Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina, with a population of around 135,000. Founded way back in 16770 and named after King Charles II of England, the city boasts a rich history and attracts many visitors all year long. Renowned for its beautiful architecture, cobblestone streets, friendly atmosphere, Charleston is a lovely place to visit, boasting plenty of great activities and reasons to get outdoors and take in the South Carolina air. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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More Ideas: City Market in Charleston
The Historic City Market in Charleston is the most visited attraction in the city. There is a Day Market and Night Market Offered seasonally showcasing local artists and craftspeople, shops, collectibles, and galleries. The land where the City Market rests was established as a public market for perpetuity in 1788 by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney when he ceded his land to the City of Charleston.
Structures were built from Market Hall to the waterfront from 1804 to 1830 that housed edible goods and market vendors who paid daily rent for their booths to the city.
After a fire destroyed the Masonic Hall in 1838, a new Market Hall was developed by Edward Brickwell White. This new design was inspired by the Temple of the Wingless Victory in Athens and was used for administrative and social purposes with the vendors housed underneath. The Charleston City Market is one of the oldest in the Country and is a part of the American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute. The Market was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and became the city’s number one attraction in 1986 and has held that spot since.
In 2010 $5.5 Million was invested into renovating the City Market with modern amenities such as air conditioning being added to the Great Hall and 20 merchants being added. The new City Market was open to the public on June 27, 2011. There are more than 300 businesses and shops in the City Market which is spread out over three open air sheds and the Great Hall. The City Market is open from 9:30am to 6pm daily, but features a Night market from 6:30pm to 1030pm outdoors on Fridays and Saturdays from April through December. Other seasonal hours are listed online.
The Day Market operates under open air structures referred to as sheds and the Great Hall. The Day Market is the most visited public attraction in Charleston and has held the title for decades. There are shopping options for everyone with over 300 small business owners setting up booths daily for visitors to shop from. If visitors see a green “certified authentic” label, this means that the vendor sells a product that is 100% produced in Charleston.
Sweetgrass Baskets- Sweetgrass Baskets are a Charleston tradition and a highly sought-after souvenir. These baskets are one of the oldest handicrafts of African origin in America and more than 50 Gullah artisans take part in the City Market. This basket weaving tradition has been alive in Charleston for over 300 years.
The Great Hall- At the intersection of Meeting and Market Street is the Great Hall. The Hall is a one-story structure that sits above the rusticated arcade that visitors use to access the Market. The building was renovated in 2011 that transformed the Hall into 18,300 square feet of brand new boutique shops with a natural skylight and Historic Charleston Foundation as its anchor. The Great Hall has been a recipient of the Phoenix Award for travel industry journalism, the Carolopolis Award and the Whitelaw Award. Some of the shops featured in the Great Hall include art galleries, hand crafted jewelry, cafes, shoe shops, home stores, furniture, hat shops, and more.
The Night Market is open on Friday and Saturday Nights from April through December and features local Charleston artisans. Over 100 vendors set up their booths for this nighttime market that feature live music, food and handmade, local items such as soaps, candles, essential oils, clothing, headbands, art, pottery, carvings, dolls, glass art, home décor, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, photography, stoneware, and sweetgrass baskets.
Eating at The City Market
There are many options for food at the City Market. There are several vendors that sell handmade, local edibles, but there are also a few established cafes, and restaurants for visitors to choose from as well.
Caviar and Bananas- This upscale deli in the Great Hall features gourmet foods that are prepared in a laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy an expresso or a glass of wine at this boutique eatery that is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. There are tables for dining in after ordering and grabbing your meal at the counter.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit- Open for Breakfast and Lunch, Callie’s is found in the Great Hall and is perfect for a grab and go quick bite to eat. They are known for their biscuits and pimento cheese sandwiches. These bite size sandwiches can be taken to the outdoor seating areas in the market to be enjoyed.
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More Ideas: Fort Sumter
Located in historic Charleston, Fort Sumter is a fort located on the sea. Fort Sumter is known as being the location where two significant battles occurred during the Civil War. The main attraction at Fort Sumter is the fort itself. Visitors are also encouraged to explore another nearby fort called Fort Moultrie. In addition to explore the different forts, visitors can tour the Visitor Center and Museum, which depict the history of the forts, the Civil War, and the general Charleston area.
Shortly after the War of 1812, Fort Sumter was built. Its name comes from General Thomas Sumter, who was a hero in the Revolutionary War. One of the main reasons why Fort Sumter was built was to make sure the southern coast’s harbors were protected. In 1829, the Fort’s construction officially broke ground. Although construction began early on, Fort Sumter was not complete until 1861. 1861 also happened to be the same year that the Civil War started.
The first shots fired of the Civil War occurred at Fort Sumter between Confederate and Federal forces. On April 12, 1861, at 4:30 in the morning, Confederate troops fired against Federal forces. In addition to these first shots, Fort Sumter was one of the main focal points of South Carolina, as was the entire town of Charleston.
In addition to the Fort itself, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square also has a historic history related to the tragedies of the Civil War and that time period. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square is where the historic Gadsden’s Wharf was located. Gadsden’s Wharf was a popular location for slave transportation. A lot of enslaved Africans entered the United States from Gadsden’s Wharf.
Since exploring Fort Sumter is already an educational opportunity, the formal educational opportunities at Fort Sumter are limited. Visitors are welcome to participate in one of the specialized guided tour activities, such as the boat tour program. Educators and students also have the opportunity to participate in one of the specialized guided tour activities through the field trip program.
Other than guided tours, Fort Sumter offers an array of interactive activities for people of all ages. Majority of the smaller interactive activities are offered for younger children. Children have the opportunity of becoming a Junior Ranger by using an activity book as a guide for a scavenger hunt.
Also, educators can use any of Fort Sumter’s online resources, such as lesson plans, to teach students about the Civil War and get them prepared for their visit to Fort Sumter.
Although Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie are a historic part of Charleston and United States history, and visitors are encouraged to have an educational and fun time at the forts, it’s important to remember that a lot of sacrifices and losses happened at the forts and during the Civil War.
It’s normal to feel hungry or thirsty in Charleston heat while you’re exploring Fort Sumter. If you choose to take the Fort Sumter Tours Ferry Boat, you can enjoy a snack bar and a few water fountains. Water fountains are also spread out across the outside of Fort Sumter.
One of the coolest things about the water fountains on the boats and across the fort is the innovative design. While each water fountain has a typically water fountain spout design, it also has a designated vertical spout. Thus, visitors can quickly and efficiently fill up their water bottles. The vertical water spout is also healthier than the mouth water spouts.
It’s important to note that once inside Fort Sumter, visitors are not allowed to picnic. But, small snack items and water is allowed.
After spending a day exploring Fort Sumter, stop by the Fort Sumter Bookstore. The Bookstore has three locations: Fort Sumter, Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square, and Fort Moultrie Visitor Center on Sullivan’s Island.
Each Bookstore is owned and operated by Eastern National. Eastern National has been working alongside the National Park Service for many years. Together, Eastern National and the National Park Service have ensured the souvenirs sold at the bookstores are educational and of superior quality.
While majority of the items within the bookstores are books and educational items, the bookstores offer little trinkets, stuffed animals, apparel, drinkware, and other souvenirs that are related to Fort Sumter.
For more information about the bookstores, or any other opportunity at Fort Sumter, visit the fort’s official website, or contact them during their hours of operation.
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