I had never been to Charleston, South Carolina before, but Steve used to live near here and assured me I would love the streets of historic Charleston. I of course am always ready for a trip and off we were! We had Christmas with our kids on December 21 of 2019. We then flew to Charleston on the 22nd and returned home very early on the 25th. Unfortunately, the first two days it rained a lot. We still found many things to do and walking around the old town was fun. Although our feet became soaked and we needed umbrellas!! Finally on the third day, the sun came out!
Historic Charleston City Market
Established around 1790 and is four blocks long, The Charleston City Market is a fun to visit. This central market starts at The Market Hall, on Meeting Street and continues with four brick open-air sheds, each a block long, ending on East Bay Street. Market Hall is currently being used as a Confederate Museum. While the Sheds are used by vendors selling all types of wares. We did not check out the museum, but we did enjoy wandering through the market and checking out all of the vendors.
Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
This historic building is a major part of Charlestons’ history. Finished in 1771, this building has been used for many things, as a commercial exchange house, post office and city hall and custom house. Most interesting, during the Revolutionary War the basement was a prison and dungeon. Currently it a museum. We had a great tour here which we wouldn’t have done had it not been raining but are very glad we did. Therefore, sometimes a rainy day is a good thing!! My post next week will be about this building and our tour here.
We walked past Rainbow Road many time, rain and shine. Rainbow Row, a well known landmark on East Bay Street is in Historic Charleston near the bay. This area is name for the 13 Georgian style colorful houses.
The Battery Park
The Battery in Charleston is at the end of East Bay Street. So if you are walking east past Rainbow Row continue to walk a few more blocks, you will find the park. First you will come across a seawall and promenade area, which is a nice stroll with a view, then you will see the park across the street. On the other side of the promenade is the bay. If you look out on the bay, you will see Fort Sumter. The park is a nice green space to walk through, with commemorative statues and canons. At one time there was a Bastion near here.
The Pink House
You will find The Pink House on Chalmers Street in the French Quarter of historic Charleston. Built sometime between 1694 and 1712 this house is considered one of Charleston’s second oldest home. The oldest home is given credit to the William Rhett House, which unfortunately we did not go to on this visit.
Houses and Cobblestone Streets Along the Way
I loved the various houses we saw as we wandered through the historic streets of Charleston. In addition, many streets are made of cobblestone which adds to the charm.
I am pretty sure, no matter which way you look, you are going to see a church while walking around. There are a lot of them and each one beautiful in its own way.
Interesting Buildings We Passed
There are so many awesome buildings in historic Charleston. I took a lot of photos. Following are a few of my favorites.
The Charleston Harbour at Waterfront Park was just a couple of blocks from where we were staying so we wandered down there a couple of times, rain and shine. There are a couple of fountains there and a nice walk way.
Historic Streets of Charleston at Night
Charleston was just as amazing at night. We enjoyed the lit up streets and enjoyed seeing them after dark as well.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at The Vendue, which was in walking distance to everywhere we went while in historic Charleston. You will find The Vendue in a historic area on a street called Vendue Range. Originally built as a French warehouse in the 1780’s, this art hotel has a lot of character. We enjoyed our stay here. Included with our room was morning breakfast, 4:00 PM wine and cheese and 9:00 PM warm chocolate cookies and milk! A rooftop bar is at The Vendue. Unfortunately, it had to close because of the rain. The Vendue also has an on site restaurant that we heard was good but did not eat there on this trip. The staff was wonderful with lots of good information. Click on this link to book a room at The Vendue