The City of Many Names
The community’s name of Charles Town honored the king, but was changed to Charleston at the end of the Revolutionary War:
Charles Town -> Charlestown -> Charleston
Charleston is often referred to as the The Holy City. The many churches in Charleston are a reminder of the impact religion once had and still has on the development of the city. The spectacular view of the cityscape is dotted with steeples, many of which you can view from the Charleston Harbor (which is also unfortunate, as these steeples were used as targets when enemies of Charleston were firing upon the town from the harbor).
A City of Endurance
There were several fires and natural disasters that almost completely leveled the town, along with several wars in-between.
Charleston was a hotbed of secession at the start of the American Civil War and an important Atlantic Ocean port city for the fledgling Confederate States of America. The first shots against the Federal government were those fired from Fort Sumter.
We found a a great way to take in the sites and learn the history of Charleston in about 2-3 hours and FREE!
FREE Tours by Foot: http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/charleston-sc-tours/
If you are so inclined, you may tip the tour guide (which we did because he was so awesome!). Note: I think there may have been a $1 per person fee for reserving on-line.
The old houses and streets are so pretty. I especially loved the gas-burning lanterns and the house that had the New England Patriots flag.
I really wanted to go on a historic pub crawl, but this was just too far out of the budget per person, so, we did the next best thing – Local Craft Brewery tasting tour. 🙂
You can charter the sailing yacht Thalia: http://www.charterworld.com/?sub=yacht-charter&charter=thalia-2927
Charleston was fun but we must continue south to warmer weather and blue water.