Category Archives: South Carolina

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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And the Horse You Rode in On

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There’s a grand entrance up some stone stairs, into Charleston’s city hall, and there’s a not-so-grand entrance under the stairway, into its basement. We were wondering which to use when a nice young man happened by, and said, “Welcome to … Continue reading

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The Grimke Sisters. And Zombies.

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The circa 1771 Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon is known for being haunted, but it’s not the dead who are the scariest inhabitants of the building. The Provost Dungeon part of the museum is peopled with the creepiest mannequins around.  … Continue reading

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Intro to Charleston

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“Do the Manigault House, across the street from our hotel,” I told my Charleston trip companion, Kathie. “And go to the Charleston Visitor Center, also across the street from the hotel, and get us a bus schedule.” The Joseph Manigault … Continue reading

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Bibles and Slaves

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A tall, thin man in Charleston pastels pounced on us as we approached St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.  “Do you want a tour?  It’s free.” George Washington had attended services at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston…

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Upcountry Miscellaneous

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In true History Tourist fashion, we hit a lot of places during our four days in Clemson. Most of them don’t make for full blog posts but are worth mentioning. South Carolina Botanical Gardens We both like gardens so we … Continue reading

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Fort Hill, Clemson

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In the middle of the Clemson University campus is Fort Hill, a large Greek revival house that once belonged to John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), a South Carolina Senator and Representative.  He was also Vice President to John Quincy Adams and … Continue reading

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