Holy City

Date: 3/29/2017  |   Time: 7:00 PM

Rejoice with a high energy tribute to Charleston’s rich jazz history with the Charlton Singleton Ensemble, featuring classic to modern jazz hits performed by a ten-piece band and vocalist. An acclaimed and multi-talented musician and conductor best known for his virtuoso trumpet playing, Singleton’s magical and versatile artistry dazzles audiences. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be offered for purchase during the intermission.
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Morning History Walks - 3/30/2017

Date: 3/30/2017  |   Time: 9:30 AM

Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours.
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Food for Thought: Doin' the Charleston: the City's Journey to Jazz

Date: 3/30/2017  |   Time: 11:30 AM

Join historian and musicologist Dr. Nic Butler to learn how the Colonial period’s military marching bands and classical and folk music combined over time and ultimately developed into jazz at the turn of the twentieth-century. Discover the pivotal roles talented African American musicians, both free and enslaved, played in this journey.
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King Street Tour 2

Date: 3/30/2017  |   Time: 2:00 PM

Untouched by the great fires that ravaged Charleston, this neighborhood boasts architecture from early Georgian to late Victorian, from modest artisans’ houses to grand townhouses.
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Morning History Walks - 3/31/2017

Date: 3/31/2017  |   Time: 9:30 AM

Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. No private sites or interiors are included on these tours. Departs from The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation, 108 Meeting Street. Check in promptly at 9:15 a.m.
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Legacy of African Americans in Charleston Tour 1

Date: 3/31/2017  |   Time: 11:00 AM

Learn about the rich and varied contributions made by black Charlestonians, including world-renowned ironsmith artist, Philip Simmons, during a bus excursion with Alphonso Brown of Gullah Tours.
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Glorious Gardens III

Date: 3/31/2017  |   Time: 2:00 PM

These walking tours are arranged so guests may stroll leisurely through eight to ten private gardens. Guides are stationed at each location to provide information about garden design, plant material and history.
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Morning History Walks - 4/1/2017

Date: 4/1/2017  |   Time: 9:30 AM

Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours.
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VOLUNTEER

The Festival is made possible thanks to nearly 700 community volunteers who support the Foundation as docents and street marshals. Learn about volunteer benefits and sign up!

Preserve & Protect

Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. More>

Contact Us

Historic Charleston Foundation
40 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-723-1623


2017 Spring Festival and Antiques Show Ticket Office: 
108 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-3405
 

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