Facts about Charleston,
1.) Charleston boasts the first public college, museum and
playhouse in the United States.
2.) George Gershwin composed his well known opera Porgy and
Bess while living on Folly Beach, South Carolina. Porgy and
Bess are buried in the James Island Presbyterian Church graveyard.
3.) The first game of golf played in the United States took
place in Charleston, South Carolina.
4.) North America's longest cable-stayed bridge spans the
Charleston Harbor. The Arthur J. Ravenel Jr.
Bridge connects historic Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South
5.) The first shot to be fired in
the Civil War was fired by
Citadel Cadets stationed on Morris Island
6.) Charleston largest Private Sector Employees
Seven Wonders of
the Lowcountry - Scenic beauty and historic structures
chosen by readers of the Post and Courier
Johns Island -
Angel Oak: "This beloved old tree rivals any ancient tree
anywhere in the world. She has survived Hugo and many storms
before that, as well as the earthquake of 1886. He branches skim
the ground to welcome the generations of Lowcountry residents who
have admired her beauty." Maribeth Minschwaner.
Charleston lies on a fault line known as the Woodstock fault,
which geologists have determined was caused by a subterranean lava
"bloom" that cracked tectonic plates millions of years ago. The
adjusting layers caused a severe earthquake in Charleston on
August 31, 1886, destroying hundreds of homes throughout the city
and damaging many more. Because of the shaking effect that the
earthquake shocks had in knocking down walls in many homes,
thereafter a number of houses in the city were adorned with metal
rods passing through joists and connected by bolts on outer walls.
These earthquake bolts can be seen in the form of stars, crosses
or round plates on many older homes around Charleston.
- The Battery: "The most visited and amazing part of the
lowcountry is The Battery. Each week thousands of people
stroll, meander, jog and watch the seagulls, sailboats and the
sunsets. Horse-drawn carriages and tour buses jockey for
space to gawk at the magnificent views" Dee Pridgen
Charleston - Mount
Pleasant: "The largest cable-stayed bridge in the Western
Hemisphere delivered under cost more timely than expected. The
view is magnificent. The pedestrian walkway is so great."
Berkeley County -
Gardens: "A living swamp that is open to the public"
Charleston County -
Fort Sumter: "This fort, which required over 30 years to reach
approximately 90 percent completion, must rank as the most lengthy
construction process in the history of South Carolina. It
took eleven years to ship enough loads of granite to raise a
foundation to nine feet above sea level. In addition, Fort
Sumter earned an enduring place in our country's history as the
place where the Civil War began." Russell Horres Jr.
Banks of the Cooper
River - Mepkin Abbey: Walkers and bikers regularly enjoy the
entrance avenue of oaks...Mepkin Abbey is more than a place of
beauty and serenity and prayer; it is holy ground where heaven and
earth meet. Laura Ellen Truelove
Plantations: Middleton Place and Magnolia Gardens - because of
their immense beauty and incredible capacity to relax the spirit
and help unwind the stress. A canoe or paddle boat ride is
like traveling back into time. I confess to wondering just
what it must have been like in bygone days when travel back and
forth was by the waterways and how it must have been even more
beautiful then" Chaplain Bill Herrmann
Mount Pleasant and
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