Huguenot Church, Charleston © Akhenaton06
Charleston is one of the loveliest cities in the
country, despite having weathered great fires, earthquakes,
epidemics, civil war, and a devastating hurricane. It is
consistently classed among the most elegant and picturesque cities
The port of Charleston is the oldest city in the
state, sat on the peninsula separated by the Ashley and Cooper
Rivers. A large downtown district boasts hundreds of preserved and
restored buildings built over brick and cobblestone streets,
housing old-fashioned inns, antique shops, and pubs.
Narrow houses festooned with wrought-iron balconies
and wooden shutters line the streets, ornate gates enclosing pretty
gardens and shaded porches. Many of its double-storey houses are
authentically furnished museums that once belonged to wealthy
colonial merchants, while many are still the beautiful private
homes of wealthy residents.
The city started as an important seaport serving the
rice and cotton plantations throughout the region. It was a major
slave-trading centre with about a third of America's slaves being
bought and sold at the riverfront market.
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