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Why Does Church Street Curve Around St. Philip’s Church?

by Van Sturgeon, Certified Tour Guide with Palmetto Carriage Works in Charleston, SC One of the most alluring architectural vistas in our country can be seen as you travel north on Church Street and gaze up at the portico and steeple of St. Philip’s Church. The church’s beauty is enhanced by the fact that it extends beyond the sidewalk into the middle of Church Street, which gracefully curves around the triple portico. The church you see today is the second on this site. The original held its first service on Easter Sunday 1723, and burned down in a fire in February 1835. The so-called Old Church (sketched below) was situated so that it provided a visual terminus to the city’s central north-south thoroughfare. It was, after all, as far north as you could go in the colonial walled-city at that…

Farewell to Trump!

After a long and successful career with us, the Palmetto Carriage Family said farewell to one of our favorite four legged employees. While he will no longer work pulling carriages in Charleston, Trump will still be employed. His next career will be at Lazy Oaks Farm in Simpsonville, SC working as a therapy horse. During…

Plan Your Next Fall Getaway in Charleston

Charleston is the perfect place to spend a weekend in the fall. While the summer brings beautiful blooms and boatloads (quite literally) of tourists to the area, fall in the Lowcountry has a magic of its own. Whether it’s grabbing a cider from the closest brewery, going to the fair, or simply seeing the marsh…

3 Reasons Your Wedding Needs a Carriage Exit

With wedding season quickly approaching, we’re sure you are looking for those last minute details to make your big day extra special. One thing that could get overlooked in all the planning is your exit. It’s a huge moment because it’s the first time you two are off on your own as a married couple….

2019’s Meet a Horse Day Recap

On July 20th, we celebrated National Meet a Horse Day! The event was a huge success and we loved seeing so many Lowcountry kids. The day started with an animal welfare presentation, which followed Yogi and BooBoo (two brothers) on their adventures not only in town but at the farm on John’s Island. The kids…

Animal Spotlight: Volvo

Greetings, fellow horse lovers! It’s that time again. Let’s meet one of our newest animals at the barn named Volvo. How long has Volvo been working at Palmetto Carriage Works? He’s been working for us since March this year so he’s still pretty new. Where’s Volvo from? What was he doing previously? He came from…

Equine Veterinarian Weighs In On Palmetto Carriage Horse Care

At Palmetto Carriage Works, we are not immune to criticism. We are constantly conversing with the public and our guests about the treatment and care for our animals–horses, mules, chickens and barn cats alike. And we know that those who are skeptical of our industry have their hearts in the right place. Our four-legged coworkers…

What Our Guests Say About our Carriage Tours

If you’ve been thinking about taking a carriage tour in Charleston, SC, but aren’t quite sure which company with which to go, we’re sharing a few of the quotes we’ve gotten in the past few months. Lots of companies will tell you how great they are, but it’s always better to take it straight from the horse’s mouth–or in this case, the customers’. Justin was our tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and hilarious! And Tom and Jerry were our beautiful team pulling us!” -Kerri Murphy Great people who truly love and care about the horses and mules. I like how they keep track of the horses hours, just like the staff. To make sure none are overworked. With me being an equine person most of my life, I was extremely interested with the horses shoes. Fantastic job (picture attached)….

10 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Horses

At Palmetto Carriage Works, our horses are powerful animals that work diligently. Their strong hindquarters effortlessly propel them through each day and their witty sense is admirable. But what makes these incredible animals so unique? Here are 10 horse fun facts:   For starters, horses have the largest eyes of any land animal. No wonder they are able to move so elegantly without missing a beat. Since their eyes are positioned on the sides of their head, horses can see almost 360 degrees at all times. So, rest assured, if you drop a peppermint on the ground, they’ll be the first to spot their favorite treat! Horses’ teeth take up more room in their head than their brain. However, this happened gradually after early generations of horses were transitioned from eating a diet of predominantly fruit to grass. The bigger…

Featured on TravelMag’s “Top Things to Do in Charleston at Night”

TravelMag recently featured Palmetto Carriage Works in its “Top Things to Do in Charleston At Night” and we’re thrilled to have made the cut. If you’re wondering what to do in our historic city once the sun sets, check out their recommendations here (including an evening carriage tour). One of the most traditional activities to enjoy in Charleston is to explore the city aboard an authentic carriage. There are several companies offering such tours in the city, and one of the most renowned is Palmetto Carriage Works. Among the tours they offer is an Evening Carriage Tour of the Commercial District, which takes in parts of the old walled city, historic churches and public buildings as well as the Cooper River Water Front. Tours run for about 35-minutes, during which you’ll learn about Charleston’s history, architecture, and the people that make up…

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