The Citadel
The Citadel
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Seabrookgal
Beverly, NJ467 contributions
Feb 2020
The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina is a nice place to visit. However, make sure it is on a Friday afternoon when they have their dress parades. Also, I wouldn't put this on the top of my "to do" list if I had never been to Charleston before. But if you're already pretty familiar with the Holy City, this is a nice stop.

The Citadel consists of a beautiful campus, with the parade ground at the center. The Gothic buildings ring the grounds for a stunning site. But you have to go on a Friday afternoon during the school year. On most Fridays at 3:45, a dress parade is held with almost the entire student body, accompanied by a Bag Pipe band, a marching band, and even cannon fire. Make sure to check their website as the parade can be suspended for midterms, finals, Spring break, etc. If you go early, you can walk around the campus and tour their small museum. It will give you some history of this storied and sometimes controversial military school. You can also see the beautiful Summerall Chapel as well as see the library and the school store. The parade lasts about 35 minutes. If you hang around afterward for about 15-20 minutes, you will see the same cadets that you just saw in dress attire run out onto the grounds in gym clothes, where they will go through a series of exercises.

Adjacent to the Citadel is Hampton Park, which is also a beautiful place to walk. This was once the site of a world's fair in Charleston. On this trip, the camellias were already in bloom, and azaleas were just starting to pop open. So even though you're not in downtown Charleston, the Holy City has charms where ever you visit.
Written February 8, 2020
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1GiantsMS
Redwood City, CA1,106 contributions
Jun 2022
The campus was near our hotel and we were able to enjoy a nice walk and experience the beauty of the campus without many people early in the morning. The buildings are all of similar architecture and very impressive. The Mark Clark Memorial is impressive and I loved walking around and examining a Sherman Tank. Other equipment to explore include a USMC transport, a fighter jet, various cannons and a helicopter. The Memorial for the graduates who gave their lives in service is impressive. Would highly recommend.
Written June 4, 2022
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LulaBKentucky
Bowling Green, KY113 contributions
Apr 2021
We took a quick drive through campus while we visited Charleston. I was awestruck by all of the young men and women in uniform walking on campus who will soon become active military. Take a few minutes to see the campus, you won’t be disappointed.
Written April 9, 2021
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Jack Courtney
Severn, MD201 contributions
Jan 2020
The Citadel is no longer the place I remember from my past visits back in the 1960's and 1980's. (As a former student of their biggest football rival, East Carolina University (ECU) I am proud to say ECU has grown in stature, college standings and no longer has to beat up on the cadets of The Citadel in foot ball every year.) It has grown larger, but has kept some of it's great buildings, narrow sidewalks, monuments, the very pretty Summerall Chapel and their parade fields. They have added more buildings, with less character than the older ones and I was not very fascinated with many of the "officers" and "enlisted" personnel standing around skylarking in dirty uniforms or looking like they couldn’t run a hundred yards without stopping for a double bacon cheeseburger and a 32 oz. coke! As a former member of the US Armed Forces (U.S.M.C. and Navy), I can honestly state that the Citadel may be a civilian college with a military program, but it is NOT a “military college" in any manner. My feelings are that they have not improved in their academics, sports or military bearing, but has remained one of those old institutions that survives on their past glories, former students and possibly on large Illumni contributions every year. I am sorry to see such a grand Southern institution become like a poor, abused, ugly, stepchild with no future. The leadership of The Citadel needs to be more selective on it;s growth, it's selection of students, it's military training and bearing, and to sell greasy, unhealthy, fast foods in it's buildings will not improve it's military standards or fitness. Shame on you!
Written February 9, 2020
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Ri N
3 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We Stopped by the Citadel in December while visiting friends in Charleston. In fairness, we had visited the “WestPoint of the South” in Virginia earlier in the year, so we may have set our expectations a bit too high. Needless to say we were unimpressed with what we encountered at the Citadel. In addition to many kid (and adult) students walking around with backpacks in civilian clothes, we saw a number of severely dirty cadet uniforms and unfit cadets “milling about” or chatting outside. We returned for the parade and we saw cadets out of step and looking quite unkept. What’s more, I was fascinated with many officers and enlisted personnel standing around who either had dirty uniforms or looked like they couldn’t run a mile without stopping for a cheeseburger and a coke.
As a former member of the US Armed Forces, I can say the Citadel may be a civilian college with a military program, but it is NOT a “military college.”
Written January 7, 2020
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Our America
Apache Junction, AZ278 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
I have never seen a college like this before. Looks like a fort. Hence the meaning of Citadel. Grounds complete with military equipment, large church, cafe and a replica of a school class ring large enough to stand in the center of it.
Written December 27, 2020
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Stephanie G
3 contributions
Jul 2021
As many people on site seeing adventures, we couldn't fit everything in, so this was a real quickie. The landscape was beautiful. Grounds were immaculate, as if someone was hiding in the trees to pick up a stray leaf or blade of grass. The architecture was awesome.
Written July 25, 2021
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C P M
261 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a State run Military Academy similar to West Point. Students from thos school fired the firdt shots in the American Civil War. Graduates of this school are very tight. It has been the subject of novels. It does not occupy its civil war grounds now but the building structhresmare very similar. Interesting for a quick visit.
Written March 22, 2020
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Rhoni L
Paducah, KY55 contributions
Sep 2022
This tour taught me the Freshman Cadets had to walk with a slight run. The church had a little surprise as well. Freshman cadet was napping in the AC. He is the Smart Freshman Cadet. Fun and informative!
Written September 11, 2022
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mmredsox
Niceville, FL21 contributions
Dec 2020
The campus is always kept in immaculate condition. If you want to see what a military college is like, then visit this campus. There is a nice museum with tons of historical artifacts. The chapel is amazing and is home to a nice organ. Its nice to just sit by the parade ground and watch the world go by. If in town, catching a Friday parade is a great experience you don't get in many places in today's world.
Written December 30, 2020
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