SPONSORED (The Southern Weekend) - There is no better way to spend a spring day than strolling the streets of Charleston, taking in its architecture, its history, and its natural beauty. And for five weeks in March and April, those strolls can come with something extra; a chance to glimpse inside some of Charleston's most amazing houses and gardens.
The 69th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens is now underway. It features daily house and garden tours which give guests the chance to explore some of America's most beautiful historic residences.
"About a hundred and fifty properties are open to the public for a month long period," Kitty Robinson, President of the Historic Charleston Foundation, says. "We give visitors and locals alike the opportunity to go inside these private houses that are historically important and to experience the culture and the objects of importance, artwork, furniture and more."
This year's festival runs from March 16 to April 24. Tickets for the festival are available online at HistoricCharleston.org/festival, and can also be picked up at the festival ticket office, located at The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation at 108 Meeting Street.
Ticket sales support the Historic Charleston Foundation, which has been educating the public about Charleston's history since 1947.
"The festival underwrites our preservation initiatives and allows us to do the most important work of helping preserve and protect the architecture and cultural history of this city," Robinson says.