The very first carriage tours in Charleston rolled out of the Old Brick Barn on Guignard Street over 60 years ago, and the best ones still do! Originally constructed in the late 19th century to house delivery horses for a local dairy, our barn is the oldest active stable in the city. All of our tours end at the Old Brick Barn, which you are welcome to explore.
At Classic Carriage Works, our focus is on quality, not quantity. We are one of the smallest companies in town, and we’re fine with that. It allows us to provide our customers with the best possible service, the most experienced guides, and the best looking horses in Charleston. The average experience for one of our tour guides is over 10 years. No one can show you Charleston like we can. We are the only company to offer not only a Charleston History Tour, but also our highly rated Civil War Tour and Slavery to Freedom Tour. Interested in a particular subject that you don’t see here? With advance notice we can customize the tour for private groups to focus on almost any part of the city’s history.
We are a full service carriage company. In addition to the touring carriages that we use downtown, we also keep an extensive collection of more traditional vehicles at our warehouse, including vehicles that would have been common on the streets of Charleston long before automobiles, as well as wedding and funeral carriages. Our antique carriages have been featured in many different television shows, advertisements, and feature films over the years, most notably in the 2003 film Cold Mountain, and most recently on the history special Lincoln’s Last Day, which aired on the Smithsonian Channel. Charleston has also become one of the most popular wedding destinations in the country, and Classic Carriage is the premier company for wedding carriages. Our mobile service allows us to operate anywhere in the area. If you are looking for a special way to say goodbye to a loved one, we are also the only carriage company in Charleston to offer a funeral service with a horse drawn hearse. Please see our Special Events page for more information about these services.