A Visit to Charleston, SC

A Visit to Charleston, SC
Posted on 10/09/2018

A Trip to Charleston, SC

Old Exchange Building​​

Last fall I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Charleston, South Carolina.  As a colonial port city, like Boston, I enjoyed exploring it on foot to take in the historic buildings and streets.  Here are a few highlights from my trip...

The Old Exchange building was originally situated on the waterfront where merchants would meet to conduct business.  In the meeting room upstairs delegates from the state met to vote on independence from Great Britain in 1776, and later to ratify the Constitution of the United States.  The first two floors consist of a museum covering much of this history, and in the dungeon below street level a short guided tour provides a brief overview of the city's early history. 

The Charleston Museum covered similar content, but it is also worth a visit.  At the Visitor Center you can purchase a multi-day pass to visit the museum and a number of other sites in the area.  There are a number of incredibly well-preserved colonial and federal era homes that were incredible to see.  Some are still undergoing restoration and offered an inside look at the research and reconstruction process. 

The final site I will mention was also accessible through the multi-day pass and is worth a full day - Middleton Place, a colonial era plantation.  About a 30 minute drive from downtown Charleston, visitors can tour the main house, take a carriage ride, walk the gardens, and learn about plantation life from the perspectives of the owners, enslaved, and other community members.  For the animal lovers, there is also a working stable area with horses, pigs, chicken and a peacock!


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