At the height of Charleston’s blooming season, the 66th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 21 – April 20, is a great opportunity to get a rare look inside Charleston’s gracious homes and hidden gardens. Located in the Old and Historic districts, some of these private residences date to the 18th century and are filled with fascinating history, antiques and art. You’ll have the chance to see homes from the Colonial, Antebellum, Victorian and 20th century eras. Beautiful architecture and lavish gardens are woven throughout the historic neighborhoods of Charleston. Experience true southern hospitality by participating in a house and garden tour, which feature seven to 10 properties each day in one of 11 neighborhoods. Or learn some history with a morning history walk. Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. In concert with the Festival of Houses and Gardens is the 10th Annual Charleston Antiques Show, March 22 – 24. The Antiques Show is a showcase of English, European, and American historical furnishings, decorative arts and fine art, architectural elements, garden furniture, vintage jewelry, and silver–all late 17th to 20th centuries. Combination tickets are available for the Antiques Show and Festival tour.
Other Events During the Festival
Music concerts will be available during the Festival on March 25, April 3, and April 13. Eat and Run lunchtime events will be held throughout the Festival on a wide variety of topics from architecture, to ironwork, to cooking, to textiles. Gospel Brunch at Hall’s Chophouse: Be inspired by the rich and moving sounds of an accomplished gospel soloist as you enjoy delicious food for the soul from a select menu at local favorite restaurant. Harbor History Boat Tour: Join local historian Ian MacDonald aboard the Spirit of Carolina for this panoramic perspective of the South’s most historic seaport. Cruise includes hors d’oeuvres, a wine or beer ticket, and soft drinks. Cash bar available. Reservations required. Plantation Picnic & Oyster Roast: Fun for the whole family, the Festival Oyster Roast and Picnic held on Good Friday will allow you to experience the unique culinary pleasures of the Carolina Lowcountry at historic Drayton Hall Plantation, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Built when George Washington was only six years old, this National Historic Landmark, c. 1738, is the only main plantation house on the historic Ashley River to predate the Revolutionary War. Downtown Villa Picnic & Oyster Roast: The Aiken-Rhett House, a property of Historic Charleston Foundation, stands alone as the most intact townhouse complex showcasing urban life in antebellum Charleston. Wine & Spirits Tastings: The Wine Shop and Circa 1886, a AAA four-diamond restaurant, will have quality wines to sample paired with delectable hors d’oeuvres. Firefly spirits are made on Wadmalaw Island, south of Charleston. Special ingredients found on the island inspired Firefly to create handcrafted spirits unlike those found anywhere else, using their own muscadine grapes and tea grown just a few miles away on America’s only tea plantation. When you come for the Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens in beautiful Charleston, you’ll find the Governor’s House Inn is at the center of it all, so book your stay today.