It was actually really awesome and our tour guide, Buddy, was fantastic. Buddy is the curator and those little old ladies held on to every word he said! I learned so many new things and had a few facts set straight. For example- our state flag…
Col. Moultrie was asked to designed the first flag in 1775. Here's what they got:
I didn’t know that!!! Wasn't in my SC History class in school! I just assumed, with many others, that it was the moon (the Carolina moon shining down… type thing, ya know?).
Purvis, a SC Native and USC grad, was an FBI agent and was with the team that took down the infamous bank robber John Dillinger.
Mason was an assassin that literally had a license to kill issued to him by the British government. His life, experience, and knowledge were used as the inspiration for the 007 movies. They have some of his spy gear, including a spy camera (I have one that is similar!!), umbrella with a cap laced with a poisonous needle, and “trick” guns (a cigarette lighter that’s really a gun).
I'm telling you- it was super cool. You should check it out! It’s free (BUT leave a donation if you can! We need to preserve our history!) and if you are a South Carolinian you will enjoy the history lesson! It's on Bluff Road (kinda near the stadium).