Tea Party Protest Event

Charleston’s Tea Party Protest events are free and open to the public! 

The Charleston Tea Party event will begin on Saturday December 2, 2023, at 10:00am in front of the Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeon, located at 122 East Bay Street. The public is invited to assemble in front of the building as traffic along short sections of Broad and East Bay Streets will be blocked. A theatrical reenactment of our own Tea Party Protest will take place on the front portico of the building. The performance, aided by the crowd and costumed “townspeople” will last approximately 40 minutes and then attendees will be invited to tour the basement of the Exchange where the tea was stored and to partake of some hot tea provided by Oliver Pluff & Co. Attendees will also be provided a pass for free admission to The Powder Magazine Museum for the weekend (Dec 2-3), where a temporary exhibit on 18th century tea will be in place through December. Free admission to the garden and outbuildings of the Heyward Washington House will also be offered.  This commemoration of Charleston’s first Tea Party during the first weekend of December sets the stage for a multi-year commemoration of the American Revolution that will happen locally and throughout South Carolina.

Grant funding for this event has been provided to The NSCDA-SC/ Powder Magazine Museum by the South Carolina Sestercentennial Commission.

For more information on the event, visit the Powder Magazine’s website here.

Sponsors include:

  • The Old Exchange Building
  • The South Carolina Historical Society
  • Oliver Pluff & Co

Event Details

Date: December 2, 2023
Location: Old Exchange Building, 122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC
Time: Begins at 10:00am