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Originally called Charles Town, Charleston is situated near the middle of South Carolina's coast and is the state's second largest city. Charleston has been a royal colony, seen the Revolutionary and Civil Wars as well as  the development of a new dance craze "The Charleston" in 1925, and has become the permanent home of the Spoleto Festival USA, a "Festival of Two worlds." Today, visitors can embark on a journey through time by touring the numerous landmark homes, churches, public buildings, plantations and forst, many of which date as far back as 1720. Some highlights of the historic district include:


   1. The Colonel Robert Brewton House is the oldest existing residence in Charleston, featuring original heart pine floors and cypress wainscoting. The exterior is preserved exactly to its original 18th century form.

   2. Drayton Hall is one of the last examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in America, and the only Ashley River plantation to survive the Civil War. Featuring handcrafted details and its unique state of preservation, the Drayton Hall Plantation offers visitors a glimpse of a Southren way of life now vanished.

   3. Fort Sumter is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. A walking tour of the fort allows visitors to examine ther fort at their own pace, viewing both exhibits and ruins. Stroll through the barracks, view the Union Garrison Monument and tour the museum. Historic Streets

  4. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim is the oldest surviving Reform synagogue in the world and an example of the Greek Revival architecture that was so popular in Charleston in the 1840s. The The civil and religious freedom of South Carolina attracted the many Jews that organized the 4th Congreagation of the Jewish Faith in the country.

Many sightseeing and walking tours take visitors through the historic streets where they will see the faces of people from the past, hear stories of war and hurricanes and see places that no longer exist. Charleston is no ordinary place; visitors will experience a history lesson as well as that famous Southern hospitality!

Things To Do in South Carolina's Southeast Region

Folly Beach
Folly Beach - Folly Beach is a barrier island, six miles long and is also the closest beach to historic Charleston. Sea, sand, and surf offer endless opportunities for water activities including beach combing, swimming, surfing, fishing, and sun bathing. The island offers remnants of a maritime forest, the historic Morris Island Lighthouse, and endangered species of birds.
Folly Beach County Park - Offering over 2,500 feet of ocean frontage, the park provides life guards on duty, dressing areas, boardwalks, picnic areas, outdoor showers and restrooms. Chair and umbrella rentals and a snack bar area available seasonally.

Hilton Head
Coastal Discovery Museum- The Coastal Discovery Museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn about Hilton Head and other sea islands through hands-on exhibits, activities, and interpretive programs. Enjoy nature tours, history tours, a sea island BioDiversity presentation on local animals, and the Coastal Discovery Gardens including butterfly and perennial gardens.
Green's Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve- This earthen and oyster shell ground is a feature of late prehistory, and marks the fortified wall of an Indian village. A truly unique archaeological site, the preserve is the only place like it in South Carolina. A nature trail takes visitors throughout the preserve without damaging the property.

Dungannon Heritage Preserve- This 643-acre nature preserve protects one of the top nesting colonies of the federally endangered wood stork. the preserve also provides a nesting and feeding habitat for numerous other birds including ospreys, anhinga, and great blue herons. There are several excellent trails where visitors can walk through property and view the birds.
Ernest F. Hollings National Wildlife Refuge- This refuge is named for the three rivers that drain into the basin. It is home to many endangered and threatened species such as shortnose sturgeon, wood storks, loggerhead sea turtles, and southern bald eagles. Visitors can enjoy bird watching and wildlife viewing.

Mount Pleasant
Boone Hall Plantation- Established in 1681 by Major John Boone, one of South Carolina's first and original settlers, the Boone Hall Plantation began as a rice plantation. Eventually it was converted into a cotton plantation. Visitors will be guided on a tour of the first level of the house and the nine original slave cabins. One of the plantations most stunning features is the avenue of ancient oak trees leading to the house. Visitors can also enjoy a new butterfly garden. The plantation offers many special programs throughout the year.

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site- Remains of brick foundations are all that is left of Snee Farm, the country estate of a drafter and signer of the Constitution, Charles Pinckney. This National Park site features an unfurnished 1820's tidewater cottage that is not related to Snee Farm, but visitors can still visit. There are also interpretive exhibits, nature walks, and wildlife viewing.
Palmetto Island County Park- This nature-oriented park offer 943 acres of bicycle paths, boardwalks, and picnic sites with grills located throughout the park. Enjoy several playgrounds, fishing and crabbing docks, nature trails, open meadows for games, and an observation tower. The Splash Island Water Park charges an additional fee and offers a thrilling 200-foot slide, a 16-foot otter slide, sprays, waterfalls, geysers, and the Cyclone water ride.


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