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“A Wonderful Tour!”
Review of Gullah Tours

Gullah Tours
Ranked #45 of 230 Tours in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: On our GULLAH TOUR we give an interesting glimpse into an ancient culture of these mysterious people descending from way across da water. Gullah people are the direct blood descendants of the slaves brought to the Lowcountry regions of South Carolina and Georgia; including both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. These peculiar people were brought to Charleston by way of cargo slave ships. Charleston held the largest slave market in the United States where the Gullah culture & language continues this very day.
Reviewed 13 March 2014

Mr. Brown was not only very entertaining during this tour, he also provided wonderful information! I appreciated every minute of this tour, especially the visit to Mr. Phillip Simmons' home. Thank you Mr. Brown!

Thank Felicia B
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Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

This is a wonderful tour in you want to know more about southern culture in the south. The tour is witty and thorough. Mr. Brown seems to be knowledge about history in the Charleston area. I would encourage anyone visiting the area to take this tour.

Thank aj2601
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Alphonso Brown is certainly a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. It's a good learning experience for those interesting in Black history in Charleston, specifically about slaves, non-slaves and historical context. The tour was long -- about 2 1/2 hours, with most of the time spent in a touring bus. Alphonso speaks rapidly and with much humor. He uses a mike to amplify his narration, but even with this listening aide, we sometimes found him difficult to understand. Perhaps being someone who is not fond of long rides in vehicles with many stops and starts made this tour less than wonderful for me. I also would have preferred a more serious tone rather than his humor-peppered style. Others may have enjoyed it much more.

1  Thank BGK15
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Alphonso Brown is a super tour guide. We really wanted to take this tour for the history of the Gullah culture, but it is so much more. It was an excellent mix of sightseeing, history, the Gullah language and filled with little anecdotes and humor. Nice pace included a stop at the Philip Simmons house. Mr. Simmons was one of the most fascinating men in History and prior to this tour I had never been aware of his life and accomplishments. Well worth the minimal tour cost.

2  Thank uwbooster
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Alphonso Brown shares fascinating and under-told stories about a city he plainly loves. He shares interesting facts about the famous and not-so-famous from a deep well of historical knowledge. Among other things, you will learn the answer to these questions:

* How did wealthy black freemen in Charleston treat slaves -- including their own?
* Why are the kitchens and the main houses of some of Charleston's finest properties really separate?
* What makes some gates adorning Charleston sites more special than others?
* How did the racial caste system function even inside the black community?
* What was the root of the Gullah culture and why does it survive even today? (The day after the tour, I heard waitstaff speaking Gullah to each other, though far too quickly for me to understand.)

Alphonso also engaged his audience and appeared genuinely interested in making sure everyone had a meaningful and enjoyable experience.

I had always wanted to go to Charleston to get a sense of history. This tour definitely left me with that and unexpectedly more.

3  Thank Dan E
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