City Sights

Where Charleston - - The Guide -

AIKEN  RHETT HOUSE  The Aiken-Rhett House stands as one of the most in­tact build­ings show­cas­ing ur­ban life in an­te­bel­lum Charleston. Orig­i­nal out­build­ings in­clude the kitchen, sta­ble, coach house and liv­ing quar­ters. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 2-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $512. www.His­ 48 El­iz­a­beth St., 843.723.1623.

AN­GEL OAK This an­cient oak tree is es­ti­mated to be more than 1,400 years old. It is 65 feet tall and has a cir­cum­fer­ence of 25.5 feet. Open daily. Free ad­mis­sion.­geloak­ 3688 An­gel Oak Road, Johns Is­land, 843.559.3496.

CAL­HOUN MAN­SION  Visit one of Charleston’s most fas­ci­nat­ing homes, which fea­tures an Ital­ianate de­sign, 35 rooms, 35 fire­places, a grand ball­room, a 75-foot-tall ceil­ing with dome and Ja­panese wa­ter gar­dens with koi pools. The for­mer home of hu­man­i­tar­ian Ge­orge Walton Wil­liams is a tes­ta­ment to Charleston’s re-emer­gence from the Civil War. Open daily 11 am-5 pm; tours sched­uled in ad­vance. Ad­mis­sion: $16-75.­houn­man­ 16 Meet­ing St., 843.722.8205. CHARLES PINCKNEY NA­TIONAL HIS­TOR  IC SITE  See the rem­nants of the plan­ta­tion of one of the prin­ci­pal au­thors and sign­ers of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. Open daily. Free ad­mis­sion. www.nps. gov/chpi. 1254 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleas­ant, 843.881.5516.

CHARLES TOWNE LAND­ING  This is the site of the first per­ma­nent Eng­lish set­tle­ment in the Caroli­nas, which hap­pened more than 300 years ago. You’ll find a re­pro­duced sail­ing ves­sel, the orig­i­nal fortified area, an ex­per­i­men­tal crop gar­den and a nat­u­ral habi­tat zoo with more than 20 species of an­i­mals. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $6-10. www.south­caroli­na­ 1500 Old Towne Road, West Ash­ley, 843.852.4200.

CHARLESTON CITY MAR­KET Charles Cotesworth Pinckney ceded the land on which the Mar­ket is built to the City of Charleston in 1788. He stip­u­lated that a pub­lic mar­ket be built on the site and that it re­main in use as a pub­lic mar­ket into per­pe­tu­ity. To­day, the mar­ket is a shop­ping fa­vorite of lo­cals and tourists alike. Open daily 9:30 am- 6 pm; night mar­ket open F-Su 6:30-10:30 pm. www.thecharlestonci­ty­mar­ 188 Meet­ing St., 843.937.0920.

CHARLESTON TEA PLAN­TA­TION  On quiet and scenic Wad­malaw Is­land, ex­pe­ri­ence Amer­ica’s only tea plan­ta­tion. View acres of tea plants, learn how tea is made dur­ing a fac­tory tour, en­joy a ride through the fields and sam­ple the prod­uct. Open M-Sa 10 am- 4 pm, Su noon- 4 pm. www.charleston­tea­plan­ta­ 6617 May­bank Hwy., Wad­malaw Is­land, 843.559.0383.

EDMONDSTON ALSTON HOUSE  This home was one of the first dwellings built on Charleston’s High Bat­tery in 1825. Built by a ship­ping mer­chant and later ren­o­vated by Charles Alston in the Greek Re­vival style, the Edmondston-Alston House al­lows vis­i­tors to tour the rooms where Gen. Robert E. Lee took refuge dur­ing the Civil War. Open Tu-Sa 10 am- 4:30 pm, Su-M 1- 4:30 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $8-12. www. ed­mond­ston­al­ 21 E. Bat­tery, 843.722.7171.

FOLLY BEACH FISH­ING PIER  The Edwin S. Tay­lor Folly Beach Fish­ing Pier stretches 1,045 feet into the At­lantic Ocean. The pier is the sec­ond long­est on the East Coast and of­fers not only spec­tac­u­lar views, but a va­ri­ety of fish­ing tour­na­ments, spe­cial events and din­ing. 101 East Arc­tic Ave., 843.588.3474.

FORT MOUL­TRIE  Named af­ter Wil­liam Moul­trie, who over­saw its con­struc­tion as colonel of the South Carolina mili­tia in 1776, Fort Moul­trie has seen more than 170 years of his­tory, from the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion through World War II. It was here that the first de­ci­sive vic­tory for the Amer­i­can colonies oc­curred dur­ing the Amer­i­can Revolu--

tionary War. See the grounds, in­clud­ing the site of the first palmetto fort and the World War II Har­bor En­trance Com­mand Post, as well as ex­hibits and a short movie in the vis­i­tors cen­ter. The en­trance fee is $3 (adults) and $1 se­niors (62+); chil­dren 15 and un­der, free. 1214 Mid­dle St., Sul­li­van’s Is­land. Open daily. 1214 Mid­dle St., Sul­li­van’s Is­land, 843.883.3123.

THE H. L. HUNLEY In 1864, the Hunley be­came the world’s first suc­cess­ful sub­ma­rine and then mys­te­ri­ously van­ished. Lost at sea for more than a cen­tury, the Hunley was lo­cated in 1995 and raised in 2000. The sub­ma­rine now rests in a 75,000-gal­lon tank while sci­en­tists are at work to ex­ca­vate and con­serve it. See the Hunley and en­joy new in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits dur­ing the 20-minute tour. Open Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Tick­ets: $8-16. www. 1250 Sup­ply St., North Charleston 877.448.6539. HEY­WARD WASH­ING­TON HOUSE  Built in 1772, this was the town­home of Thomas Hey­ward Jr., Rev­o­lu­tion­ary pa­triot and signer of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. It was also Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s tem­po­rary res­i­dence dur­ing his South­ern Tour of 1791. Lo­cated in the orig­i­nal walled por­tion of the city, the neigh­bor­hood was used by Du­bose Hey­ward as the set­ting for “Porgy and Bess.” Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Tick­ets: $512. www.charleston­mu­ 87 Church St., 843.722.2996.

JOSEPH MANIGAULT HOUSE  Built in 1803, this home is a premier ex­am­ple of Adam-style, or Federal, ar­chi­tec­ture. De­signed by gen­tle­man ar­chi­tect Gabriel Manigault for his brother, Joseph, the house is one of the most dis­tin­guished in the city, cap­tur­ing the life­style of a wealthy, rice-plant­ing fam­ily. Adults, $12; chil­dren (3-12), $5; un­der 3, free. Com­bi­na­tion tick­ets with Charleston Mu­seum, Hey­ward-Wash­ing­ton House also avail­able. Open daily. www.charleston­mu­ 350 Meet­ing St., 843.722.2996.

MOR­RIS IS­LAND LIGHT­HOUSE  Known as the “Charleston Light,” the light­house is lo­cated just off Folly Beach at the en­trance to Charleston Har­bor. www.savethe­ North­east end of Folly Beach. ( Take East Ash­ley un­til it ends at park­ing lot; walk about a quar­ter-mile to beach.) 843.633.0099.

OLD EX­CHANGE AND PROVOST DUN  GEON  Dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War, Amer­i­can pa­tri­ots were held pris­oner in the Provost Dun­geon, which now pro­vides an eerie tour through his­tory. This his­toric site also con­tains a por­tion of the Charles Towne Sea Wall, which was built to pro­tect the colony from pi­rates in the 1600s. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. www.old­ex­ 122 E. Bay St., 843.727.2165.

RAIN­BOW ROW One of the most pho­tographed points in Charleston, this row of brightly col­ored houses on East Bay Street is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the preser­va­tion and re­con­struc­tion of Charleston’s sig­na­ture ar­chi­tec­ture. www.rain­ 83-107 East Bay St.

SOUTH CAROLINA AQUAR­IUM  Get up close to an al­bino al­li­ga­tor, sev­eral shark species, sea tur­tles and river ot­ters at Charleston’s best fam­ily at­trac­tion. En­joy in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits like the Touch Tank and the Salt­marsh Aviary, where you can feed the rays. Tick­ets $17.95-24.95. Open daily 9 am- 4 pm. www.scaquar­ 100 Aquar­ium Wharf, 843.577.3474.

ST. PHILIP’S CHURCH  Es­tab­lished in 1680, St. Philip’s boasts the old­est church con­gre­ga­tion in Charleston; how­ever, the pre­sent build­ing on Church Street wasn’t built un­til 1710. The church’s ceme­tery is the rest­ing place of sev­eral found­ing fa­thers. www.stphilip­ 142 Church St., 843.722.7734.

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