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In a horse-drawn carriage, meander past moss-draped magnolia and dogwood trees and manicured city gardens fronting 350 years of Colonial, Georgian, Federal, Gothic Revival, Italianate and Victorian estates instantly call to mind the Antebellum South ... More

Archeological digs of wooden huts indicate that Native Americans lived in the Low Country for thousands of years before Christ. They comprised the Kiawah, Etiwan, Edisto, Stono, Wando and Ashepoo tribes ... More

The Old Slave Mart Museum is perhaps the most famous of several locations where slaves were sold in Charleston. The last auctions at this market were held as late as 1863 during the Civil War ... More

Famous for its remarkable mix of Low Country and Soul Food cuisines, Charleston will never disappoint your palate. If you're not invited for dinner at someone's home, try these ... More

This popular cuisine of Charleston is a mixture of African, Caribbean, European and Native American influences. These days, it’s served in 5-star restaurants all over the Carolinas ... More

Basket stands have been sprinkled along North Highway 17 since the 1930s. These wooden stands display the artists’ variety of sizes and designs, and often one can get a glimpse of a basket-in-the-making ... More

Denmark Vesey's Plan of Uprising Against Slavery
Some historians mislabel Vesey's Plan of Uprising Against Slavery as an "Insurrection", but that dishonors the man who sought freedom for people in horrible bondage and discounts his intelligence ... More

Colored Troops "Glory" Assault on Fort Wagner
On 17 July 1862 Congress passed the Confiscation Act declaring all slaves of Rebel masters FREE who joined the Union military. The 1st and 2nd South Carolina Volunteer Regiments of Colored Troops ... More

Places of Worship
Organized in 1791 by enslaved and free persons of African descent, in Emanuel AME Church, Denmark Vesey constructed his plans for a Charleston slave uprising in 1822 ... More

Historic Sites
Denmark Vesey Residence, Catfish Row, Aiken-Rhett House, Drayton Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation, Fort Wagner and Stono River Slave Rebellion Site are the opening acts ... More

General Attractions
Gibbes Museum of Art, Old City Market, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston Cooks! Maverick Kitchen Store, Fort Moultrie, Fort Sumter National Monument ... More

Charleston Jazz
When most people think of the Birth of Jazz, they only think of New Orleans. But there is significant evidence Jazz was evolving simultaneously in Charleston. In fact, the 1920’s dance craze to Jazz music was ... More


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