Etiquette

Charlestonians are incredibly genteel people, and they expect visitors to be on their best behavior as well.

  • Greetings Don't be surprised or take offense if locals are inquisitive about your last name or probe your political leanings. They live in a small place where everybody knows each other, and these are common ways to become acquainted.
  • Open container law One thing locals get angry about (particularly in the South of Broad neighborhood) is people carrying on after dark. Be aware that it's illegal to drink alcohol in the street and rude to make too much noise.
  • Sensitivity about race Charleston was a center of the slave trade and places connected with that history should be treated with respect. For instance, when touring the Old Slave Mart Museum, it is not funny or OK to ask where you can get yourself a slave. (People have actually done this.)