Charleston Insider's Guide > Attractions & Tours > Charleston Historic Sites
With centuries of history bursting from alleys and street corners, Charleston's historical sites are too numerous to list completely. Everywhere you turn in the downtown section of Charleston there is another story to be heard or another building to be explored. Some of the city's most notable sites are those which played a role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. One of the first battles of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter and visitors can explore the remains of the fort, gaining a perspective on the primitive weapons that were used in battle.
Buildings such as the Charleston County Courthouse and City Hall have seen some of America's most prominent figures and display original paintings of men such as George Washington, General Robert E. Lee, and General Beauregard. The Old Exchange Building gives visitors an opportunity to witness conditions that prisoners endured in the Provost Dungeon. Several companies offer guided tours of Charleston's historic places. Even if you are not on a personal-guided narrated tour, historic Charleston can be appreciated by simply walking through any number of its historic districts.
Old Exchange Building
Old Powder Magazine
Fort Moultrie is located on Sullivan's Island, and is a division of Fort Sumter National Monument. The original Fort played a role in the Revolutionary War and by 1791 most of it had been destroyed. In 1798 a new Fort Moultrie was completed along with twenty new forts on the Atlantic coast. Fort Moultrie was destroyed by a hurricane in 1804 and was reconstructed again in 1809. After enduring several occasions of battle over the course of 100 years, the Fort suffered major damages and has been restored to reflect years of evolutionary change to the fort.
Battery Park, or the Battery, is a landmark public park on Charleston's waterfront of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. The park was established in 1837 and was used to hold artillery during the Civil War. White Point Gardens, with its large oak trees and memorials, is a significant feature of The Battery.
Charles Pickney National Historic Site
Charles Pickney was one of the principle framers of the Constitution, served as Governor of South Carolina, and was a member of the US Senate and House of Representatives. Snee Farm is Pickney's estate and is one of few remaining homes that can be directly connected to a person who signed the Constitution.
The Charleston County Courthouse
The Charleston County Courthouse, City Hall, the Federal Building, and US Post Office intersect at Meeting and Broad Streets, making up what is known as the “four corners of law.” The courthouse was once a site for trials of many war crimes including that of slave insurrection charges on members of the 54th Mass.
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