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Some History of Charleston, SC

Thousands of books, blogs, magazines, websites, and other publications are committed to giving readers the history of Charleston, SC. That fact is quickly recognized with a basic search on Amazon, displaying over a 1,000 hits on that site alone. With that, there is obviously no way to give an exhaustive account on the history of Charleston, SC, but here are some of our favorite historical facts on The Holy City. Charleston was founded in honor of King Charles II in 1670 as “Charles Towne” and eventually earned its current name in 1786. Charleston was heavily involved in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. The American Revolution spawned key … Continue reading

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We Recommend You Tour These Charleston Plantations During Your Stay

When you stay at the Governor’s House bed and breakfast, you’ll be in the middle of one of the most historic areas in the country.  There is so much to see and do that will remind you of Charleston’s roots. At the heart much of Charleston’s unique and storied history are the plantations surrounding it.  Today, these homes and gardens serve as a reminder of our past and act as a window into a different time. Along with dozens of other Unforgettable Things to Do in Charleston, a visit to one of the lovely Charleston Plantations is a wonderful way to spend the day. Hopefully our guide to Charleston Plantations … Continue reading

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What is the Charleston Digital Corridor?

Imagine a business, physical and social environment where your technology company can thrive. That’s what you’ll find in the Charleston Digital Corridor. The CDC is a creative effort to attract, nurture and promote Charleston’s knowledge economy. The goal is to offer tangible resources to the business economy by serving as a portal to government, infrastructures, real estate, education, venture capital, professional resources and a trained workforce. This is all accomplished through a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driving programming. Made up of geographic areas or “districts,” the Charleston Digital Corridor offers a diverse range of options to meet the size, personality, price and infrastructure … Continue reading

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The Middleton Suite – Charleston Luxury Accomodations at Their Finest

The spacious Grand Room at the Governor’s House Inn is named for Henrietta Middleton. Its decor and atmosphere are as rich in elegance as its name is in history, making the Middleton Suite exemplify Charleston luxury accommodations at their finest. It all began with Edward Middleton. He emigrated from England to Barbados before making his way to South Carolina in 1678. Middleton settled a plantation he named The Oaks, after receiving large grants of land on Goose Creek. There, he served as Lords Proprietors Deputy and Assistant Justice. When Edward Middleton died in 1685, his estate was passed on to his son, Arthur. Arthur Middleton had three sons. His middle … Continue reading

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The Charleston City Market: A Brief History

In the 1700s in Charleston, there was no refrigeration, and so it was necessary to go to the market for food each day. In the 1790s, at the corner of Broad and Meeting Street, the first public market was established in Charleston. At first, beef was sold at Meeting and Broad Streets, fish at the East end of Queen Street, which is now Vendue Range, farm produce from the barrier island planters at the East end of Tradd Street, now South Adger’s Wharf, and butter was sold on the peninsula. After the American Revolution, city planners decided for many reasons to consolidate these markets into one Center Market at Broad … Continue reading

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The Battery in Charleston

History comes alive during a walk through Charleston. Stroll along the promenade of the Battery and imagine the battles, the hurricanes, the fires and the resilience of the Charlestonians who came before. Imagine tall-masted sailing ships, the sound of horses and carriages, the rustling of palmetto fronds. Smell the salty sea air, and at low tide the unique fragrance of lowcountry pluff mud. Look across the harbor at James Island, Mount Pleasant and Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. This idyllic spot in Charleston is a great place to relax and reflect, but its history wasn’t always so carefree. Built on marshland, the point of peninsular Charleston where the … Continue reading

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Historic Charleston Bed and Breakfast

One of the great things about Charleston is the rich history.  It’s truly a place steeped in history, and you can live here for years and still discover something new about it.  If you are looking to take a vacation to Charleston, South Carolina and want to stay at a National Historic Landmark, then you should consider the Governor’s House Inn.  It is truly a historic Charleston bed and breakfast.  Here is a little history about the inn: James Laurens built the house in 1760 on the site of the former Charleston Orange Garden. At the time, the Garden was actually a park where concerts were held. It is believed … Continue reading

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Check out Fort Sumter!

When you come to Charleston, you should definitely consider visiting Fort Sumter to witness where the civil war began.  It is a great opportunity to take in some US history! Apparently, you won’t be alone if you choose to check out the Fort this year.  In fact, visitation hit record levels last year with a total of 328,000 people taking the boat tour to Fort Sumter.  This was partly due to the 150th anniversary of the civil war, but the trend continues this year, as the visitation is up 11% through March (ABC). Here is some more information and history about Fort Sumter from the National Park Service if you … Continue reading

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Battery Park, Charleston SC

Are you planning a trip to Charleston in the not too distant future?  Have you already made your plans, booked your reservations, and built your itinerary?  We know that planning your vacation can be a little overwhelming at times, and we’re here to help make your trip to Charleston one to remember!  Don’t sweat it if you have already made your plans for your next visit, but be sure to walk around Battery Park, you won’t regret it! If you are planning to visit Charleston sometime soon, it is always worthwhile to take a stroll through one of Charleston’s best promenades, Battery Park or White Point Gardens.  It is a … Continue reading

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The Sweetgrass Basket, A Charleston Tradition

When you visit Charleston, you will quickly notice the many grass baskets for sale in the market of downtown and along the highways.  These are sweetgrass baskets, and they have been a part of the Charleston and low country community for many years.  They are symbolic of the culture and history that has shaped the region. The basket making tradition was brought to the area by slaves from West Africa as an art form that was passed down from generation to generation.  You can find many vendors in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC carrying on the tradition of sweetgrass basket making. During the days of slavery, baskets were in high … Continue reading

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The Charleston Tea Plantation

If you are considering planning a vacation to Charleston in the near future, you should remember to check out the Charleston Tea Plantation.  Before you visit this historical Charleston site, here’s what you should know: The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina.  The history of the Island dates back to mid-June of 1666 when it is believed that Captain Robert Sanford and the crew of the Berkeley Bay landed on the shores of what is now known as Rockville, South Carolina.  On June 23, 1666, he and his crew claimed the land for England and the Lords Proprietors.  … Continue reading

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