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  • 1 Historic District Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Occupying the lower tip of the peninsula formed by the Ashley and Cooper rivers-named for Anthony Ashley Cooper, one of the English Lords Proprietor-Charleston's historic district encompasses the area specified in the original 17C city plan, called t..

  • 2 Middleton Place Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4300 Ashley River Rd USA - Charleston, SC 29414

    Sweeping down to the Ashley River, 110 acres of terraced lawns and formal 18C English gardens burst into their fullest glory in early spring. Laid out in 1741 by Henry Middleton—who was elected president of the First Continental Congress in 1774—the ..

  • 3 Nathaniel Russell House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    51 Meeting St. USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Flanked by a formal English garden, Nathaniel Russell's Federal-style residence was completed in 1808. Inside, the reception room opens onto a hall containing a "flying" staircase-a freestanding spiral that circles up to the third floor. Re..

  • 4 Aiken-Rhett House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    48 Elizabeth St. USA - Charleston, SC

    Unlike other Charleston historic homes that have been restored to their former glamour, the Aiken-Rhett House has been preserved as it appeared c.1860. Built as a Federal-style brick single house in 1817, the home was purchased by the Aiken family wh..

  • 5 Edmondston-Alston House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    21 East Battery USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Scotsman and cotton trader Charles Edmondston built this home in 1825. When the cotton market turned sour 13 years later, Edmondston sold the house to monied Charleston rice planter Charles Alston, who added the third-floor piazza and other Greek Rev..

  • 6 Heyward-Washington House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    87 Church St. USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Lawyer and patriot Thomas Heyward was the original owner of this red-brick double house. The site on which the home stands is within the boundaries of the old walled city. Inside, the rooms are decorated with a remarkable collection of 18C Charleston..

  • 7 Drayton Hall Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3380 Ashley River Rd USA - Charleston, SC 29414

    The only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive the Revolutionary and Civil Wars intact, Drayton Hall was occupied by seven generations of the Drayton family, wealthy English planters who came to the Lowcountry from Barbados in the late 17C...

  • 8 The Battery Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    The high seawall that lines the Cooper River side of Charleston Harbor replaced the masonry wall built in 1700 to fortify the city. Strengthened over the years to ward off hurricanes, this wall became known as the High Battery for the gun emplacement..

  • 9 Old City Market Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Market St USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Consisting of a three-block row of vendors' sheds, the market is fronted by 1840 Greek Revival Market Hall (Market St. at Meeting St.), designed by Edward Brickell White to resemble the Temple of Fortuna Virilis in Rome. Today the long sheds offer a ..

  • 10 Ashley River Road Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Charleston, SC 29414

    In colonial times, the river served as the main route to the stately plantations that faced the Ashley River. By land, an arduous back road traced part of an ancient Cherokee Indian trail. Today, tree-lined Highway 61 (Ashley River Road) provides eas..

  • 11 White Point Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Murray Blvd USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Named for the gleaming white oyster beds that the first settlers found on this site in 1670, White Point occupies the southern tip of Charleston's peninsula.

  • 12 Old Exchange Building Interesting

    Museums and art

    122 E. Bay St USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Built by the British in 1771 as an Exchange and Customs House, this Palladian-style building was where South Carolina Patriots ratified the US Constitution in 1788. Some of the very men who signed the document had been imprisoned downstairs in the gl..

  • 13 South Carolina Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    100 Aquarium Wharf USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Overlooking the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor, the aquarium houses 10,000 creatures representing some 500 species. The facility, which opened in May 2000, focuses on the aquatic environments found in South Carolina, from Blue Ridge Mountain stre..

  • 14 Charleston Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    360 Meeting St. USA - Charleston, SC

    Across the street from the visitor center, America's first museum was founded in 1773. Now housed in a contemporary structure, the collections cover Charleston and the Lowcountry's social and natural history from pre-settlement days to the present. A..

  • 15 Calhoun Mansion Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    16 Meeting St USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    With 24,000sq ft of living space, Calhoun Mansion ranks as Charleston's largest single residence. Built in 1876 for wealthy banker George Williams, the home passed to Williams' daughter Sally and her husband, Patrick Calhoun (grandson of statesman Jo..

  • 16 Joseph Manigault House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    350 Meeting St USA - Charleston, SC

    Designed by gentleman-architect Gabriel Manigault for his brother Joseph, this stately brick manse (1803) captures the lifestyle of prosperous early-19C Huguenot planters. Typical of the Adam style of architecture, the house incorporates a variety of..

  • 17 Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3550 Ashley River Rd USA - Charleston, SC 29414

    This popular tourist attraction comprises a 500-acre informal garden known for its spring-blooming azaleas, and a plantation house that once formed part of the 17C estate owned by Englishman Thomas Drayton. More recent additions to the site include n..

  • 18 The Citadel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    171 Moultrie St USA - Charleston, SC 29409

    Rising northwest of the historic district along the Ashley River are the white Moorish-style notched walls of the Citadel Military College of South Carolina. The Citadel enrolled its first cadets in 1842.

  • 19 Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture

    Museums and art

    125 Bull St 125 USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    The mission of this excellent small facility is to preserve the history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Temporary exhibits highlight noteworthy persons in Charleston's black history, the slave trade, ..

  • 20 Waterfront Park

    Nature and gardens

    1 Vendue Range USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Set along Charleston Harbor, in the heart of the historic district, this eight-acre linear park occupies the space once filled by the warehouses and wharves of the old port. It's often identified by the fanciful pineapple fountain at its center.

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