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History of Charleston, SC

Historic Charleston, South Carolina

History is everywhere in Charleston, with numerous homes, buildings, markets, and monuments to explore. Even the Battery Carriage House Inn is a historic Charleston treasure, as our original building was erected sometime in the 1800s. Make our hotel your starting point for a tour of all of Charleston’s historic sites, including the Calhoun Mansion, the Powder Magazine, and the Confederate Museum.

Nearby Historic Attractions:

Calhoun Mansion (0.1 mile) – Experience Charleston’s largest private residence. Walk through intricately decorated rooms featuring a variety of historic artifacts as well as beautifully manicured gardens.

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon (0.6 mile) – Built as the Exchange and Customs House in 1771, this building housed American Patriots as prisoners during the Revolutionary War.

The Powder Magazine (0.7 mile) – Built in the late 1600s, the Powder Magazine was crucial to storage of powder for defense of the city. This attraction is South Carolina’s oldest public building and features an exciting exhibit on early colonial Charleston.

The Old Slave Mart Museum (0.7 mile) – Permanent exhibits at this museum narrate the African-American experience in Charleston and the SC Lowcountry from 1670 to the modern Civil Rights movement.

Historic Charleston City Market (1 mile) – Built in 1841, the City Market in Charleston, South Carolina, features small shops, restaurants, and a flea market with everything from produce to antiques.

Avery Research Center (1.3 miles) – The Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture houses permanent and visiting exhibits and archives relating to the history of the sea islands and the "Gullah" culture.

Aiken-Rhett House (1.6 miles) – This historic urban villa depicts life in antebellum Charleston.

Citadel Archives & Museum (2.9 miles) – Learn about the history of The Military College of South Carolina and Corps of Cadets from 1842 to the present through photographs, uniforms, and archival documents.

Patriots Point (6 miles) – Visit the Naval & Maritime Museum at Patriots Point, which features several military vessels, aircraft, the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, and a Cold War Submarine memorial.

Charles Towne Landing (6.5 miles) – A 17th-century reproduction trade vessel, native animal forest, formal gardens, and more are featured at this state park and historic site.

American Military Museum (7.4 miles) – This museum offers displays hundreds of uniforms, artifacts, and military miniatures that cover all branches and wars.

Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens (11.5 miles) – This still-working plantation includes gardens, slave cabins, dining, a gift shop, and one of the world’s longest oak-lined avenues.

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site (11.4 miles) – A remnant of founding father Charles Pinckney’s plantation, Snee Farm, the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site features a cottage museum and a walking trail.

Drayton Hall (12.7 miles) – A National Trust historic site and National Historic Landmark, Drayton Hall was designed in the Palladian style and is open daily for tours.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens (12.7 miles) – This 17th-century estate features America’s oldest gardens (c.1680), a pre-Revolutionary War plantation house, antebellum cabin, nature train, nature boat, gift shop, and more.

Edmondston-Alston House (13.6 miles) – Walk through exhibits featuring Alston family furniture, silver, books, and paintings in the high-ceiling rooms.

Middleton Place (16.5 miles) – Surrounded by America's oldest landscaped gardens and stable yards, the museum displays 18th- and 19th-century Middleton family china, silver, furniture, and portraits.

Charleston Tea Plantation (22 miles) – This commercial tea farm offers strolls beneath live oaks, a factory tour, and the Tea Shoppe.

The Edisto Island Museum (41.4 miles) – Explore exhibits on sea island plantation life, the Civil War, and Native Americans at this museum on Edisto Island.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site (46.6 miles) – The plantation grounds contain former rice fields, gardens, and a mansion.

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