The Grandeur Of Charleston's Past Restored For Future GenerationsPicnic in the Cistern at America's first municipal college. See a show in America's First Theater. Buy souvenirs in one of the nation's oldest public markets. Take a tour of one of Charleston's historic homes and buildings and see why Charleston truly is a place where history lives.
Avery Research Center for African-American History and CultureReading room and archives open M-F from 10-5; closed from 12:00pm-1:30pm for lunch. All group tours require appointments. We will accommodate group tours on Saturday by appointment only. (1990 Carolopolis Award). Beautifully restored facility, site of former Avery School built in 1865. Tour of building includes exhibits and archives.
Drayton HallThe oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public. Admission includes guided House Tour, Connections Program: From Africa to America, interactive landscape tour, African-American cemetery, nature walks, Museum Shop. Please call ahead for hours and tour times.
Morris Island LighthouseMorris Island is located off of Folly Beach and is an ecologically and historically sensitive barrier island. One of Charleston's best known and most beloved landmarks is recognized as one of the top 100 cultural sites in the state of South Carolina by the Heritage Trust Program Board. www.savethelight.org.
Old City MarketOpen M-Su. one of the nation's oldest public markets (circa 1804), this beloved attraction completed a three-year, $5.5 million renovation in June 2011. Shop for authentic Lowcountry souvenirs and hear the lilting dialect of Gullah ladies as the weave and sell handmade sweetgrass baskets.
Old Exchange and Provost DungeonBuilt by the British in 1771, American Patriots were held prisoner in the Provost during the War of Americas' Independence. One of the three most historically significant buildings of colonial America. Educational tours/evening events. Adults $8; 7-12 $4; 6 and under free.
South Carolina Historical SocietyM, W, Th, F 9am – 4pm; Tu 9am – 7:30pm. Founded in 1855. The state's oldest historical society maintaining a vast research library and archives in the historic Robert Mills Fireproof Building. Researchers are invited to explore our collections. Members conduct research for free and receive the Society's publications. Tours available by appointment.
The Charleston Library SocietyM-F 9:30am-5:30pm; Sa 9:30am-2pm. Established December 28, 1748 by seventeen young gentlemen of various trades. The Charleston Library Society paved the way for the founding of the College of Charleston in 1770 and provided the core collection of artifacts for the founding of the Charleston Museum.
The College of CharlestonFounded in 1770, the first municipal college in America was built in 1724 on land set aside for educational purposes. The present main building was designed by eminent Philadelphia architect William Strickland, built in 1828, and paid for by voluntary subscription by the people of Charleston.
The Historic Dock Street Theatre“America’s First Theatre,” located in the heart of downtown Charleston, is home to the City’s finest cultural institutions including Spoleto Festival USA and Moja Arts Festival. Charleston Stage, the theatre company in residence at Dock Street, presents a full season of plays each year.
The Powder MagazineThe oldest public building in the Carolinas. The Powder Magazine stored the powder crucial for defending Charleston. Although replaced by a newer magazine in 1748, it served effectively until the American Revolution. Today it is restored to its mid-nineteenth century appearance and open as a National Historic Landmark.