Historic Sites

History buffs welcome to your biggest playground.

In Charleston, everything from the cobblestones to the iron gates has a story to tell and we pride ourselves on showcasing these historic sites. Take a ferry to Fort Sumter and stand exactly where the Civil War began. Tour one of our expertly preserved plantations and mansions. There is history everywhere so be sure to take time to take it all in.

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Travel back in time to the site where the Civil War began with Fort Sumter Tours. Comfortable, spacious boats boarding daily at Liberty Square downtown & Patriots Point.

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Charleston’s largest private home & house museum, with exquisite gardens and a vast collection of fine and decorative arts. An unequaled, Tiffany decorated, Gilded Age gem.

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City’s most intact antebellum urban complex (c. 1820). Historic interiors, surviving virtually unaltered since 1858, have been conserved & stabilized. Many original objects.

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America’s oldest unrestored plantation house still open to the public. Admission includes house tour, Connections program, African-American cemetery, nature walks, and more.

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Open M-Su. Built in 1841 to sell produce and meats, it features small shops, restaurants and flea market with everything from produce to antiques.

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Go beyond the tourist sites. Visit rarely seen places where stories of our nation's founding and the antebellum South unfold in true raconteur style, told with wit and skill.

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The National Park Service explains and preserves the evolution of seacoast defense from one of the first decisive victories in the American Revolution through World War II.

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Located off of Folly Beach and an ecologically and historically sensitive barrier island. Recognized as a top 100 cultural site in SC by the Heritage Trust Program Board.

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Built in 1771, American Patriots were held prisoner here during the War of Americas' Independence. One of the 3 most historically significant buildings of colonial America.

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Founded in 1855, the state’s oldest and largest historical society invites researchers to explore its vast research library and nationally renowned archival collections.

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Founded in 1770, the first municipal college in America was built in 1724. Present main building designed by eminent Philadelphia architect William Strickland, built 1828.

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“America’s First Theatre,” home to Spoleto Festival USA and Moja Arts Festival. Charleston Stage the theatre company in residence presents a full season of plays each year.

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Oldest public building in the Carolinas. Replaced by a newer magazine in 1748, it served effectively until the American Revolution. Now open as a National Historic Landmark.

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