Charleston Journals

A Walking Tour of Historic Church St.

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A travel journal to Charleston by Taylor Shelby

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Quote: Charleston is a city best seen by foot. In my first walking tour guide, I will point out some of the most interesting sites on one of Charleston's most beautiful streets.

A Walking Tour of Historic Church St.

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Church Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston is a walker's paradise. There is a beauty that cannot be experienced from the inside of your car or a tour bus. If you really want to get a feel for this beautiful, vibrant, sultry city, get out there and walk around! Peek into people's gates and see their wonderful gardens. Stop and read the historic markers - I promise you will learn something! Smell the flowers and feel the sunshine? That is Charleston. Lest you think I'm telling you lies, I am a licensed tour guide of the city of Charleston, and all of this information is based on official documents and well-researched books. I have made an effort to allow you to go on a tour that lets you see what you want and take as l...Read More

Dock Street Theatre

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Attraction | "Dock Street Theatre - 135 Church St."

Dock Street Theatre Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Dock Street Theatre is easily recognizable by its unusual facade. Cast-iron columns hold up an elaborate wrought-iron balcony painted a unique shade of blue. It gets it name from the fact that it used to face the Queen Street side of the property, once called Dock Street The building that you see today is a replica of America's first theatre building built in 1735. The theatre was christened with a performance of The Recruiting Officer in 1736. Sadly, in 1740, most of the historic French Quarter was destroyed in a great fire. Dock Street Theatre was most likely lost in that fire. In 1809, a new building was built on this site to house the new Planter's Hotel. In its heyday, ...Read More

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Dock Street Theatre
135 Church Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 577-5967

French Huguenot Church

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Attraction | "French Huguenot Church - 136 Church St."

French Huguenot Church Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Across the street from Dock Street Theatre is the gleaming, gothic French Huguenot Church. By 1680, the first French immigrants were coming into the Carolina colony and settling in Charleston, and they started the congregation. In 1685, they got a flood of new members when Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes. This Edict, which promised tolerance of the protestant faith, was all that was keeping the Huguenots safe in France. After its revocation, French immigrants poured out of France seeking asylum. Many came to Charleston. The first building on this site was started in 1687. It stood for over 100 years, but in 1796, during a great fire, the church was blown up to provide a fire break. I...Read More

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French Huguenot Church
136 Church Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 720-3968

15 to 59 Church St.

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Gate Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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15 Church St. - This was the home of the Snowden family before, during, and after the Civil War. At the beginning of the war, it was used by its owner, Dr. William Snowden, as a hospital for wounded confederates. In 1865, the family evacuated Charleston with the rest of the city when they realized that the city was about to fall to the Union Army. To protect their family silver, they buried it in the yard when they left. For some reason, no one remembered where it was when they got back. It was not found until 1922, when someone doing yard work dug it up. This prompted people all over the south to dig up their yards in search of buried heirloom silver. I doubt many were as lucky! ...Read More

61 to 91 Church St .

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First Baptist Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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61 Church St. - First Baptist Church - This is the oldest Baptist Church in the South and the "mother church of Southern Baptists." The congregation was formed in 1683 by Rev. William Screven. The first frame building was erected on this site in 1699. During the Revolutionary War, the British army used the building as a storage room for salt beef and other foodstuffs. The British commander, Lord Cornwallis, said that he "feared the prayers of the young Baptist minister more than the armies of Marion and Sumter." The minister he was speaking of was Rev. Richard Furman, the founder of Furman University. The current building dates back to 1819 and was designed by famous architect Robert Mi...Read More