The Charleston Tour Association (CTA) and the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC got together during the Guild’s fall trip to Charleston. The Guild has an annual fall trip and this year we visited Charleston. The long bus ride from Washington to Charleston was broken up by a visit to the Pamplin Historial Park and The National Museum of the Civil War soldier on the way to Charleston and the Airbourne & Special Operations Museum on the way home. Our Charleston itinerary was planned and guided by the president of the CTA, Stephen Herchak. What a time we had beginning with a delicious dinner at the Charleston Crab House on Wappoo Creek. The next day, Stephen took us on a wonderful tour of Charleston. It began with a welcome and tour of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) by Perrin Lawson, their Deputy Director. This was followed by a bus tour including the history of the city and the historic sights. We walked through the White Point Garden on way to visit Edmonston-Alston House where Virginia Mizel, their Director, arranged for knowledgeable docents give us in-depth tours. From there we rode past Rainbow Row on our way to Washington Park where we saw Robert Mills’ Fireproof Building and visited the Charleston City Hall and the wonderful art collection in the chamber. After lunch and shopping at the historic City Market, we headed to the harbor and boarded the boat to visit Historic Ft Sumter. Rick Mosteller, Owner Fort Sumter Tours ensured a great visit. Maybe he had“pull” as what had been a rainy day turned to sun! Ft Sumter was fascinating due largely to Stephen’s commentary. Upon our return, we were welcomed at the Old Exchange Building by Tony Youmans, Director, and had a tour of the historic building This was followed by the Charleston Tour Association graciously hosting the Guild members to a yummy holiday dinner reception in the Old Exchange. It was a great opportunity for the guides from both associations to get to know each other.
Special thanks also goes to Michelle Heller for assisting the Training Committee with the plans for the 2016 Charleston, SC Getaway.