Life in Charleston
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|The Market Place
Known to most as the hub of the city, the Market Place is situated downtown and marked by brick streets. With its low brick buildings filled with stalls it is perfect for selling everything from southern crafts to food items. It was given to the city of Charleston by a prominent southern family, the Pinckney’s, to serve as a community market area. Sure to please everyone it is an eclectic mix of old and contemporary. Surrounding the Market Place are many of the great restaurants for which Charleston is famous. Here you will find everything from the informal tourist stops such as Bubba Gump Shrimp, Co. to the savory experience of Charleston Place Grill. Whatever you want you will surely find it at the Market Place.
Approaching Charleston from the sea or Intracoastal Waterway you’ll see Fort Sumter. Construction of the fort on this man made island began in 1829 and was not yet completed by December, 1860 when troops were moved there from Fort Moultrie. On April 12, 1861 the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Union troops in the fort. Upon Rebel occupation, Fort Sumter became a symbol of Southern resistance. However, after Union forces reclaimed the fort it became a powerful symbol for both the North and South in the issue of states rights over federal authority. Open Daily (except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) You may access the Fort Sumter dock with your private boat or ride the park concession operated ferry system.The Battery
The Battery – also known as White Point Gardens is the site of the earliest settlement of Charleston. It is built on a shell bank on the southern tip of the peninsula overlooking the waterfront. Named for the cannons built by the original settlers to defend against sea attack, today it is the site of many of the most beautiful homes and parks in Charleston. Now protected by a sea wall it is home of palmettos and live oaks overlooking relics of ages past. Travel back in time to the era of southern plantations with a visit to the BatteryMiddleton Place Plantation
Visit this National Landmark with America’s oldest landscaped gardens and ancient live oaks. This 18th century estate was home to 4 generations of distinguished Middleton’s. The first being Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress; Arthur, an signer of the Declaration of Independence; Henry, Governor of South Carolina; and Williams, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession.
Located at 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, you’ll see a blacksmith, carpenter, copper, potter and weaver demonstrating their crafts. Tours are available.
Boone Hall Plantation
|The Jim Mills Team and Your Path Home wish to welcome you to Charleston, SC. Boasting a comfortable climate and a variety of resources, Charleston is a city of rich, historical Southern tradition and visited by nearly 4 million tourists a year. More information on tourism and things to do while visiting Charleston can be found by visiting the Tourism page.With a diverse economic mix (and one of the largest ports in the South Atlantic), the Charleston area continues to grow bigger and bigger every year. The area also boasts a multi-billion visitor industry, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and some of the nation’s premire colleges and universities.The metropolitan area is comprised of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties, and stretches some 50 miles (80km) inland, with 90 miles (145km) of oceanfront. You can read more about the surrounding area communities by visiting the Community page.If you are thinking about moving to this area, you should visit the Relocation Information page and fill out the form. A member of The Jim Mills Team will contact you with the information you’re looking for. We hope that you will find Charleston a suitable match for your new home. If you are looking for a new home in this area, don’t forget to visit the Search For Homes or the Visual Tours pages to find Your Path Home!