On April 12, 1861, the Confederacy fired the first shot of the civil war at this fort, which is on an island in Charleston Harbor.
Description: The fort can be reached and toured by a short boat ride from downtown Charleston, which offers a view of Charleston across the harbor. Walk where history... ...Read More
Middleton Place, 15 miles from Charleston, is a 65 acre plantation and mansion built in the 1730s. It appeared in the movie The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, reenacting when British troops under Henry Clinton ransacked the mansion in 1780 and imprisoned Arthur Middleton. The entire grounds and its mansion are beautiful, preserved as they appeared in the 1700s, and can be toured.
Description: Middleton place was owned by Henry Middleton, a President of the First Continental Congress. His son Arthur was born in the house and later was a signer... ...Read More
On 70 acres of gardens, Magnolia Plantation was founded in 1679 by Thomas and Ann Drayton. It was occupied by both American and British troops during the American Revolution.
Description: Magnolia Plantation is 20 minutes from Charleston, on the Ashley River. There is a house tour, a swamp garden with alligators, a nature train ride, gardens of... ...Read More
Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum is the oldest museum in the U.S. Some of its collection has been on display since that date.
Description: The museum includes “The Swamp Fox of the Revolution” Francis Marion’s personal items, Native American artifacts who lived around Charleston before settlement, and women’s dresses of the... ...Read More
The Aquarium juts out 200 feet into the Charleston Harbor, and its main hall has two-story windows with a view of Charleston Harbor. It is home to 10,000 animals and plants.
Description: The Great Ocean Tank extends from the 1st to 3rd floors, holds more than 385,000 gallons, and contains more than three hundred creatures. ...Read More
The Warren Lasch Conservation Center displays the Civil War submarine H. L. Hunley, which sank off the coast of Charleston in 1864 after attacking the USS Housatonic.
Description: The submarine was not found and recovered from the ocean floor until 2000, after being searched for relentlessly by treasure hunters. Inside, there was the lucky $20... ...Read More
Boone Hall Plantation is an ante-bellum plantation 20 minutes north of Charleston. There are 9 original slave cabins dating to 1790-1810, a smoke house dating to 1750, the Cotton Gin house of 1853, and an Avenue of Oaks planted in 1743 which line a 3/4 mile road from the entrance to the front house gates.
Description: Boone Hall Plantation is one of America's oldest plantations still in operation today, continually growing crops for over 320 years- strawberries, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, watermelons, and sweet... ...Read More