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Food Glorious Food

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Our food adventures were hit-and-miss in Charleston. Neither of us are “foodies” but, mostly because we both have major health issues, we’re very finicky as far as the ingredients are concerned. We were mostly interested in locally sourced and/or seafood … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Russell House

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Nathaniel Russell was a Rhode Island merchant who moved to Charleston and made it big in the shipping industry. He married Sarah Hopton, from one of Charleston’s richest families, and build himself an over-the-top house. What’s now the Nathaniel Russell … Continue reading

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Take Me to Church

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Charleston is nicknamed “the Holy City” because (says the most popular version of the story) of its religious tolerance and its inordinate number of churches.  Many of the churches are historic and attached to historic churches are historic cemeteries — … Continue reading

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The Charleston Museum

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Charleston has an endless supply stunningly beautiful and historic hotels and inns.  Kathie and I didn’t stay at any of them. We stayed at the imminently practical and inexpensive (for downtown Charleston) Hampton Inn.  But if you want to sleep … Continue reading

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Aiken-Rhett House

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I have a thing for ruin porn – photographs of abandoned, decaying structures.  It makes no sense that I find ruins beautiful, since it breaks my heart when a building is unloved and ignored. But muted, peeling paint and worn … Continue reading

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The Old Slave Mart

The transatlantic slave trade was abolished by Congress in 1808 but that didn’t mean that (1) it still didn’t go on illegally and (2) the domestic slave trade wasn’t active and profitable.  In 1860, there were about 4 million enslaved … Continue reading

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Catfish Row

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Charleston went into a decline after the earthquake of 1886 and remained depressed into the mid-20th century.  There was a bakery on the first floor of what’s now the Heyward Washington House Museum and the buildings around it became tenements … Continue reading

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