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The Historic Battery in Charleston

Almost every location in Charleston has some historic value, and the Battery is no different. Shaded by large Oak and Palmetto trees overlooking the Charleston Harbor, the Battery’s official name was coined when the harbor was blockaded by the British during the War of 1812. To defend their city, the residents of Charleston placed large caliber guns along White Point. But before that, the town itself was long since developed around the battery. It’s where new and returning passengers were greeted as they made their way into Charleston harbor. Even before then, it was home to local Indians who used the area to dispose of white oyster shells – hence the name White Point. This shell-covered slice of the Battery was also the site where many pirates paid the ultimate price, at the hands of the residents of Charleston. Though…

14 Beautiful South Carolina Destinations to Visit Before You Die

“Strolling through the Charleston Historic District is like stepping into the past. Downtown Charleston has become known for its remarkable array of 18th century homes, churches, and businesses, while a new generation of entrepreneurs offer exciting new shopping and dining experiences.” – Read the full article HERE!

A Brief History of Charleston

First established in 1670 as Charles Town, the city began as a colonial seaport and developed into a wealthy city by the mid-eighteenth century. Until the start of the civil war, Charles Town’s economy prospered, steadily importing goods through its busy seaport and producing rice, cotton, and indigo. The historical city is home to the…

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Charleston’s Oldest Carriage Tour

The Palmetto Carriage herd is made up of 35 mules, 20 horses, 2 goats, and 6 chickens. The average age of a Palmetto Carriage animal is 15. The average Palmetto Carriage animal’s work day is 5 hours (limited to 8 hours). Palmetto Carriage animals average 25 weeks a year at our farm on John’s Island. Palmetto Carriage’s animal welfare program has a 100% success rate. Palmetto Carriage has not had one case of heat stress or stroke in over 30 years of business. Palmetto Carriage’s downtown will hold up to 28 animals, all in large box stalls. Palmetto Carriage goes through approximately 12,000 bags of shavings (for stall bedding) a year. Palmetto Carriage goes through approximately 61 tons of feed a year. Palmetto Carriage uses approximately 275 tubes of de-wormer each year. Palmetto Carriage uses approximately 3,500 square bales and…

Our History

Established in 1972, Palmetto Carriage Works is the oldest carriage company in historic Charleston, S.C. Family-owned and operated, the company offers guided horse and mule-drawn tours of Charleston’s downtown and residential historic district for the thousands of visitors hoping to take in the charm and history of the city in a more authentic way. The company’s hour long tours are narrated by experienced guides who have been in the industry for years. Tours are lively, educational, and historically accurate, allowing guests to see the highlights of Charleston’s past and to learn about areas not often seen by many tourists. Charleston’s beauty and charm are well preserved, thanks to strict preservation laws, and the neighborhoods of downtown Charleston are a remarkable place to hear and witness the ever unfolding history of the Holy City. The philosophy at Palmetto Carriage Works is that the employees make the tour. From the ground…

Meet Ruby Rose!!

This beauty is Palmetto Carriage’s newest team member!  She is a Morgan Percheron cross.  She is 7 years old and a “dream to drive.” Stop by the Big Red Barn and meet her. Welcome Ruby Rose!!

Congratulations to Our Newest Guides!

The city of Charleston tourism department conducted its quarterly permanent exam for tour guide license applicants.  Out of a possible 106 points, Dana Neely, of Palmetto Carriage had a high score of 102.  Along with Dana, Monty Akers and Michael Whitehurst (also with Palmetto Carriage) took and passed the permanent guide exam. Palmetto Carriage would like to congratulate and welcome all newly licensed tour guides in the city!

Palmetto Carriage Management Team

Thomas J. Doyle, Jr. President President Thomas J. Doyle, Jr., has been responsible for managing all aspects of the carriage business since he became president in 1983. He started at Palmetto Carriage Works in 1977 as a driver and rose up through the ranks. Recently, Tom has turned over general management of PCW to his son Tommy, who serves and General Manager and son Ben, who serves as operations manager. A founding member of the Carriage Operators of North America (CONA), Thomas previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce (1998-1999) and as a member of the Board of Governors for the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. From 2000-2002, he served as an extern instructor for Johnson & Wells. Thomas is also past president of the Skal Club of Charleston…