Built as a customs house in 1771, this building once served as the commercial and social center of Charleston. It was the site of many historic events, including the state's ratification of the Constitution in 1788 and two grand celebrations hosted for George Washington (he remarked in his diary that 256 elegant ladies attended the ball). However, the place was also used by the British to house prisoners during the Revolutionary War, an ordeal detailed in one of the exhibits. Costumed interpreters bring history to life on guided tours, and kids are fascinated by the period mannequins on display in the dungeon.
Mar 31, 2009
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.