6 Things to do in Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina seems like such a scenic place; a lovely reputation of southern charm and hospitality. Here are the top six things I’d like to see in this quaint city:

  1. Middleton Place: The oldest landscape garden sits on 65 acres filled with plants that bloom all year round. the house museum, built in 1755, displays furniture, books, and art from the Middleton family. One of the most amazing things about Middleton Place is that Arthur Middleton, one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence, was born here.
  2. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist: This gorgeous cathedral makes me want to sing Ave Maria from the giant bells dedicated in 2009. It is a gothic revival style church with beautiful stained glass and high arches. I’m one of those Catholic millennials that loves old school Catholic architecture.
  3. Fort Sumpter: Probably the most famous fort of the Civil War, because it started the bloodiest war in our country’s history. After the south could no longer tolerate northern interference in the business of the south because of their concern for human rights violations against God, the Confederacy opened fire on Fort Sumpter April 12, 1861. It took four years for the Union to retake the fort. After many lives lost, morality won out.
  4. Drayton Hall: This beautiful home is built in a Palladian Style from 1738. I don’t know anything about Palladian architecture, but a tour is available to visitors. The estate has intricately carved molding on staircases and giant trees on the gourds. A spectacular plantation.
  5. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: This is the oldest public garden in the United States opening 1870. It looks like a beautiful romantic place to spend a sunny afternoon. There are gardens to tour, a house museum, and a swamp garden, home to an assortment of wildlife.
  6. Charleston City Market: This Greek style market was established in 1807 to be a place of commerce for citizens. Today, it has local artists and crafters selling food and clothes manufactured right at home. Some products carry a Certified Authentic Handmade seal to show it is made in Charleston.

Aside from its well known hospitality, I’d love to see Charleston for its historical contributions to our country, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the Civil War, to modern charm. Charleston seems like a great place to have on my list of Dream City Trips. If you have any suggestions of things to do in Charleston, please write them in the comments below. Subscribe to my blog to see more Dream City Trips, and YouTube channel for vlogs when I make this cross-country trip. I hope you liked this post and would consider sharing it on social media and become a supporter of TheGenFem.

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