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The Market is open daily and houses a fantastic range of individual vendors, including fine food and drink, shoes, hats, glass, and jewellery. The market is also opened on a Friday and Saturday evening and the atmosphere is wonderful. If you’d like to experience a true taste of Charleston, you can’t go far wrong with a trip to the City Market.
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US Custom House is in the historic district and dates back to 1853. The construction of the building was stopped prior to the Civil War and started again afterwards. It is used to house government agencies and is a beautifully designed building, with its imposing pillars and lovely staircase, which is now used as seating for special events in the city.
Fort Sumter, as mentioned earlier, was the location of the beginning of the American Civil War and is now a historic visitor attraction run by the US National Park Service. Entrance is free, but is only accessible by boat as it is located on an island. Swimming is not advised, obviously. Due to transport restrictions, planning ahead is key to ensure that you’re at the departure point at the correct time to get there and back. During the Summer months, there’s also a Sunset tour.
Boone Hall, like Magnolia, is a Southern plantation and brings alive the history of African Slaves and gives an insight into the ‘Gullah’ language and culture. The plantation is huge and includes a butterfly pavilion, house tours, garden walks, and a self guided tour of Black History in America.
Nathaniel Russell House Museum is a fine antebellum house located in the Downtown district of Charleston, and was the family home of Nathaniel Russell, a successful merchant of cotton, rice and other commodities. The house is open to the public and tells the story of the Russell family and the slaves that served them during their time in the property.
The Charleston Museum is also a wonderful spot for learning about the history of Charleston, the Civil War, the slave trade and the American Revolution, amongst others. The Museum also offers joint entry to two other historic houses, the Heyward-Washington and Joseph Manigault, which both tell stories of more wealthy Charleston families and the slaves that served them.
Charleston, aside from the mass of history it has preserved, is a thoroughly relaxing and welcoming city and I can’t wait to go back and see what else it has to offer.
Have you visited Charleston? What are your favourite sights?