Amid the beaches, marshes and swaying palmetto trees, the live oaks draped in Spanish moss, the sweet tea and Frogmore stew, the history and culture, Charleston is really a city of buildings. The city boasts some of the oldest and loveliest edifices in North America.
Here’s the first part of our tour of Lowcountry gems with more to come in future installments:
This iconic row of 14 brightly colored and privately owned houses along East Bay Street says “Charleston” more than any other site. Dating back to the 1700s, the colors of the houses are governed by the Board of Architectural Review, which enforces strict standards on historic buildings.
North America’s longest cable-stay span across the Cooper River has been the pride of the Lowcountry since its opening 10 years ago. Connecting Mt. Pleasant with the Charleston peninsula, the dedicated pedestrian-bike lanes offer thousands of exercise enthusiasts sweeping views of the river out to the harbor.
Edmondston Alston House
A Federal style mansion built on the East Battery in 1825 and preserved back to that time. It commands an impressive view of the harbor and served as the staging house for Confederate General Pierre Toussaint Beauregard during the shelling of Fort Sumter. Many of the original books, furniture and belongings remain on display in the house.
Morris Island Lighthouse
Dating in one form or another back to 1767, the lighthouse on Morris Island has guided seafarers to Charleston’s southern shores. Though it no longer lights the way, it towers 150 feet above the harbor and has been preserved for visitors.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
The oldest church building and probably the most recognized church steeple in the Holy City. Originally constructed in the 1680s, today’s structure is little changed since it was rebuilt in 1761. Its steeple rises 186 feet above Broad Street where it comprises one-quarter of Charleston’s Four Corners of Law.
Learn about these and many more aboard an Adventure Sightseeing Bus Tour.