Charleston is known for its rich, colorful history and its well-preserved or restored colonial architecture. One of the greatest examples is the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. This building served as an Exchange or a Custom House in 1771 before evolving as a post office, a revolutionary prison, and a city hall. In 1973, it was declared as a National Historic Landmark and was restored and opened to the public in the 1980s. This place is a good start for history lovers who would like to understand the early beginnings of Charleston.
Things to Do
- Join a docent-led tour of the building. Guests have commended the tour guides who are in costume for their engaging explanations of the building's history. Their way of story-telling is enjoyable, even the kids get interested.
- Take your time in going around the two-storey building. George Washington held office on the Great Hall at the second floor while the basement holds the Provost Dungeon. The Dungeon was built on top of the old city wall and used to be a prison for pirates. There are also plenty of information about the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
- Visit the gift shop for unique souvenir items, books, and shirts.
The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon Insider Tips
- The museum offers group rates for parties of 6 or more.
- Purchase discounted combo tickets and visit both Old Exchange and Old Slave Mart Museum.