Beyond the Big House Tour at the Gaillard Center
Saturday, September 15, 2018 September 15, 2018 King Charles Inn
Presented by The Slave Dwelling Project, the Charleston Gaillard Center and Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF). Kitchens, carriage houses, slave dwellings and even churches where the enslaved worshiped have survived to tell the stories of African Americans in early Charleston, their lives and immense contributions to the fabric of our city.
The Charleston Gaillard Center, where the tour will begin, stands between two historically significant early neighborhoods, Mazyck-Wraggborough and Ansonborough, separated by Calhoun Street. Now in the heart of Downtown, the earlier name for the thoroughfare, Boundary Street, represents a time when the road defined the northern edge of Charleston. Beyond the city limits in Mazyck-Wraggborough, where there were fewer restrictions on free people of color, a diverse community grew adjacent to the suburban villas of wealthy white planters and merchants. Explore several properties associated with African Americans, both free and enslaved, in these noteworthy neighborhoods and learn how the properties have been preserved and re-used by the current owners.