Of all the cities whose historic districts predate the Civil War, Charleston seems to be --- for want of a better word --- the most pristine. No matter how old the house, it’s likely to sparkle with a fresh coat of paint. The old brick buildings, with their ornate signs and antique insurance-society fire medallions, generally have a spiffed-up look as well. The city was severely damaged in a hurricane some years ago; repairs and a civic urge to recover quickly may have something to do with this.
(Except, of course, for the sprawling, chaotic old marketplace, which stretches a long and narrow two blocks through the central city.)
Horse-drawn "omnibuses" --- canopied, open-air wag...Read More