The Top 5 Things To Do In Charleston SC For History Lovers

One of the most well-preserved cities in the South, Charleston is famed for its beautiful buildings, cobblestone streets and often dark historical past. It’s a must-visit place for history buffs, and you’ll find the top locations described below. 

Fort Sumter National Monument

The site of the first shots fired in the American Civil War, Fort Sumter is a historical monument you will not want to miss. You’ll need to access the man-made island situated in the middle of Charleston Harbour by ferry, and the ride takes about 30 mins. However, the Fort itself is well worth the wait, as you’ll get to explore every nook and cranny of this now-ruined sea fortification complete with gun emplacements. 

Rainbow Row

Dating back to Georgian times, the historical 18th buildings you will find along Rainbow Road Charleston SC differ from others in the city in one important way – that they are all brightly colored. 

Indeed, these vibrantly hued homes are iconic in Charleston and the chances are if you’ve seen a picture of the city these mansions that include James Cook House, William Stone House, and James Gordon House, located on East Bay Street will have featured in the background. However, you should not be satisfied with seeing them only in photos, and make the time to go visit them in person and take in the unique environment of Rainbow Row. 

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Aiken-Rhett House Museum

While we are on the subject of houses, another that should be on your list when visiting Charleston is the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. A word of warning here though, as 

Just like many of the grand houses in the South, the Aiken-Rhett House housed enslaved people. Indeed, the contrast between the slave quarters and the opulence of the main house has been preserved to allow visitors to gain an understanding of the injustice and inequality of this practice. 

Charleston Ghost Tours 

Also historical, but more and ideal for anyone who loves things of a spookier nature, attendance on one of the many Charleston ghost tours can be fascinating. Expect informative walking tours taken by experienced and entertaining guides who will guide you through the dark past of Charleston including stories of war, enslavement, pirates, and even murder and evil spirits. Attend if you dare! 

Charleston City Market

Spanning four city blocks as listed on the  National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark the Charleston City Market is a must-see for anyone interested in 18th-century architecture. 

Open throughout the year between 9.30 am – 5 pm and at night between 6.30 pm to 10 pm for the Night market from March to December the Charleston City Market is not only bursting with history but contemporary culture too. 

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In the day you’ll find a wide range of goods on offer in this historic building completed in 1807, from homemade biscuits dripping with butter to infused cigars and traditional seagrass baskets. At night the market is a hub for food, music as well as arts and gifts and makes the ideal spot to pick up some souvenirs to give to friends and family on your arrival home.

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