Charleston's Museum Mile on Meeting StreetFor Immediate Release, February 2008
Charleston's Museum Mile initiative will kick off March 1, 2008. The Mile offers visitors the most comprehensive array of historical and cultural attractions in downtown Charleston. It is situated along Meeting Street and runs from the Charleston Visitor Center to the Nathaniel Russell House. Charleston's Museum Mile initiative will help locals and visitors understand how easy it is to navigate this cultural corridor.
Along the Mile visitors can discover six museums, five nationally important historic houses, four scenic parks, a Revolutionary War powder magazine, ten historic houses of worship and five historic public buildings including the Market and City Hall.
Founding organizations with visitable sites include the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, The Charleston Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art, Historic Charleston Foundation, South Carolina Historical Society, Colonial Dames (The Powder Magazine) and the Washington Light Infantry. Representatives from all have shared their input and contributed greatly to the planning for this exciting joint endeavor. Also included as featured sites are the Confederate Museum, the Edmondston-Alston House and the City-operated Old Slave Mart Museum and Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon.
Traveling Charleston's Museum Mile
Getting about the Mile is simple - it is easily navigable by foot and public transportation. Pedestrian traffic and use of DASH trolleys and CARTA buses is encouraged to traverse the downtown area, travel to sites in and outside of the Mile and link with tourist buses at the Visitor Center. This concentration of historic and cultural sites is also enhanced by a host of visitor-service amenities including ample public parking, numerous hotels, inns, restaurants and abundant shopping opportunities. The Mile is also close to other points of visitor interest, including Aquarium Wharf and Liberty Square, and provides a helpful central reference for exploring all that downtown Charleston has to offer.
Startup marketing costs for Charleston's Museum Mile were made possible by an accommodations tax grant from the County of Charleston. The startup marketing program will include billboards, banners, brochures, a website (www.charlestonsmuseummile.org) and other promotional vehicles. Business sponsors include the Mills House, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse, and The Bank of South Carolina.