About Katie C
Lives in Edwards, Colorado
Since Aug 2011
Though I'm currently living in Colorado, my true home is the South. I lived in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which instilled a love of southern beach towns like Myrtle Beach, Orlando and Charleston. I live near Panama City Beach for part of the year and have spent many memorable nights in locations like Key West and New Orleans. Diver, hiker, climber, craft beer aficionado, snowboarder, fisherman...I'm up for anything at least once.
Natural History Museums, Historic Sites, History Museums
Military Museums, Specialty Museums
The Old Slave Mart Museum is likely the only remaining slave auction site in South Carolina. While the subject matter is hard, it's an important part of history, and the museum tells of the state's role in the slave trade.
Founded in 1773, the Charleston Museum is known as 'America's First Museum.' Guests can explore Charleston's long history through quilts and pottery, cultivation tools and implements, and uniforms and armaments.
The best art museum in Charleston, the Gibbes Museum of Art has a massive collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. In addition to portraits and miniatures of Charleston's well-heeled ancestors, the museum also displays contemporary works by local artists.
It's worth the short drive to north Charleston to check out the American LaFrance Fire Museum, which holds the nation’s largest collection of American LaFrance firefighting trucks. The horse-drawn wagons and shiny engines are all beautifully restored, and interactive exhibits will entertain the younger members of your group.
A wonderful example of antebellum life, the Aiken-Rhett house was built in the 1800s. The house is unique in that it has been conserved and stabilized, but not really restored. The architecture, original wallpaper, antique furnishings, and stunning bronze chandeliers have been virtually untouched since the 19th century.
Famous for its spiral staircase, well-kept gardens, and elegant furnishings, the Nathaniel Russell House is one of the best examples of southern luxury from the turn of the 19th century. Take a tour — and feel free to pretend that you're back in the days of antebellum glory.
If the kids have grown weary of garden tours and civil war relics, it's time for a visit to the Children's Museum. With eight interactive exhibits that run the gamut from castles and pirate ships to an art room and fire truck, this is the perfect place for your little ones to learn and play.
Patriots Point is a complex of living museums, featuring aircraft carrier USS YORKTOWN, destroyer USS LAFFEY, and submarine USS CLAMAGORE — all of which are open for tours. Exploring these giant vessels provides a glimpse into the lives of the military.
Open since 1896, Charleston's post office is the oldest continuously operating post office in the Carolinas. It's worth visiting for the historic building itself, but the small Postal Museum inside also displays some fascinating gems, from old stamps to newspaper clippings.