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The Powder Magazine

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Address: 79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
Phone Number: +1 843-722-9350
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The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of...

The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of the Lords Proprietors, this was the site where powder was stored for the defense of the city during the 17th century to the period of the American Revolution.

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A wonderful part of Charleston History

The Powder Magazine no longer keeps powder here, but has exhibits set up to show what it looked like back in the days that it did. The entrance is to the side through a gift shop... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 26, 2016
Terrie J
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is where the pre-revolutionary war citizens of Charleston stashed the powder. The guide explained that just before the British came to take it revolutionaries moved it to another hiding place.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The Powder Magazine no longer keeps powder here, but has exhibits set up to show what it looked like back in the days that it did. The entrance is to the side through a gift shop with various items for sale. The front is the old powder magazine. There is a man who will tell you the history of the... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

The arsenal was built in 1713 and used until 1748 to store gun powder. It's the oldest surviving building in Charleston. Later it was used as a carriage house, print shop, wine cellar, and blacksmiths shop. The small museum is only one room. I guess it offers as much as a space that size can and at only $5 per... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

Nice little place -- definitely worth the price of admission. College of Charleston students working on restoring the place and doing a great job. Don't be concerned with the construction going on (Sep 2016) just go in and learn a little.

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Port Orange, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Well this is supposed to be one of the oldest government buildings around. Its a small place where they made gun powder and things for the war.

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Maleny, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

This is quite an interesting building consdering it was built beside residences orifinally. It still maintains an important feature covered in most history tours of the city.

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Independence, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

The Powder Magazine has some really interesting history, once being the black powder storage site for the city of Charleston. However, as far as an attraction, it really only amounts to looking around inside of a one-room building. The management has done a good job of filling it with interesting artifacts and information, and at only $5 per person, it's... More 

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memphis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

I downloaded the History app on my phone and this museum was listed. It is an inexpensive small building that is filled with historical information, and the staff are not only kind but quite knowledgeable! It was a wonderful visit, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in history!

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Georgetown Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

This is not a large historical site. A small but interesting place to visit. A lot of information and historic relics. We spent about 30 minutes here. It is not an attraction that takes a lot of time but we stopped to see while walking the historic downtown area.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

The Powder Magazine building was closed when we finally got there. Having read a little bit of the history of the building, we were eager to visit the place and also to check out the museum. But it was not to be. Still it was a thrill to stare at this building which is the oldest public building in the... More 

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