Historic Charleston

Dated: July 30 2019

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It is no secret that the LowCountry has a very rich and diverse history, spanning hundreds of years of physical settlement beginning in 1670 through modern times. Charleston was the leading city in the South from the colonial era to the Civil War. With so many historical landmarks it can be tough to decide where to spend your time. If you are visiting the area or a local, here are some historical landmarks around the city that are a must-see!

  • Middleton Place- The Middle Place plantation is set on the southwest bank of the Ashley River from North Charleston was the primary residence of the Middleton family, many of whom played prominent roles in the colonial and antebellum history of South Carolina. The property is also home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States. In 1865, towards the end of the civil war Union Soldiers burned most of the house. The restoration of Middleton Place began in 1916 and has been preserved beautifully to this day. Enjoy the amazing views and soak up all the amazing history with a guided tour!

  • Fort Sumter- A legendary sea fort in the Charleston harbor notable for two battles in the American Civil War. Work on the fort started in 1829, but was incomplete by 1860. Combining high walls and heavy masonry the military structure was built as one of a series of fortifications on the southern U.S coast to protect the harbors. Learn about all of the history and battles of this epic landmark by taking a 30-minute ferry ride from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center or Patriot’s Point. This experience will not disappoint!

  • Gibbes museum of Art- Located at 135 meeting street, in the Charleston Historic District the Gibbes houses over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works, many with a connection to Charleston or the South. The museum opened on April 11, 1905 and recently underwent a $13.5 million renovation in 2016. The renovation included a creative education center, artist studios, lecture and event spaces, expanded gallery rooms. Visitors are now able to view the behind-the-scenes view of the work of curators and conservators through the newly installed observation windows. The museum's collections include the work of numerous artists with connections to Charleston; among them are Henrietta Johnston, Mary Roberts, Charles Fraser, William Melton Halsey, Ned I.R Jennings and Jeremiah Theus. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door!

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Dan Lorentz

About Dan Lorentz, ABR, CRS, Founder & Team Leader of Greater Charleston Properties: Founder and Team Leader of the Greater Charleston Properties Team, Dan Lorentz, has lived in the Charleston, SC ....

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