The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon Charleston, SC
Downtown Charleston is full of a very unique history. Charleston is the home to many national monuments that describe the history of the area, the battles fought nearby and the way of life in the south over the years. One of the best places to visit for our history buffs is the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. The Old Exchange is a ‘must-see’ for all Charleston visitors. During your visit, you will discover this building’s integral role in our country’s quest for independence and its important service to our young nation.
About the Charleston Provost Dungeon
The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon in Charleston, SC, also known as the Custom House, and The Exchange, is located on the east side of Charleston’s historic downtown area, at the northeast corner of East Bay and Broad Streets. It is a two story masonry building, capped by a hipped roof with cupola and set on a high brick basement. The Exchange was built from 1767-1771 by South Carolina’s provincial government, and was used during the 18th century for a variety of civic functions, including as a custom house, public market, public meeting place, and jail. During the American Revolution, it was used as a storage place for confiscated tea and where South Carolina’s revolutionary leadership would meet.
Admission and Tours
While many of the historic buildings in Charleston are residences and focus on prominent families of the city, the Charleston Dungeon began its existence as a public building and remains so today. Owned by the South Carolina Society of the Daughters of American Revolution, the Old Exchange offers public tours of its three floors that highlight various aspects of Charleston history during the Colonial and Revolutionary eras and put into context the people and events of the period. If you would like to visit this historic site, the historic landmark is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. Group tours are available if booked in advance.
During your visit to the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon make sure you ask the staff questions. These people are very knowledgeable about the landmark and the surrounding area and love to speak with guests about the history involved on this historic location. Make sure to also stop by their gift shop and grab something that you can take home to memorialize your trip to this little piece of history. Make sure to see this awesome landmark on your Isle of Palms vacation. Follow the links below to see even more attractions in Charleston and Isle of Palms:
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