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A Nostalgic Look--Charleston Revisited

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A July 2000 trip to Charleston by Free Spirit

Folly Beach Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: My history with the city of Charleston spans 56 years: 22 growing up there and 34 revisiting. This summer I made the trek to spend time with memories, to breathe deeply the ocean air, and to see what new marvels Charleston was offering the tourists and citizens.

A Nostalgic Look--Charleston Revisited

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Charleston Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Stately mansions; gorgeous flowers; rivers and marshlands; southern skies and beautiful beaches! Quick Tips: Charleston today is a maze of bypasses and expressways that did not exist until recently. It is now the city of CONNECTORS. I use them for convenience. I even think some of them have charm (i.e. the connector to the Isle of Palms), but I often prefer the old, familliar roads like Hwy 17 North and South. Get a good map if you are new to the area. (If you are travelling on I-95, stop at the South Carolina Welcome Center and pick up some excellent brochures that will give an amazing wealth of information about all aspects of visiting the Charleston area and even some valuable coupon...Read More

Folly Beach

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Folly Beach Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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When I was growing up, my friend's grandparents owned a beach house on front beach at Folly. During those days, the old pavillion which is no longer there attracted really great rock and roll stars. I can remember vividly the night Fats Domino was there, the shag, and 'beach' music. Elvis didn't go to Folly Pier, but did appear in Charleston during his 'Hound Dog' days. Folly also has boasted some great seafood restaurants through the years, but it had been years since I had been there. It seems that I had started to favor the Isle of Palms, which is another beach that recalls good times. Charleston's beaches were always more laid back and private feeling than Myrtle Beach to the north with ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2000

Folly Beach
State Hwy 174
Charleston, South Carolina

The Battery

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The Battery Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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If you haven't seen the Battery, you have not seen Charleston. Beginning at one end of the Battery by the Coast Guard Station (which one can enter with a military ID), one drives, walks, bikes, jogs, or carriage rides along Charleston harbor. The Battery is a place to see lots of tourists, but the traffic is very manageable. It is a place where one can go to breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the beautiful flowers such as oleander and wisteria that line the way, delight in the variety of vessels (sailing ships, yachts, tour boats, tugs, barges) that are using the harbor for work or for pleasure, and view or tour some of the most impressive mansions found in the United States. The parks that are in the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2000

The Battery
East Battery Street and Murray Boulevard
Charleston, South Carolina

Along Hwy 17--Taking the "Old" Road

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Highway 17 Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Stretches of Hwy 17 have been widened in recent years. Sections are beautiful with overhanging oaks, Spanish moss, winding rivers, and vast marshlands washed in brilliant sunlight. Hwy 17 gives you the flavor of the Lowcountry. Approaching Charleston on 17N, shortly after the All America City sign, there's a marked road on the left that leads to Charleston's world famous gardens, which by themselves take days of touring. Continuing on Hwy 17, however, you are soon faced with another choice of which road to travel: 17N or Bypass 526, which runs around the Charleston area with exits throughout the area to include the Isle of Palms at the end of the loop. The bypass is part of Charleston's amazing...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2000

Citadel Archives & Museum

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Attraction | "The Citadel and Hampton Park"

Citadel Archives & Museum Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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I would recommend spending time visiting two schools in Charleston (the Citadel and the College of Charleston)which are historic, interesting, and beautiful in their very different styles of architecture. The Citadel is the Military College of S.C., known fondly as 'the West Point of the South.' Citadel cadets fired on the Star of the West in 1861 when it was trying to supply Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor. In 1864 there were 296 men who attended, and today there are approximately 1,900 cadets. Women were admitted in 1996. The 'old' Citadel was located on Marion Square. A lovely Embassy Suites is located inside the old building and provides excellent accommodations. Whether you're staying there or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2000

Citadel Archives & Museum
171 Moultrie St
Charleston, South Carolina 29409
+1 843 953 6846

College of Charleston

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College of Charleston Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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The College of Charleston was founded in 1770. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in S.C. and is the 13th oldest in the U.S. It was the first municipal college. Charlestonians speak with pride of this beautiful old school with its gorgeous architecture and reputation for excellence in educating its students. The college has experienced tremendous growth and the number of buildings and students has risen steadily. Those who are old enough to remember love to compare the size of the school from its beginnings to the present day. While the entire campus is interesting, it is the original area around the cistern, the columned building behind it, and the small library that should be viewed. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2000

College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, South Carolina

Broad Street

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Broad Street Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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There is one street in Charleston that is representative of the entire old city. Speak of living 'below Broad,' and native Charlestonians immediately know what that means. South of Broad one finds the Battery, huge homes with plaques on the buildings and wrought iron fences with gardens and carriage houses inside. Below Broad there are parks on the harbor and homes of families who trace their histories back to the beginning of South Carolina's history as a colony. That is not to say that all of Charleston's society and money are confined to the area, but it will be obvious that Broad Street and its environs are special. As a focal point, Broad connects with Charleston's most important streets for r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2000

Broad Street

Charleston, South Carolina