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PAINTING CHARLESTON, SC

As the oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston is known for its rich history, well-preserved and colorful architecture, vast restaurant community, and friendly people. Charleston’s unique culture, which blends traditional Southern U.S., English, French, and West African elements, is evidenced in the unique accent of it’s citizens. Known as the Holy City because of it’s early toleration of all Protestant religions, Charleston’s horizon is full of church steeples, as are seen in this painting. Depicted with a glowing sunset over the Ashley River, Southern warmth and charm come alive in this colorful piece of art.

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Schooner Pride


www.charlestonharbortours.com
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Pirate Tour


charlestonpiratetour.com
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Wild Dunes Resort


www.wilddunes.com
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Husk Restaurant


www.huskrestaurant.com
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H.L. Hunley


www.hunley.org
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Martha Lou's


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Angel Oak Park

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Angel Oak Park features the Angel Oak. Although it does resemble the outstretched arms of an angel with rays of light emanating from it, the tree was named after early owners. Estimated to be as old as 1500 years, this old growth tree is impressive and makes one ponder how many of these wonders were harvested.

www.angeloaktree.org
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Magnolia Plantation

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Magnolia Plantation was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family and has survived centuries witnessing the history of our nation unfold before it, from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America with thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.

www.magnoliaplantation.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Charleston City Market

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Charleston City Market was established in the 1790’s. Originally known as the Centre Market where foods were exchanged today it features all varieties of items, many of which are made in the low country such as the heirloom, hand-made sweet grass baskets.

www.thecharlestoncitymarket.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Visit Folly Beach

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There are incredible beaches all around Charleston but with access to the pier and the scenic Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach is a beach lover’s dream. There are many festivals and celebrations on the beach and vacation rentals aplenty. This is an incredible place.

www.follybeach.com
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Historic Church Tours

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Take a tour of the historic churches. After all, Charleston was given the nickname of the Holy City for a reason. You can download information and do a self-guided tour and be impressed by the impressive stained glasses and architecture or get at guide and add the history of some of these impressive buildings to your experience.

www.allaboutcharlestontours.com
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Fort Sumter

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Fort Sumter is a masonry sea fort located in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. The fort is best known as the site upon which the shots that started the American Civil War were fired.

www.nps.gov
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See the CSS HUNLEY

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See the CSS HUNLEY submarine and become part of the mystery. After its successful mission to sink the USS Housatonic this confederate ship disappeared with all hands. Discovered in the 1970’s and meticulously preserved this museum makes you a part of history.

www.hunley.org
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

King Street

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Walk, shop, and dine on King Street and get a feel of Charleston. This popular area is a must for any visit to the city. Spend an afternoon and evening here.

charlestonsfinest.com
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Middleton Place

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See Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America. “The Gardens are planned so that something is in bloom year round. The historic homes, restaurants, and period guides bring the area to life.

www.middletonplace.org
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

The Battery

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Stroll the Battery and White Point Gardens area and see the some of the best uniquely Charleston architecture and garden. It is always a highlight of any tour to the city and gives and honest feel of the spirit of Charleston.

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FUN TRIVIA

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Middleton Place


www.middletonplace.org
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Historic Market


www.thecharlestoncitymarket.com
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Haunted Jail Tour


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HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

Charleston, SC



Truly fine things require an element of aging the process of becoming instills a flavor that can be gained in no other way. It is not always the aging but where. This is the case with wines, cheese, and even fine wood. Through a history of conflicts between nature and humanity Charleston has gained its own flavor, an air of quiet dignity and genteel sophistication that can only be earned over time and aging in the right climate. Charlestown South Carolina was founded in 1670 by the Lords Proprietor at the behest of King Charles II of England and located at the confluence of the Cooper and Ashley Rivers and soon became clear that it would become a GPT. You are looking at me like you don’t know what a GPT is. That is a Great Port Town. It grew rapidly despite frequent assaults by the French and Spanish who disputed the land claim and pirates who were always in the mood for a booty raids and a jaunty row. The original settlers were from England and English settlements in Bermuda and the Barbados but as its reputation grew the “Low Land” attracted Irish, Scottish, German, and French settlers who found the city open to all religious worship. Charlestown became the largest and wealthiest city south of Philadelphia remaining in the top 10 U.S. cities until the 1840 census. Lest you think awry, these genteel southern folk have more than a little rebel edge to them. England found this out as the relationship between the colonies and them began to breakdown. Charlestown became a hotbed of rebellion with two signers of the Declaration of Independence (Edward Rutledge and Arthur Middleton) being from the city. During the war several key battles were fought for Charlestown and British troops were eventually driven out in 1782. In 1783 to put the proverbial, “thumb in the eye” of England they changed the name of the city from Charlestown to Charleston. The city continued to grow and prosper in the antebellum period after the Revolution.

Truly fine things require an element of aging the process of becoming instills a flavor that can be gained in no other way. It is not always the aging but where. This is the case with wines, cheese, and even fine wood. Through a history of conflicts between nature and humanity Charleston has gained its own flavor, an air of quiet dignity and genteel sophistication that can only be earned over time and aging in the right climate. Charlestown South Carolina was founded in 1670 by the Lords Proprietor at the behest of King Charles II of England and located at the confluence of the Cooper and Ashley Rivers and soon became clear that it would become a GPT. You are looking at me like you don’t know what a GPT is. That is a Great Port Town. It grew rapidly despite frequent assaults by the French and Spanish who disputed the land claim and pirates who were always in the mood for a booty raids and a jaunty row. The original settlers were from England and English settlements in Bermuda and the Barbados but as its reputation grew the “Low Land” attracted Irish, Scottish, German, and French settlers who found the city open to all religious worship. Charlestown became the largest and wealthiest city south of Philadelphia remaining in the top 10 U.S. cities until the 1840 census. Lest you think awry, these genteel southern folk have more than a little rebel edge to them. England found this out as the relationship between the colonies and them began to breakdown. Charlestown became a hotbed of rebellion with two signers of the Declaration of Independence (Edward Rutledge and Arthur Middleton) being from the city. During the war several key battles were fought for Charlestown and British troops were eventually driven out in 1782. In 1783 to put the proverbial, “thumb in the eye” of England they changed the name of the city from Charlestown to Charleston. The city continued to grow and prosper in the antebellum period after the Revolution.

This rebel edge was shown again during the Civil War. In fact the sibling rivalry line of, “they started it” has been hurled more than once in their direction. South Carolina was the first state to secede to form the Confederate States of America and they did fire the first shots on Fort Sumter. Being the home of the Citadel Military Academy and a strategic port Charleston was sacked repeatedly and never rose back to its pre-war status. Then in 1886 a 7.3 magnitude quake ravaged the city but the people of the city are strong and tenacious and held on. The city struggled through much of the 20th century but held on to its personality and values.
In the 1970 things began to turn around with renewed investment in the city. Municipal improvements were started and then Hurricane Hugo came ashore in 1989 causing more than $2.8 billion in damage. Charleston pushed through to become the destination city it had always been in its heart. The local restaurant scene, with world renowned establishments like Husk, is second to none especially in regards to the “farm to table movement.” Musical acts have bloomed from the city since the Charleston dance craze of the 1920’s to current Grammy winners like Darius Rucker. Areas like the Battery, Waterfront Park and hundreds of historic churches and homes are a visual feast, from the 1690’s pink house to 2005s Ravenel Bridge – the longest cable-stay bridge in the western hemisphere. Charleston’s people are as warm and welcoming as the arms of the Angel Oak and they will continue to cultivate the bloom, which is Charleston, as it continues to age gracefully becoming even more beautiful and unique.