Charles Towne (Charleston) is the oldest city in the state of South Carolina. In fact, when you stroll down the cobble-stone streets, you can’t help but feel like you’re walking through history. And, depending on where you stand, you might literally be stepping foot on it.
Charleston is often known as 'The Holy City' because of the prominence of churches that make-up its skyline. There are few points in the city where a church isn’t within eyesight. Charleston was also one of the only cities in the original thirteen colonies to implement religious tolerance.
While Charleston was a key player during both the American Revolution and Civil War, I think the deeply rooted culture of the city is its true claim to fame. During colonial times, Charleston was one of the most bustling port cities. It served as the hub of Atlantic trade. As Charleston grew in population and size, the culture of its people also grew. Settlers from all different backgrounds began to make Charleston their home. Theaters were built, the College of Charleston was founded, scientific groups were established, and socialite parties were the norm. Charleston was growing up, and growing up fast.
Over the years, Charleston has proven its endurance. The great fire of 1862. Check. The great quake of 1886. Double check. The American Revolution AND the Civil War. Triple Check. Despite the historical hazards, and almost weekly cases of major flooding, Charleston has remained well-preserved since its colonial days.
Even though I have lived in Charleston for most of my life, there is still so much I have yet to experience. The city is, truly, a gem of the South. Each and every time I walk downtown, I discover something new. Whether it be a historical site of the beaten path or a local eatery, the city has so much to offer.
Enough with the small talk, let the photo visual tour begin.