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Looking 'Beyond The Big House' And Into The Lives Of Slaves

A new house tour bypasses Charleston's antebellum mansions and takes visitors directly to the quarters where enslaved people lived and worked.
The upstairs porch of Ann Blessing's home in Charleston, S.C. has been a stop on a popular historic home tour. For the first time, visitors will tour the kitchen where enslaved people once spent most of their lives, toiling over hot fires. Source: Sarah McCammon

Anne Blessing grew up in a classic antebellum house with double-decker porches and gorgeous brickwork, just steps from the Charleston Harbor. For years, the home in Charleston, S.C. had been a stop on a popular historic home tour.

"Normally people want to see the fancier parts of the house," Blessing said. "You know, where in colonial times they would have taken people upstairs to the nicer parlor; the dining room, of course, with the beautiful wood and all the

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