Historic Sites in Charleston/Downtown

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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Charleston City Market

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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Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

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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South Carolina Historical Society

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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The Charleston Library Society

Paved the way for the founding of the College of Charleston in 1770. Providing core collection of artifacts for the founding of the Charleston Museum.

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The College of Charleston

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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The Historic Dock Street Theatre

“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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The Powder Magazine

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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