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Along a single stretch of Meeting Street known as the Museum Mile, Charleston boasts six museums, five significant historic homes that are open to the public, four parks and a Revolutionary War powder magazine. And that’s not to mention a wealth of lovely 18th- 19th-century churches, historic homes and the elegant 1841 Market Hall.
All aspects of the city’s storied past divulge themselves in Charleston. Explore the site where the first British settlers set foot at Charlestowne Landing and learn how folks lived here before yellow fever, which was rampant in the mosquito-infested marshland, drove them to relocate to the peninsula across the Ashley River. Discover maritime history aboard a WWII aircraft carrier at Patriot’s Point, and see cadets on parade in full military dress while visiting the museum on The Citadel campus. Get a taste of colonial times at the Charleston Museum, and drop by the Old Slave Mart to hear how slaves who worked the rice and indigo plantations helped Charleston become the wealthiest city in colonial America. Adults can experience Charleston’s early 20th-century cultural renaissance at the Gibbes Museum of Art, while the kids fire up their own artistic imagination at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.