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Charleston: Magnolia Cemetery Nighttime Tour

1. Charleston: Magnolia Cemetery Nighttime Tour

With an expert guide, enjoy a 90-minute walking tour to uncover the best of Magnolia Cemetery’s history, mystery, and spirits. Hear startling stories such as the unsolved murdered socialite, an outraged politician that ordered his butler’s execution, and scandalous tragedies that are never told in history books. Originally a 1790’s rice plantation, Magnolia Cemetery was founded in 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River in Downtown Charleston. Home to 35,000 permanent residents, including authors and poets, artists, Confederate generals and soldiers, prominent politicians, bootleggers, prostitutes, and socialites. Magnolia Cemetery served as a Confederate encampment to defend the city from the Union bombardment during the Civil War. Over 2,000 Confederate soldiers lay at rest in Magnolia, including the eight-man Hunley crew, eighty-four soldiers who fought in the battle at Gettysburg, and six confederate generals.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 22 reviews

This was an awesome experience! We were going for the ghostly experience, what what we received was a beautiful piece of history and the beauty of a majestic cemetery.

Tour was even better than anticipated. The guide was great and the information was quite historical. It was a good combination of history and ghost stories.

What an amazing tour! We had a blast, and our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable & friendly. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend!

Keith Kirkland was a fantastic Guide !!!! The history and knowledge he shared was amazing !! This is a must do tour !!!

Really nice evening walk in the cemetery accompanied by amazing stories of Charleston and southern history.