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Kiawah Island Attractions - Historic Places

Historic Houses:

  • Aiken-Rhett House - a home built in Charleston in 1820. It was originally built for John Robinson, a Charleston merchant. The home was later purchased by William Aiken, Sr.., the railroad company owner, & later became the home of William Aiken, Jr., a governor of South Carolina upon his father's death.  The Aiken-Rhett House is ran as an historic house museum.
    48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 723-1159

  • Edmondston-Alston House - an historic house museum along the Battery of the Charleston Harbor built in 1825.  On April 12, 1861, General P. T. Beauregard watched the bombing of Fort Sumter which signaled the beginning of the Civil War.
    21 E Battery, Charleston, SC 29401,
    (843) 556-6020

  • Heyward-Washington House - this house was built by rice planter Daniel Heyward for his son Thomas Heyward in 1772. It was rented to George Washington in May 1791 during the president's week long stay in Charleston.... hence the adoption of the name 'Heyward-Washington' house. Thomas Heyward was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Heyward-Washington House was purchased by Charleston in 1929 & opened the next year as Charleston's first historic house museum. The surrounding neighborhood was the setting for Dubose Heyward's Porgy. 
    87 Church St, Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 722-0354

  • Joseph Manigault House - an excellent example of Adam-style or Federal architecture, the house was designed by architect Gabriel Manigault for his brother Joseph. The Manigault's were French Huguenots who escaped persecution in Europe by coming to America. Joseph & Gabriel both owned plantations. The Joseph Manigault House is a National Historic Landmark, & is a house museum operated by the Charleston Museum located in downtown Charleston:
    350 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 723-2926

  • Nathaniel Russell House - on the National Historic Landmark list, this house is one of America's most important neo-classicle houses. It was built by Natianiel Russell, a Charleston merchant. Located near the High Battery in downtown Charleston's historic district, the house museum is furnished with period furniture & artwork to suggest the elite lifestyle of the city merchant.
    51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 724-8481

  • Rainbow Row - one of the most photographed parts of Charleston. Rainbow Row is a series of colorful historic houses located on East Bay Street, north of Tradd St. & south of Elliot St. Originally built to serve the wharfs & docks of Charleston's port, these homes are now private residences. The area is named Rainbow Row due to the Colonial Caribbean color scheme.

Historic Buildings:

  • Dock Street Theatre - built in 1736 on the corner of Church St. & Queen St. (originally Dock St.), this was the first building built in America for the express purpose of theatrical performances. The theater produces over 120 plays each year & performs to more than 40,000 people annually.
    Corner of Church St. & Queen St.

  • Morris Island Lighthouse - located about 300 yards offshore from the northeast end of Folly Beach. The Morris Island Lighthouse, the second lighthouse built on Morris Island, was completed in 1876. It once sat on a considerable island, but due to severe erosion caused by changing tidal currents from the jetties built in the Charleston Harbor in 1889, the island is now completed covered by water. The lighthouse can be viewed by taking East Ashley Street on Folly Beach until it ends. You can park along the side of the road & walk about 1/4 mile to the beach.


  • Old City Market - a historic market center located in downtown Charleston which stretches for four city blocks at 188 Meeting St. It was established in the 1790s as a location for area farms & plantations to sell their produce & beef, & also a place where the locals met to socialize.  Today the City Market sells all manner of souvenirs & other items from Gullah sweetgrass baskets to jewelry. The building atop the sheds on Meeting Street houses the Confederate Museum, operated by the Charleston Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy & contains a collection of Civil War relics.

  • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon - a National Historic Landmark, the Exchange & Provost Dungeon is one of three most significant colonial buildings in the US. It served as a prison in the American Revolution, the building functioned as City Hall beginning in 1873, & has also served as a customhouse, mercantile exchange, slavery sales on the north side of the building, military barracks, & a brothel. The State Legislature met in this building in 1790 to ratify the new State Constitution. Although badly damaged by both the Civil War & the 1886 earthquake, the building was repaired after each occurrence.
    122 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 727-2165

  • Old Slave Mart Museum - focuses on the history of slave trading & slave sales that occurred in slave auction gallery from 1856 to 1863. It was ran as a private museum from 1938 to 1987 & was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Understanding the historic significance that the institution of slavery has had on the history of Charleston, the property was acquired in 1988 by the City of Charleston & has continued to be operated as a museum to recount the slave-trade history of this city.
    6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 958-6467

  • Churches in Charleston of historical note include:

    Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 122 Broad Street
    Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul, 126 Coming Street
    Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street
    Congregation Beth Elohim, 90 Hasell Street
    First Baptist Church, 61 Church Street
    First Scots Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street
    French Protestant (Huguenot) Church, 136 Church Street
    Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth Street
    Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, 110 Calhoun Street
    Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 5 Glebe Street
    The Old Bethel Methodist Church, 222 Calhoun Street
    St. John's Lutheran Church, 5 Clifford Street
    St. Mary's Catholic Church, 89 Hasell Street
    St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 14 St. Michael's Alley
    St. Philips Episcopal Church, 142 Church Street
    The Second Presbyterial Church, 342 Meeting Street
    Unitarian Church in Charleston, 8 Archdale Street


   
 















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