Edmondston-Alston House in Charleston, SC

Those who know the history of Charleston know that it has no shortage of historic homes and sites worth checking out on a visit. But there’s something singular about the Edmondston-Alston House in Charleston, SC that warrants a closer look. Why? Well it’s certainly visually striking, but its connection to Charleston’s intriguing history is what really makes it a must-see attraction. History and Civil War buffs can gain a bird’s eye view of the war from the place it all started! Read more

Charleston Duels of Philadelphia Street

The Charleston County Courthouse, located near Washington Square, stands as a testament to how justice was done in historic Charleston, SC. But “justice” in Charleston wasn’t always handled so prettily. For many years in the United States, the duel was considered a last resort for resolving issues between two parties—perhaps nowhere more intensely than in Charleston. One Dr. David Ramsey, a physician at the beginning of the 19th century, blamed the heat for “an irritable temper which made men say and do things thoughtlessly.” Whatever the reason, pistol duels are no doubt a part of Charleston’s rich history—and it’s made for some notorious legends along the way. Read more

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5 of the Best Charleston Landmarks to Visit on a Buggy Ride

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Charleston is a great vacation destination for families, couples, school trips — and earned the number one spot on Travel and Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best Cities” list in 2016.

So when you are there, you will want to see the best the city has to offer. The best way to do so is by taking horse carriage rides around the city as you’ll be able to see so many exciting landmarks along the way. Don’t know where to start? Here are some outdoor destinations that are best traveled to by horse and buggy rides!

The Historic District and Charleston city market
Visiting this area will make it seem like you have stepped into a time machine and are seeing Charleston back at the turn of the century. There are plenty of historic homes and churches to see and don’t forget to stop by the Old Exchange Building or the Old Slave Mart Museum. After these, ride on down to the city market where you will be introduced to local foods and handmade crafts.

Middleton Place Plantation
The “Old South” is riddled with plantations that are fantastic examples of how life used to be before the Civil War. This plantation has a fully furnished plantation house built in 1755, one of America’s oldest landscaped gardens, and a full stableyard.

The Waterfront Park
This 12-acre park will give you sweeping views of the Charleston Harbor. There are plenty of different fountains sprinkled across the park but make sure to check out the Pineapple Fountain, with the pineapple being a traditional symbol of friendship and welcome.

The Battery and White Point Garden
History buffs, this is the place for you. Located right by the Charleston Harbor, this garden has Civil War mortars and cannons along with the stoic Confederate monument. Perfect for access by our buggy tours!

Historic Churches
There are plenty of historic buildings to see in Charleston, with churches being no exception! Some churches to see include St. Michaels Episcopal Church, which is a National Historic Landmark, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the Circular Congregational Church.

So next time you’re in Charleston, make sure to check out these sites on your carriage rides! We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Philadelphia Alley & Other Famous Alleys in Charleston, SC

There’s a reason that cities like Charleston, South Carolina routinely make lists like The Eleven Most Historic Cities in the United States. It’s not because of any one historic site. It’s because cities like ours have deep history coming out of our ears—or in the case of Charleston, running up and down our alleys and walkways. In this article, we’ll take a look at Philadelphia Alley and other must-visit alleys in Charleston. Read more

Joseph Manigault House: An Architectural Wonder in Charleston, SC

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Head over to 350 Meeting Street at the corner of Meeting and John in Charleston, SC, and you’ll see a genuine National Historic Landmark that represents one of the points of pride in one of America’s most historic cities. If you’re planning on visiting Charleston, the Joseph Manigault House is one of the best ways to explore 19th century history. Here are some great things to know about this amazing historical site. Read more

The Powder Magazine: Charleston’s Oldest Public Building

If you’ve stuck around this site, you might know a thing or two about Charleston history. But one question remains: what’s the oldest building Charleston has to offer? Which site’s history goes back even further than all the rest? The answer, as you might have guessed from the title, is The Powder Magazine. No, it’s not a publication: a gunpowder magazine was used to store gunpowder in a relatively safe way, keeping it separate from wooden buildings and other explosive elements in the military. And as it happens, Charleston still has one of its gunpowder magazines from the 18th century standing. Read more

Heyward-Washington House: Charleston’s Link to the Founding Fathers

There are few monuments and historical sites in Charleston, SC with such direct ties to the founding of the country. If you’re a history buff, then there may be no site on your “must-see” list while visiting the Holy City like the Heyward-Washington House. Read more

Charleston White Point Gardens: Where City Meets Harbor

As much as we’d like the opposite to be true, eventually even Charleston, South Carolina runs out of space. But there’s good news: the end of the Charleston peninsula where the Ashley and Cooper River meet the harbor is a beautiful site in and of itself. The Charleston White Point Gardens are a must-see during your visit.

This 6.5 acre park is ideally situated to give visitors and Charleston natives alike one of the finest views of the Charleston harbor and the historic Fort Sumter. And for history enthusiasts, there’s no shortage of fascinating information and American history to be found at this park. Read more

The Second Presbyterian Church – Charleston, SC

One of the things visitors most like about Charleston isn’t that it’s so rich in history—but that its history is in such plain sight. There may be no better example of this than the Second Presbyterian Church, built in 1811 on one of the highest points in the “Holy City.” In fact, one of the reasons that Charleston is known as the Holy City is that so many churches are part of its cityscape. With its unique location and history, the Second Presbyterian Church may be one of the most powerful symbols of this architectural and cultural influence. Read more

Two Meeting Street Inn: South Carolina’s Romantic History

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The history of Charleston, South Carolina includes many important footnotes in major American wars, dating back to America’s founding days and beyond. But there’s another side to Charleston’s history that people often forget, which can be found at Two Meeting Street Inn. This historic bed and breakfast, found at the corners of Meeting Street and South Battery, has been called the “Jewel in the crown of Charleston Bed and Breakfast Hotels.” Here are just a few reasons why. Read more