Local mom Jackie Vest shares her experience taking her children to The Old Exchange in Charleston, SC.
The Old Exchange is touted as a “must-see” when visiting downtown Charleston. Located right on the water, it is a historical gem of both the Colonial and Revolutionary eras – being at times a Revolutionary-era prison, a place where George Washington visited, a post where slaves were sold, a building for 18th Century assemblies, a platform for trade and business, a dungeon for pirates, and the place from which South Carolina’s delegates ratified the Constitution.
There is more history here than can be absorbed. Visitors are welcome to wander around before and after tours, take a guided tour, and even sign the Constitution!
Our Time at The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon (aka The Custom House)
Below the building is a huge brick dungeon complete with full-size pirate figures, gun powder kegs, and more. The only thing my boys loved more than that awesome dungeon was standing in the great hall where our delegates once stood and signing their names on the Declaration of Independence! The tours are very informative, yet can be a bit lengthy for toddlers – bring diversions. The whole building itself is a mystery as so many things took place upon that foundation, it is incredibly fascinating! Of course, we couldn’t leave without visiting the gift shop, my boys are now the proud owners of gunpowder holders made from cow horns and leather.
Plan Your Trip to The Old Exchange
Open every day of the week 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
122 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Visit the website here.
Plan to spend 1-3 hours here depending on your kids.
Would your kids love a visit to The Old Exchange?