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Charleston's History Through Six Landmarks

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Charleston wouldn’t be the Southern coastal gem that we love today if not for its early and strong preservation movement. While other American cities saw historic districts and buildings demolished in the 20th century, Charleston restored theirs instead. While it is easy to navigate greater Charleston wherever you choose to stay, history buffs will want to pick a hotel in the city’s cobblestoned heart. When you walk out your front door, more than 300 years of history wait to be explored.
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1500 Old Towne Rd, Charleston, SC 29407, USA
When English settlers first arrived in the Lowcountry, they chose a marshy spit of land in present-day West Ashley for their first settlement, naming it Charles Town Landing. While the site is relatively unknown to tourists, it’s often a...
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Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
After beginning again on the Charleston Peninsula, the settlers drew up a city plan—the Grand Modell. At the center of it was a civic square at the intersection of Meeting and Broad streets. Later this would become known as the Four Corners of...
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83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
One of Charleston's most charming features, and there are many, is its beautiful architecture. Nowhere is that more on display than on the famous Rainbow Row, a series of colorfully painted historic homes on East Bay Street. Every square inch of...
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6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Africans played a key role in the wealth developed in Charleston and South Carolina generally, and a number of sites in the city are connected to the history of that culture. The Old Slave Mart, built in 1859 on Chalmers Street is the only slave...
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188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Once the center of commerce inCharleston, the City Market is now the heart of tourism. Although its location near the cruise terminal can make it feel like a kitschy open-air market in the Caribbean, the tackiness is part of its charm. Yes, you’ll...
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340 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Taking a trip to Fort Sumter gives visitors a chance to explore a little Civil War history (the first shot of that long bloody war was fired here in 1861) through an orientation in town at the education center, followed by a ferry ride out to the...