Historic Charleston
Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.

Lowcountry History Hall

In the L​owcountry History Hall,​ see materials relating to the Native Americans who first inhabited the South Carolina Lowcountry as well as the European settlers and enslaved laborers, primarily African Americans, who transformed the region into an agricultural empire.

Charleston, the county seat of Charleston County, is South Carolina's second largest metropolitan area. It lies primarily between the Ashley and Cooper rivers. The harbor of Charleston has given the city a major role in the naval history of the United States, and particularly the Civil War.

When Charles II was restored to the throne of England, he was unable to reward everyone to whom he was indebted with cash. In 1663, he provided eight former generals, who became known as the Lords Proprietors, the title to Carolina. The Fundamental Constitution of Carolina, written in 1669 by the philosopher John Locke and modeled after his "A Letter Concerning Toleration," provided the basis for Carolina's early government. 

In 1670, settlers arrived at the Ashley River and established a settlement on its west bank, which they named Charles Town in honor of Charles II. The following year, to provide for better defense, they transferred themselves across the river and rebuilt at the tip of the peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper rivers


Charleston Trident listings last updated Nov 27, 2020 4:20:pm.