Historical Charleston Peninsula
Charleston, SC is one of the oldest inhabited communities in the United States. It goes without saying that a city founded around 1670 would hold a lot of history. The story of settlement in Charleston is a long, extraordinary journey through America’s past. It would be impossible to summarize Charleston’s complicated history in words. To truly experience, to feel, the history of this unique town – you must walk its streets. Stepping over the same cobblestoned roads that our country’s oldest forefathers walked on is a feeling unlike any else. For that reason – and many more – we strongly suggest a visit to historical downtown Charleston. Be sure to check out these landmark locations for a proper flashback through time.
While technically a fortified seawall on the peninsula, The Battery is much more than that to the city of Charleston. It’s also the walls to a beautiful park, and some of the oldest, most beautiful homes in the area. Battery Park offers views of nearby Southern-style mansions, palmetto trees, historic statues, and plenty of areas to just relax. It’s not hard to envision the battles of Charleston’s past as you stroll along the waterfront and gaze at the cannons that overlook Fort Sumter.
The French Quarter
The French Quarter is within the original “walled” city of Charleston, and is home to some of the oldest buildings in the state. Make sure you check out the Pink House at 17 Chalmers St. Now a historic art gallery and museum, the Pink House was originally built in 1712. The Bermuda stone that it was constructed with gives it the unique, pinkish tone that persists today.
The Dock Street Theatre in the French Quarter is often considered the first site of theatrical production in America. It was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1973, and still features theater productions year-round.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Charleston is known as The Holy City for its various churches, and distinct religious background. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is one of the most prominent landmarks representing this moniker. The brownstone building strikes a strong figure, as the spire of the church juts 200 feet into the blue skies of Charleston. The interior of the cathedral is equally beautiful, donning stained glass windows and a pew area that seats 720 people. The neo-gothic architecture of the cathedral is a stark contrast to the mostly Georgian-style architecture that dominates historical Charleston.