Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
Downtown. 122 East Bay St. 727-2165
History lives underneath the cobblestones of the alleys and side streets and in the plethora of historic residences of the Holy City. Plaques line the façades of single houses, marking famous inhabitants and events. By far the title of Most Renowned Old Building belongs to the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon. Constructed in 1771, the Exchange Building played an immense role in the history of Charles Town during the colonial era. Walk up the steps facing Broad Street and stand in the same spot where George Washington once addressed the Lowcountry in 1791. A tour of the Provost Dungeon is sure to make the faint of heart a bit squeamish as they pass moldy caverns that once held such prominent past Charlestonians as Lieutenant Governor Christopher Gadsden, Thomas Heyward Jr., and Edward Rutledge. A series of archaeological excavations yielded some fascinating artifacts, now displayed on-site, giving visitors a glimpse into the ugly past of post-colonial imprisonment. Open every day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon are a veritable feast for any American history buff.