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  • 1. Aiken-Rhett House Museum

    Upper King | House/Mansion/Villa

    One of Charleston's most stately mansions, built in 1820 and virtually unaltered since 1858, has been preserved rather than restored, meaning...Read More

  • Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

    2. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    A drive through a ½-mile-long live-oak alley draped in Spanish moss introduces you to this still-functioning plantation, the oldest of its kind...Read More

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  • 3. Charles Towne Landing

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    There's plenty to see and do in this park marking the original 1670 settlement of Charles Towne, the first permanent European settlement in...Read More

  • 4. Fort Sumter National Monument

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Set on a man-made island in Charleston's harbor, this is the hallowed spot where the Civil War began. On April 12, 1861, the first shot of the...Read More

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  • 5. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

    West Ashley | Garden/Arboretum

    Sprawling, beautiful Magnolia Plantation was established in the 1670s by Thomas Drayton after he moved from Barbados. The extensive garden—the...Read More

  • 6. Middleton Place

    West Ashley | Garden/Arboretum

    Established in the 1730s, Middleton Place was at the center of the Middleton family’s empire of rice plantations, which consisted of 63,000...Read More

  • 7. Nathaniel Russell House Museum

    South of Broad | House/Mansion/Villa

    One of the nation's finest examples of Federal-style architecture, the Nathaniel Russell House was built in 1808 and has been restored to a...Read More

  • 8. Sullivan's Island Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This is one of the most pristine beaches in the Charleston area. The beachfront is owned by the town, including 200 acres of walkable maritime...Read More

  • 9. The Battery

    South of Broad | Park/Playground

    During the Civil War, the Confederate army mounted cannons in the Battery, at the southernmost point of Charleston's peninsula, to fortify the...Read More

  • 10. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

    Museum/Gallery

    This site includes the last 28 acres of the plantation owned by Charles Pinckney, a drafter and signer of the U.S. Constitution. You can tour...Read More

  • 11. College of Charleston

    College of Charleston Campus | Educational Institution

    A majestic Greek revival portico, Randolph Hall—an 1828 building designed by Philadelphia architect William Strickland—presides over the college...Read More

  • 12. Colleton Museum & Farmers Market

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum chronicles the history of this small Southern town, displaying everything from butter churns to the country's first anesthesia machine...Read More

  • 13. Dock Street Theatre

    Broad Street | Arts/Performance Venue

    The original Dock Street, built in 1736, was the first theater building in America. The current structure, reopened in 1935 and renovated in...Read More

  • 14. Drayton Hall

    West Ashley | House/Mansion/Villa

    Considered the nation's finest example of Palladian-inspired architecture, Drayton Hall is the only plantation house on the Ashley River to...Read More

  • 15. Edmondston-Alston House

    South of Broad | House/Mansion/Villa

    In 1825, Charles Edmondston built this house in the Federal style on Charleston's High Battery. About 13 years later, second owner Charles Alston...Read More

  • 16. Fort Moultrie

    Museum/Gallery

    A part of the Fort Sumter National Monument, this is the site where Colonel William Moultrie's South Carolinians repelled a British assault...Read More

  • 17. French Protestant (Huguenot) Church

    Market | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The circa-1845 Gothic-style church is home to the nation's only practicing Huguenot congregation. English-language services are held Sunday...Read More

  • 18. Heyward-Washington House

    South of Broad | House/Mansion/Villa

    This Georgian-style double house was the town home of Thomas Heyward, patriot leader and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The city...Read More

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  • 19. Joseph Manigault House

    Upper King | House/Mansion/Villa

    An extraordinary example of Federal architecture, this 1803 residence and National Historic Landmark reflects the urban lifestyle of a well...Read More

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  • 20. Magnolia Cemetery

    North Morrison | Cemetery

    Ancient oak trees drip Spanish moss over funerary sculptures and magnificent mausoleums in this cemetery on the Cooper River. It opened in 1850...Read More

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