Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Heyward-Washington House

As the name hints, this 1772 Georgian-style town house is kind of a big deal because George Washington rented it for a week, and visitors can stand in what was likely his bedroom. The owner, Thomas Heyward, Jr, was …
Top Choice Historic Building in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Aiken-Rhett House

The only surviving urban town-house complex, this 1820 abode gives a fascinating glimpse into antebellum life on a 45-minute self-guided audio tour. The role of slaves is emphasized and visitors wander into their do…
Top Choice Historic Site in Charleston

Fort Sumter National Monument

The first shots of the Civil War rang out at Fort Sumter, on a pentagon-shaped island in the harbor. A Confederate stronghold, this fort was shelled to bits by Union forces from 1863 to 1865. A few original guns and…
Top Choice Museum in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Old Slave Mart Museum

Formerly called Ryan's Mart, this building once housed an open-air market that auctioned African American men, women and children in the mid-1800s, the largest of 40 or so similar auction houses. South Carolina's sh…
Historic Building in Charleston

Drayton Hall

This 1738 Palladian brick mansion is the country's oldest preserved plantation house open to the public. Yep, it's older than the nation. Drayton Hall was the only structure of its kind on the Ashley River to surviv…
Historic Building in Charleston

Middleton Place

Designed in 1741, this plantation's vast gardens are the oldest in the US. Countless slaves spent years terracing the land and digging the precise geometric canals for the owner, wealthy South Carolina politician He…
Museum in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Calhoun Mansion

If you've ever wondered what the wealthiest, fanciest, most well-traveled hoarder's house might look like, visit the Calhoun Mansion. With 35 rooms and 24,000 sq ft, this Gilded Age Italianate manor is Charleston's …
Historic Building in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Nathaniel Russell House

A spectacular, self-supporting spiral staircase is the highlight at this 1808 Federal-style house, built by a Rhode Islander, known in Charleston as 'King of the Yankees.' A meticulous ongoing restoration honors the…
Public Art in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Joggling Board

In the yard of the Nathaniel Russell House sits a fine specimen of a super-Charlestonian porch furnishing – the joggling board. It consists of a 16ft plank set on rockers, and was apparently used in the early 1800s …
Historic Building in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Edmondston-Alston House

Charles Edmondston built this federal-style home in 1825 for a mere $25,000, and fell on hard times in 1837, forcing him to sell it to Charles Alston for $15,500. The Alston family upgraded the home in Greek Revival…