Charleston Sights


Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon

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Originally a customs house with a waterside entrance, this building was used by the British to house prisoners during the Revolutionary War, an ordeal detailed in a new exhibit. Costumed interpreters bring history to life on guided tours, and kids are both fascinated and scared by the period mannequins on display in the dungeon. But happier events also occurred here: the state ratified the Constitution in 1788, and Washington attended a ball in 1791 (remarking in a letter on the 400 grand ladies that attended).

    Contact Information

  • Address: 122 E. Bay St., South of Broad, Charleston, SC, 29401 | Map It
  • Phone: 843/727–2165
  • Cost: $8
  • Hours: Daily 9–5
  • Website:
  • Location: South of Broad
Updated: 09-24-2012

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    OK historic building

    A former customs house with a basement dungeon, has some historic information and artifacts. Tour is given of the dungeon as it's dark and the floor's uneven, otherwise self-guided. Has staff in period costume on site. Not bad, if maybe a bit less essential than some other area historic buildings.

    by bachslunch, 3/31/09

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