Historic Sites in Charleston

Historic Sites in Charleston, SC

Charleston Historic Sites

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  • DOC PKC
    New York City, NY24 contributions
    I would like to first comment on the grounds, which are spectacular. The grounds contain beautiful gardens that are designed with the architectural principles of Versailles. There are oaks that are more than 35 feet in diameter on the grounds and traditional breed livestock roaming the ground. Artisans plying crafts of old are also featured to give a Colonial Williamsburg type of feel, but on a much smaller scale.

    The most memorable portion of the visit was actually a 35 minute talk given by one of Middleton Plantation’s volunteer, Jerry Bannon. His talk attempted to, and succeeded, in trying to reconcile the beauty of the grounds with institutionalized terrorism and inhumanity of slavery that led to its creation. His talk was stirring, in depth, led to a lot of new thought about how we perceive slavery and it’s implications today.

    There were two points out of the many points that he made the audience ponder that were particularly memorable. One was how many people were complicit with the institution of slavery than the white male plantation owners. Bankers in NY that financed the slave trade, ship builder in New England that built the ships, textile manufacturers in England and the African slavers are among many that share responsibility. He also gave the group his thoughts of the differences between racism and bigotry and how it likely affects all of us today. If I were a teacher, I would bring my class.
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • Scuba-Obsession
    Melbourne, FL569 contributions
    We took the boat from Patriots Point to Ft Sumter. About a 30 minute cruise. The Ranger at Ft Sumter provided an excellent briefing on the history of Ft Sumter and the Civil War. Excellent information.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • ms90
    maryland217 contributions
    Our group of 6 enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide was engaging and quite knowledgeable about the history of the plantation and the times. As we were touring the home, we were fortunate to meet Toby and Mary (who was working on her Beloved: Legacy of Slavery collection). I cannot say enough about Toby who took the time to speak with us, in-depth, about the African-American experience as it relates to the plantation and listened to our concerns about the poor condition of the cemetery. Mary even went to great lengths to provide one group member with an email copy of a painting of one of Charleston's sons. It was a very moving experience and one we will surely remember.
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • MEHEL3
    Fayetteville, NC654 contributions
    Our visit was 11 August 2022. We had been on a Carriage ride early during the week and this house was brought to our attention. We took the tour of this house and it was very informative. The staff are very professional, pleasant, and knowledgeable. The stairwell which it is known for was beautiful. The whole house is lovely and puts you into the mind set of that period. We enjoyed chatting with staff and learning some interesting information. I would bring friends & family to this location again.
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • QueenOfTh3Road
    Charleston, WV60 contributions
    We took all ad on tours. I recommend that. Makes for a busy day. If you have trouble walking might wanna spread your visit into 2 days..
    Written September 18, 2022
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  • Patricia S
    United States123 contributions
    This was our second visit to this house. It is a beautiful old structure. My headset did not work the first part of the tour, so I missed all the information about the slave quarters and gardens, carriage house, stable, etc. The guide did give me another headset, so I enjoyed the rest of the tour. Enjoyable.
    Written September 19, 2022
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  • Bonnie N
    Davie, FL169 contributions
    Wonderful history and worth the see. The tour folks are excellent but need to move along the story faster given the heat.
    Written August 16, 2022
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  • Barbara D
    3 contributions
    This was a great adventure - so many things to see and learn from different animals, to how early settlers lived, ate, worked etc, to getting on a replica boat near the marsh, walking into a replica home with real food that would have been eating...Beautiful place!!
    Written September 14, 2022
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  • rdiedrich
    Beachwood, OH17 contributions
    Great way to get out of the heat and learn the history of Charleston. Really an excellent way to start your trip or end it. We did it at the end and it filled in a lot of information that you read as your walking around or while your on a tour.
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • MEHEL3
    Fayetteville, NC654 contributions
    Our visit was 11 August 2022. We had been on a Carriage ride early during the week and this church was brought to our attention. We understand the history but we heard some famous celebrities had visited it and we were curious for many reasons. Also, we had toured one of the houses down the street. The church was unique to me as to how the pews were set up. I had not been to a church like this before. The church is stunning and the history of the church and representation were interesting. If ever in the area again, I would take friends & family down to visit it. It’s located in a nice, peaceful and safe area.
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • Stephen D
    Cocoa, FL2 contributions
    This house is a National Historic Landmark because it's associated with two very important people, the son of the original builder, Thomas Heyward Jr., a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, and a prominent guest in 1791, President George Washington. Upstairs, in the Drawing Room, parties were held for President Washington, where he danced with numerous ladies of the Charleston aristocracy. When the party was over the men would repair to the Withdrawing Room where they would discuss business, politics, and the burning issues of the day. If you visit that room, you'll find a painting of a previous owner of the house by a young Samuel F B. Morse, the future inventor of the Morse Code. Also, the green bedroom contiguous to the Drawing Room is where Washington slept during his stay in Charleston.
    Written September 21, 2022
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  • dgbg100106
    Odenton, MD1,729 contributions
    This mansion was once the home of John C Calhoun. The Williams Mansion is packed full of art and artifacts. It is worth your time if you are visiting or live in the area. The 30 minute tour cost $17 but you learn and see so much, worth it!

    Plus you are helping preserve history!
    Written March 19, 2022
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  • Andy-S60
    London, UK1,962 contributions
    So I can only review this from the outside, as we’ve been ‘toured-out’ on this holiday and couldn’t take any more. But from what we’ve read about it, and from our self-guided tour of the gardens, it rocked our boat a little. If I remember correctly, it was owned and operated by the Charleston Museum. Built in 1803, it was designed by Gabriel Manigault to be the home of his brother, and is nationally significant as a well-executed and preserved example of Adam style architecture. I thank you, and a well known w-site.
    Written June 24, 2022
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  • ColdSun
    4 contributions
    Tiny but fun museum to stop by if you are in the area. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable, exhibitions were focus on the topic with details, good to touch on the cannon tools. Only need about half an hour.
    Written December 27, 2021
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  • David S
    64 contributions
    Old fire station that will be closed in near future for substantial renovations. There are two motorized engines from 1920s in pretty good conditon. Firefighters entirely willing to give tours.
    Written April 13, 2022
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