Historic Charleston South Carolina
Charleston sets romantically where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers merge
and flow into Charleston Harbor where the first shots of the Civil War
were fired at Fort Sumter. Charleston is the most historically preserved
city in America. The original settlement was established in 1670 across
the Ashley River from Charleston’s present day location. Over a
hundred historic buildings some of which are over 300 years old still
stand and are in use today as tour landmarks, museums and bed and breakfast
inns. Some are still occupied as residences by relatives of Charleston’s
Charleston has its modern-side, but the magnet attraction of Charleston
is its rich history and specimen historic architecture. And of course…its
lush greenery, brilliant gardens of color, ocean views and oceanfront
and river recreation.
We’ve provided these links to major historic spots and museums
for vacationer’s convenience. Historic Charleston is made for walking
tours at your own leisurely pace or with guided narrative tours by local
tour companies. Carriage
tours are particularly fun and relaxing.
Make your Charleston SC hotel and bed
and breakfast reservations early,
particularly during peak vacation season.
Charleston's Huguenot House (1803)
One of Charleston's most graceful historic structures reflecting the wealthy lifestyle of the rice planting family and slaves that lived there.
The Powder Magazine (1713)
The oldest public building in the Carolinas and the only surviving military structure associated with the capture of Charleston by the British.
Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
This historic plantation stands on 630 acres and is one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in America.
Drayton Hall (1742)
Completed in 1742, this historic plantation house stands majestically
on a 630-acre site and is one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian
architecture in America.
An 18th century plantation that survived the American Revolution and Civil War. It was home to Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress.
The American Civil War was ignited on April 12, 1861 when political events erupted in Civil War.
Charleston Black Heritage
The official Visitor's Guide for African-American visitors to Charleston. An overview of Black History, Heritage Tours and Black owned business.
Charles Towne Landing
Walk the spot where English Colonists established the first settlement in the Carolinas in 1670.
Our visitors often use misspellings and abbreviations for Charleston,
South Carolina including Charlston, Carlina, SC, So Carolina, So Car. Users
also use Low Country or Lowcountry to describe Charleston.
Those words are included for user convenience.