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A March 2005 trip to Charleston by Mary Dickinson

Middleton Place Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: We purchased Charleston Heritage passports for about $45 apiece and found them well worth the money, because they directed our attention to a well-rounded look at the background of the history of Charleston, a city built on enormous wealth, power, and slavery.

Days Inn Mount Pleasant-Charleston-Patriots Point

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Hotel | "Days Inn at Patriots Point"

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We had a lot to consider before choosing a hotel in or near Charleston, SC. We intended to tour two plantations, a house in the city, and the Charleston Museum, and we needed something convenient. Dealing with Charleston’s traffic is also a problem, especially near the bridges on Route 17 that go over the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, so the Days Inn at Patriots Point looked like our best choice. Before going to Charleston, we stopped at the Welcome Center on Route 95 as we entered South Carolina and got a hotel discount booklet with coupons and a map showing prices and where the hotels are located. We arrived at the hotel about 10am and were able to book our room for that night using a coupon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2005

Days Inn Mount Pleasant-Charleston-Patriots Point
261 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 881-1800

RB's Seafood Restaurant

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RB's Seafood Restaurant Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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For a great choice of restaurants in the Mount Pleasant area, follow West Coleman Blvd to Shem Creek. We noticed RB’s when we crossed the bridge, over the creek, where many restaurants are located along the waterfront. It had lots of atmosphere and it looked like a nice place to go to sit and relax, and it was. An upside down row boat with a set of oars, ferns and nautical light fixtures decorated the ceiling. Dining chairs were sleek, wooden, deck chairs with padded seats. We were seated next to the window, and it was so pleasant to watch the boats go up and down the river. The river is tidal and connects with Charleston Harbor. The restaurant offered lowcountry fare, including many delic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2005

RB's Seafood Restaurant
97 Church St
Charleston, South Carolina
843-881-0466

Middleton Place

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Attraction

Middleton Place Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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The grandeur of the plantation system can best be seen and understood at Middleton Place in Charleston, SC. Even today, there are thousands of acres still attached to that plantation but it is now in a trust and the public is able to enjoy it and somewhat understand what antebellum life was like in the south among the very wealthy. Several tours were available: a horse and wagon ride tour, a self-guided walking tour, a house tour, a stable yard tour, a garden tour, etc. We chose to walk the grounds, tour the house, and see the garden and stable yard. We had a Charleston Heritage Passport we had purchased the year before; it included the gardens and stable yard, so we had to purchase the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2005

Middleton Place
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 556-6020

Drayton Hall

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Drayton Hall Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Like a specter emerging out of the past, Drayton Hall still stands; it wasn’t destroyed by the Yankees during the Civil War or the devastating earthquake that occurred at about that time. Its grandeur remains only in the mansion itself - the gardens have slowly disappeared with time and the stables are no more, and only a few indications of their former existence are noticeable. The plantation is now owned and maintained by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We met our guide, Helen, in the gift shop and followed her to the mansion. She was carrying a large silver-plated serving spoon. When we got to the left staircase in front of the west façade, she stopped and told us about the man...Read More

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Drayton Hall
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 769-2600

Edmondston-Alston House

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Edmondston-Alston House Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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When we arrived at 21 East Battery, we were confronted with a lovely three-story Federal-Greek Revival city house that was in the process of being painted. A sign in front of the house informed us it was the Edmonston-Alston House. We walked up the driveway and looked around the piazza for an indication of what we should do to take the tour. A message on a little sign indicated we should use the sidewalk entrance. We then went to the front door and a very small sign said, "Walk right in." So we did. To our relief, two women greeted us and told us a tour had just started and we could join it instead of waiting for the next tour. Shirley, the tour guide, was explaining the room and some of it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2005

Edmondston-Alston House
21 East Battery Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 722-7171

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

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The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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We had to walk around double staircases that jutted out onto the sidewalk from a big building on East Bay Street on our way to the battery in Charleston, SC. On our way back we could hear someone playing early American music on a fife and as we came around the corner we could see the fifer, dressed in early American clothing, standing on the upper landing of the stairs. The building was open to the public for tours and he was calling attention to that fact. The name on the building was the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. The dungeon part of it caught our interest and we decided to investigate further. In the lobby was a gift shop, so we browsed for awhile and decided to tour the dungeon. It...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2005

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
122 E Bay Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 727-2165