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Heading to Charleston SC next weekend.. What to do?

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I'll be taking a mini vacation next weekend. It's part of my bucket list to see the major battlegrounds/forts and other sites from the Revolutionary War. I'm starting with the site in Mobile, and might make it to Jacksonville to see the only two from East/West Florida (at that time). Next up is SC for me.

Since there's only a few there I'll be checking out Ft. Sumpter and other general historic areas, plantations, etc. I'm also staying in the French Quarter - which I hear is quite a bit less fragrant and more colorful than the last one I visited.

Any other suggestions I should do/see/visit while I'm there? Thanks in advance.
 

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A tour of Middleton Place is interesting - the oldest cultivated gardens in US - historical home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

A trip to Savannah is about 100 miles - and a more interesting place.
 

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Queology is very good food - but expensive so go to the Brown Dog Deli. Lewis BBQ for some good eats.

Of course, you will want a round of golf at Charleston National
 
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Worth your time to walk through the Slave Market. It's mostly tourist trap stuff, but you can find decent stuff from time to time. Last time I was there I got Billy Gibbons' autograph. He said "You were the only person who recognized me all day"

If you are in Charleston for any length of time I recommend Mac's Place on East Bay St for lunch at least one day. It's a Chicago themed restaurant, but it's one of my favorite places. It provides a good deviation from seafood.


But make sure to go over and eat on Shem Creek. It doesn't really matter where, they all offer good regional seafood. And if you want BBQ go to Rodney Scott's. The Scott Family are BBQ royalty.

If you are a history buff Patriot Point is worth checking out. It's not Revolutionary War, but it's very informative.

You could spend a week in SC alone for the Revolutionary War. Camden, Cowpens, Waxhaws, Star Fort to just name a few.
 

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I always recommend spending a few bucks for a carriage ride around any city.

You always get a few unknown facts.

Did it in New Orleans and learned where , "I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole" originated. Yep, they put dead bodies in crypts and moved the rotting one around with a ten foot pole to avoid the smell. And actually picked them up when the pole to finally bury them.

Charleston has open horse drawn carriages. Wife, grandson and myself took the ride and it was interesting, fun and educational.

You seem to know what you want to do. Don't know if you know what's available, but

Explore Charleston
  • First White House of the Confederacy.
  • Belle Meade Plantation.
  • Belle Mont Mansion.
  • Beauvoir: The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library.
  • Fort Sumter Battlefield.
  • The Problem in Charleston Harbor.
  • Naval Tech During the Civil War


Tour Civil War Charleston in One Day​

An itinerary of key sites and things to do



This is an image of the destruction of Charleston in the aftermath of the Civil War.


If you have one day to do Civil War Charleston, you’ll have plenty to do in this wonderful city, known by many at the time as the “cradle of secession.”
Total Stops: 4
Total Time: 8-9 hours
Total Distance: 9-mile radius | Tour Map
Before You Go: Watch the Fort Sumter Animated Map

Stop #1: Fort Sumter National Monument
Time: 2.5 hours
Details: www.nps.gov/fosu/planyourvisit/index.htm
Confederate forces fired on the Union garrison at Fort Sumter in the early hours of April 12, 1861, marking the beginning of the Civil War.
What to do:
  • Start at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center (340 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401)
  • Purchase your tickets, tour the exhibits and catch your boat to Sumter.

Stop #2: Fort Moultrie
Time: 1.5 hours
Details: www.nps.gov/fosu/planyourvisit/index.htm
In use from the Revolutionary War to World War II, was occupied by Maj. Robert Anderson and his Union troops before they moved to Fort Sumter in 1860. Confederates used Fort Moultrie in April 1861 to shell Fort Sumter, and also occupied Fort Moultrie to defend Charleston from a Union naval siege from 1863 to 1865.
What to do:
  • Tour the Visitor Center (1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482) exhibits, watch the orientation film, find out what ranger programs are offered that day
  • Tour the fort.

Stop #3: Historic Downtown Charleston
Time: 2.5 hours
Details: www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=161
Walk the streets of this charming, well-preserved Southern city.
What to Do:
  • Stop by the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403) for maps touring information
  • Walk along the Charleston Battery and admire the beautiful city.

Stop #4: HL Hunley
Time: 1.5 hours
Details: The Friends of The Hunley – The World's First Successful Combat Submarine
Visit the remains of this preserved submarine that was used by Confederates to try and disrupt the Union siege of Charleston Harbor—the first submarine to sink an enemy warship.
What to do:
  • Tour the museum exhibits and see the submarine. (1250 Supply St, North Charleston, SC 29405)
 

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A tour of Middleton Place is interesting - the oldest cultivated gardens in US - historical home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

A trip to Savannah is about 100 miles - and a more interesting place.

Speaking of Savannah, the house where my mother was raised in East Hartford, CT was moved there. The age of the timbers in the home made the modified structure in Savannah the oldest in town. Check out the video and the article.

Who moves a home from CT the GA?

 

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Queology is very good food - but expensive so go to the Brown Dog Deli. Lewis BBQ for some good eats.

Of course, you will want a round of golf at Charleston National
Their driving range is kinda short, but I'll just leave the 7 iron at home.
 

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My wife and I went that way a few years back. A few of the highlights for us were an evening boat ride with dinner and music as you cruise around the area. Gives you a different view of the city in the evening with all the lights. Another would be some of the tours of the forts were pretty awesome. Obviously the big one being Fort Sumter. I think we spent half a day walking around that one. My wife would say the time we spent searching for lighthouses in the area was one of her favorites, but she loves lighthouses. I would definitely recommend the walking tours if you can handle a lot of walking more so than the bus tours. We did the bus tour and while we got a lot of info out of it, not exactly fun to just go cruising by and barely catch a glimpse of anything.
 

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Never been to South Carolina... I was going to go there as a kid to Myrtle Beach, SC but on the morning my friends family was to pick me up to head there I got sick.


I am heading to Pittsburgh, PA in a few weeks. I am sure I will find something to do. I want to get to South Carolina eventually. Been to North Carolina. Let me know how you like it.
 

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Never been to South Carolina... I was going to go there as a kid to Myrtle Beach, SC but on the morning my friends family was to pick me up to head there I got sick.


I am heading to Pittsburgh, PA in a few weeks. I am sure I will find something to do. I want to get to South Carolina eventually. Been to North Carolina. Let me know how you like it.
Be ready to see LOTS of Black and Gold gear….you know, kind of like Iowa.

Go to the top of Mt Washington for a great view over downtown Pittsburgh. It’s an impressive city, I think one of the most underrated cities in the US.
 

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LGM, this company does a really nice job with educational tours. Now they are doing online lectures, and one later this week is on Charleston. Might be worth $26 to get a preview of things you my want to see.

 
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Was stationed there for 2 years in the early 90’s. I’d love to go back to visit. I don’t feel like I appreciated the history of that place in my early 20’s.
 

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Be ready to see LOTS of Black and Gold gear….you know, kind of like Iowa.

Go to the top of Mt Washington for a great view over downtown Pittsburgh. It’s an impressive city, I think one of the most underrated cities in the US.



True story. The Steelers designed their uniforms after the Hawkeyes.

I will check out Mt. Washington! 4 sho! Thanks.
 

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True story. The Steelers designed their uniforms after the Hawkeyes.

I will check out Mt. Washington! 4 sho! Thanks.
Get yer own thread.
 

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Btw, thanks for the tips all. Got more in than I thought, even with the daily afternoon thunderstorms. Its like Houston, except has charm, elegance, and a breeze that will have you saying things like "veranda, piazza, and "I do declare" more than Springsteen at the customs office on a trip from Russia.
 
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