Charleston Journals

Charleston: The Big Little City of the South

A June 2003 trip to Charleston by hersplash

Nathaniel Russell House Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: To me, Charleston seemed a lot like Boston. It is extremely rich in history, boasts sophisticated residents, and offers beautiful beaches. It is also a place you can return to and always find something new to see.

Gibbes Museum of Art

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The Gibbes Museum of Art is located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district. Their collection spans five centuries and has a nice variety of art forms like paintings, sculptures, photography, and drawings. They also have a lovely, but small museum gift shop. My favorite treat in this museum was the miniature room. The collection includes real period rooms duplicated by artists in miniature construction. The rooms showcase the South Carolina low-country region’s architecture and interior design in the 18th and 19th centuries. Reduced by a scale of one inch to one foot, these rooms are furnished with handmade period furniture and furnishings, including rugs and draperies, paintings and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
+1 843 722 2706

Nathaniel Russell House

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Nathaniel Russell House Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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One of my favorite tours in Charleston is the Nathaniel Russell House. This was a spectacular home from 1808, a Federal-style townhouse of Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell. He made most of his fortune from exporting rice. The home boasts elaborate plasterwork ornamentation, geometrically shaped rooms, and a magnificent free-flying staircase. Furnished with period antiques and works of art, the house was one of the grandest in Charleston at the time. The free-flying staircase is the centerpiece of this home and provided a processional route to the upper floors. Built on the cantilever principle, each step is supported by that beneath it and by the support of each landing. It is one of t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Nathaniel Russell House
51 Meeting St
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
+1 843 723 1623

Aiken-Rhett House

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Aiken-Rhett House Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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The Aiken-Rhett House is significantly different than the Nathanial Russell house. This home has very few furnishings, but it gives you a feel for the slaves’ quarters. It was a self-guided audio tour where a man talks about each room and its old furnishings. With the audio tour, I felt like I was taken back in time. It includes music and sounds that were a part of daily life in the early 1800s. However, because the audiotape was so detailed, I actually broke down laughing in the beginning of this tour. "Now turn around and walk back through the door. Be careful of your step. Now turn right, and you will see the original fireplace. Look up..." I’m not sure why it struck me as so funny...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Aiken-Rhett House
48 Elizabeth St
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
+1 843 723 1159

Fort Sumter National Monument

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Fort Sumter National Monument Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Fort Sumter is a national monument in Charleston Harbor where the Civil War began. South Carolina had seceded from the Union, yet Union forces still occupied strategic Fort Sumter at the entrance of Charleston Harbor. The South demanded that Fort Sumter be vacated and, when the North refused it, began a two-day bombardment beginning April 12, 1861, resulting in the surrender of Fort Sumter. With the North’s withdrawal, the South held the fort until it was finally evacuated on February 17, 1865. During that time, the Fort experienced one of the largest sieges in modern warfare—46,000 shells, estimated at over 7 million pounds of metal, were fired at the fort. During this time, most of the w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Fort Sumter National Monument
1214 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina 29482
+1 843 883 3123