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October 27, 2016 to October 30, 2016
 Charleston, South Carolina

The Commandery of the Southeast would like to welcome you to the 2016 Grand Prioral Council Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, or, as is locally expressed, “where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean”. Charleston is known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, stylish elegance, exceptional food and Southern charm. Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina.

Welcome Letter View Schedule

To view the upcoming 2017 Grand Prioral Council Meeting, please click here.

Click here to visit the official tourism website for Charleston to learn more about the city!

Tour of Middleton Place


Join a private tour of Middleton Place which was built in 1755 overlooking the Ashley River. Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. The house contains an extraordinary collection of Middleton family furniture, paintings, books and documents dating from the 1740’s through the Civil War. Round trip transportation is included with this tour. To view the Middleton Place website, Click Here.

Walking Tour of Charleston


Join the “Historic Charleston” tour which is the definitive tour of our historic host city. Charleston is America’s most preserved historic city and is commonly referred to as the “Holy City” (due to the many churches in the area). Venture down thoroughfares and hidden alleys, to explore a city that is an amazing example of living history. Visit the city’s most historic sites including a look inside the Nathaniel Russell House (Click Here for house website) in the downtown area. One-way transportation to the tour meeting point in included with this tour. Participants will take the free shuttle or walk back to the hotel when the tour is over.

The Citadel


The Citadel is a landmark in Charleston and South Carolina that is noted for its educational reputation as well as its rich history. Founded in 1842, The Citadel is best known for its Corps of Cadets, which draws students from about 45 states and a dozen countries. The men and women in the Corps live and study under a classical military system that makes leadership and character development an essential part of the educational experience.

On Friday afternoon, you will have the opportunity to view the Citadel Cadet Dress Parade. The tradition of parading troops can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great. Drill procedures and movements on the parade field are identical to the tactical maneuvers employed on the battlefield in the past. To view The Citadel website, Click Here

The Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Francis Marion Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built to reflect the prosperity of the times, it opened in 1924 during the roaring twenties.

The hotel is located in the historic district and commands excellent city views including Charleston’s church steeples, antebellum mansions and the famous harbor. The Francis Marion offers all the traditional services of a grand hotel including valet parking, concierge, room service, complimentary wireless Internet, business and fitness centers, a gift shop and great dining and entertainment options. To find out more about the hotel, please visit the hotel website: Click Here

We have arranged for a special St. Lazarus room rate at The Francis Marion Hotel:

  • Traditional Rooms for $189 USD per night
  • Deluxe Rooms for $209 USD per night

Rates are valid from October 23rd thru November 2nd if reserved by September 28th

Register Online

Or call the hotel directly at 877-756-2121 to book your rooms and tell them you are with the Order of St. Lazarus.


Hotel Valet Parking $22 USD/day
Self–Park $17 USD/day


Charleston International Airport (CHS)

Distance to Hotel: 12 Miles

Taxi $30 USD one–way
Shuttle $14 USD, one–way


The month of October is characterized by warm temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 82F – 73F and average lows are 54F – 66F with a low to moderate amount of precipitation.