King Street is Charleston's main shopping thoroughfare. Starting at the southern tip of Charleston and running north, you have 16 blocks of shops to explore as you admire the beautifully preserved colonial architecture. You can find everything from Gap to Gucci, but the many independent stores are what make King Street unique. The area is especially heavy with antique stores. For rare and pricey home furnishings, try hunting in A. Fairfax Antiques. For all things 17th-18th century English and European, English Patina, Inc. will meet your needs. For bookworms, browsing Boomer's Books and Collectibles, the largest used bookstore in Charleston, is a must. And for the shoe lovers, Bob Ellis Shoes stocks high-end designers like Manolo Blahnik and Prada, but you may want to opt for comfortable walking shoes if you're attempting to shop the whole length of King Street!
6 Chalmers Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 958 6467
Charleston's largest slave collecting and reselling center is now a museum open to the public. The Old Slave Mart Museum intends to educate and give visitors a detailed overview of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. On July 1st, 1856 Thomas Ryan opened the spot. Ryan's Mart operated for eight years. During this time, thousands of enslaved blacks were bought and sold. Documents, recorded accounts, and tools involved in the slave trade are on display throughout the building and work together to tell the story.
Follow 300 years of Federal, Greek Revival, Georgian, and Victorian architectural design and development in the historic district of Charleston. Knowledgeable guides explain building styles, historic traditions, and preservation techniques for many of the city's 18th and 19th-century churches, homes, and public buildings - many have survived wars and natural disasters. Some of the landmarks included in the tours are St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Dock Street Theatre, Catfish Row, Circular Congregational Church, Hibernian Society Hall and White Point Gardens. Visitors can also enjoy the Georgian Weekend tour package featuring 18th-century furniture and paintings. -Natasha Lawrence
103 Church Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 723 0025
Visiting an art gallery such as this will prove to be a memorable experience at the Charleston Renaissance, you'll discover fine art at its best. This is the only principal gallery that focuses on works of the American South, including sculptures, sketches, and oil canvases. It not only displays pieces by local artists, but also collectibles from around the world. Exhibitions are held several times in the course of each year, so visit the website for further details.
Smith-Killian is the place to go for realism and color. Everything from landscapes to architecture and still life are expressed through paint, photography and sculpture. The gallery features works by Betty Anglin Smith and her children: Jennifer Lynn Smith, Shannon Smith, Tripp Smith. The work of Darrell Davis and Martin Gates is also displayed.
10 Guignard Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 853 3747
An old custom thrives in Charleston as you tour the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Classic Carriage Tours offers guided tours in carriages drawn by award-winning Percheron Draft Horses. Horse-drawn transportation is a tradition in Charleston that the owners of Classic Carriage Tours make every effort to maintain as authentically as possible. One-hour, private, group, wedding and other special occasion tours are offered. Tour times vary.
68 Spring Street Charleston, SC 29403 +1 843 853 4651
The Karpeles library is the world's largest repository of original manuscripts and documents. David and Marsha Karpeles founded the institution in 1983 to encourage children to learn. It is one of nine branches nationwide. It is housed in a building dating back to 1791 and served as a Methodist church and a Confederate hospital. In addition to historical manuscripts, the museum in Charleston makes space available for school programs, art exhibits and community service. All library services are free.
87 Church Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 722 2996
Thomas Heyward, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, built his splendid home in 1772. In 1791, the city rented the home for use by an honored guest: George Washington. The building is decorated with Charleston-manufactured furniture and the gardens showcase flowers that were available and popular in the 18th century. The Heyward-Washington House has been featured on Home and Garden Television. Guided tours are available. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the house or through the Charleston Museum.
135 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 722 2706
Over 10,000 pieces of art are featured in Gibbes Museum of Arts' permanent collection. The collection focuses on fine American art with an emphasis on original Charleston works. Over 300 years of American history is represented through paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, portraits and sculpture. A remarkable array of Japanese wood block prints is on display as well as paintings by such noted artists as Washington Allston, Gilbert Stuart and America's first professional female artist, Henrietta Johnston.
51 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401 +1 843 724 8481
In the early 1800s, the Nathaniel Russell House, a neoclassic dwelling, was the home of Nathaniel and Sarah Russell. The marriage of the Russells resulted in the merging of two great merchant families who made a fortune peddling rice and indigo. The interior of the home can only be described as graceful; intricate plasterwork, uniquely designed rooms, and a breathtaking free-flying staircase are just a few of the architectural highlights. Much of the art displayed around the home is of Charleston origin, and each room is decorated in fine turn-of-the-century style.
Built by George Walton Williams, a native businessman and humanitarian,
who wanted to revive Charleston while Union soldiers occupied the city in 1876, is now a museum and private residence. Spread over 24,000 square feet (2,229 square meters), with ...
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Bulldog Tours offers exclusive night time access to a Pre Revolutionary Dungeon, the Old City Jail, and one of Charleston's oldest graveyards. Tours offered are Charleston Ghost & Graveyard, ...
Charleston is steeped in history and tradition and The Preservation
Society of Charleston works at preserving the historic monuments by organizing fund raiser programs. One of the organizations major events is the Annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens. ...