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Experiencing Charleston's History

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Go back through time and marvel at a still-intact dungeon from the American Revolution, tour antebellum mansions, and take a ferry to Fort Sumter. Then lighten things up with a trip to the historic morning market, or see a live show at Dock Street Theatre—Charleston's oldest, most storied theater in the French Quarter.
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
The Charleston Museum—America's very first museum, founded in 1773—is a cornerstone of the city's Museum Mile, a section of Meeting Street that boasts six museums, five historic homes, four parks, as well as important churches and...
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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...
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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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122 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Among the most important buildings used during the American Revolution is the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. Today, the upper floors house period antiques and clothing, while the dank dungeon offers a window into the conditions American...
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188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Once the center of commerce in Charleston, 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,...
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51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This beautiful Neoclassical house, built in 1809, is maybe the best historic home open for tours in a city dripping with history. The interior (note the gorgeous elliptical staircase) and lush gardens are open to visitors, including for occasional...
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135 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The distinctive Dock Street Theatre, located in the French Quarter, has had many lives: the building served as a hotel for decades and was restructured to become a theater as a Depression-era WPA project. Renovations in 2010 have brought the...