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Our visit to Charleston, South Carolina, began with a visit to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. To access the fort, we took the designated ferry, a 30-minute ride that provides a beautiful tour of the harbor.
The fort is now part of a National Monument operated by the National Park Service. The tour of the fort and the artificial island it sits on was fascinating.
We next stopped at St. Philip’s Church, Anglican. The congregation was formed in 1680; the church that now stands was built in 1838. It is so tall that it served as a lighthouse for the harbor.
French Huguenot Church served as our next stop. It is the heart of the Charleston French Quarter.
Across the street, the Dock Street Theatre built in 1736, is also historic. The theater was the first place an opera was performed in the United States.
The Pink House was built in 1712. Over the centuries, it was home to a tavern, a brothel, a law office, an art gallery and who knows what else. Today it is a private residence.
We also visited the Old Slave Mart Museum, which was built as a slave mart. It serves as a museum chronicling the history of slavery in Charleston. It is a must-see site in the historic district.
Charleston is a great city with historical significance that demands a visit. We found this walking tour a helpful guide. You could also use the Fodor’s guide.
Share your charleston stories in the comments or by replay. Services there are conducted in French.