Historic Sites of the Holy City Just Around the Nearest Street Corner

History buffs and first time visitors to Charleston alike will find inspiration in any amount of time in Charleston, South Carolina. Simply take a stroll down any of the Holy City's busy streets or through quiet residential neighborhoods, and one can't help but encounter living history in nearly every park, building, and stately home. Learn and explore as you go, or stop by the Charleston CVB on Upper King Street for help planning your historical Charleston itinerary. Travel back in time on foot by visiting Charleston's downtown historical sites, like the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon on East Bay and Broad, the Old Slave Mart Museum on cobblestone Chalmers Street, or the Dock Street Theatre and French Hugenot Church in the elegant French Quarter. Sample local food and grab some Charleston craft souvenirs at the historical Charleston City Market to catch a break from the Charleston heat.

Venture outside of Charleston's peninsular downtown for a visit to Magnolia or Boone Hall plantations, take the ferry across the harbor to the site of the fist shots of the Civil War at Fort Sumter, or the family oriented Patriot's Point Naval Museum. Looking to get in touch with Charleston's natural history? Don't miss making a drive out to the 1500 plus year old Angel Oak, the lowcountry's favorite tree.

Dock Street Theatre
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Located on the corner of French Quarter Queen and Church streets, the Dock Street Theatre has a rich Charleston history spanning four centuries. On the National Register of Historic Places as the first building in the U.S. designed for...  Read More

Charleston City Market
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The Historic Charleston City Market is perhaps the most visited destination in downtown Charleston. Always bustling with shoppers and sightseers, the City Market is open 365 days a year, and showcases local Charleston vendors, their unique wares...  Read More



Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum is home to the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, and USS Clamagore, all retired WW2 watercraft now at home in the Charleston harbor. Open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Patriot's Point is a unique way to...  Read More

Old Slave Mart Museum
Photo courtesy of Angel Oak


Listen to the haunting real stories and view original artifacts and writings in this striking historic building once used for slave auctions. The museum's legacy as a part of a slave auction complex built in 1859 provides a unique home for the...  Read More



Home to the country's oldest public gardens, this 17th-century Charleston plantation also boasts one of the nation's largest collections of vibrant azaleas and camellias. Both the nature train and boat tour offer visitors an expansive tour and...  Read More

Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
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Purportedly home to countless ghosts and legends, this museum and historical landmark is one of the oldest buildings in Charleston. The historic attraction's tales of pirates, patriots, elegant Southern ladies and countless African slaves are...  Read More

Johns Island


This impressively massive live oak is believed to be more than 1500 years old, having survived many hurricanes earthquakes. The incredible heights stretch up 65 feet, with a trunk 25 feet in circumference, and twisting, crooked limbs that extend...  Read More



Fort Sumter, visible across the harbor from Waterfront Park and the Battery, is the famous site of the first shots of the Civil War. Sumter was taken by the Confederate Army in 1861, and became a Southern stronghold for most of the Civil War,...  Read More

Boone Hall Plantation
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An iconic row of ancient live oak trees welcomes you to one of America's oldest living and working plantations, and one of the most famous plantations in the Southern states. The majestic Boone Hall Plantation, set on 783 acres and established...  Read More



Set on the very same land where the Carolinas' first permanent British settlers made their homes in the year 1670, this extensive 664-acre park offers not only beautiful natural surroundings but a living history lesson for the whole family. A...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days...  More About Clare