Visit the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon
Built in the 1760s, the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon was and still is a public building – first as a customs house, then a exchange, barracks and prison – it now offers a guided tour through the building discussing Charleston’s history. Essential for anyone interested in the development of this historical port town and it’s role in the Revolutionary War and Civil War is to visit the Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeon.
But this architectural highlight in Historic Charleston is not only a glimpse into the city’s past, but also it’s grim and sordid past. The tortured souls of slaves sold at the market and the prisoners left chained to its dungeons walls through disease, famine and floods have left a presence here. From the outside on our Ghosts of Charleston tour, the sounds of moans and cries can be heard through the thick stone walls, or dungeon chains pulled taunt as if the lifeless body of a prisoner hangs there unseen.
As you visit inside the Old Exchange Building & Provost building, the docents lead you through the tales dressed in period clothing, but be careful… some visitors have approached a docent only to have him disappear into thin air!
Entrance to the building includes a self-guided visit to the museum on two floors and a docent-led tour on one floor. The docent tour is about 30 minutes long.
Children (Ages 7-12) $5.00
Students w/ ID $5.00
Children ages six and under are Free
The Old Exchange is open every day of the week 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. After hours? Take our Ghost of Charleston tour to hear the ghoulish takes of its history.
122 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
It’s just outside Waterfront Park, near where we end our Historic Charleston tours!