History of Charleston

As you begin planning your visit to Charleston, South Carolina, there's a lot you'll discover about this city that predates the Revolutionary War. For example, Charleston was named in honor of England's Charles II and sits at the confluence of Ashley and Cooper Rivers.

It seems like no matter what period in history, Charleston has always been at the center of it all, from Fort Sumter, where fighting began in the Civil War to having the distinction of constructing the first theatre building in America. We've even had our share of pirates! Other things for which Charleston's history is known include religious tolerance, the mystique of southern charm and unrivalled architecture and beauty. Whether it's the destruction of war, the relentlessness of hurricanes or the demands of social change, Charleston has always had the fortitude to come back stronger than before with its gentility and charm perfectly intact.


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