Historic Charleston

So genteel and gracious, it’s no wonder Charleston, South Carolina has consistently ranked among the country’s most elegant and mannerly cities. Founded in 1670, the port city has suffered great fires, earthquakes, pirates, a civil war and a hurricane, and weathered them all with grace and dignity. Charleston today boasts 73 pre-Revolutionary buildings – 136 from the late 18th century and more than 600 others built prior to the 1840s. Students can find plenty of distinctly Charleston things to do: take a walking tour, browse the Old City Market where Gullah basket ladies are among the vendors that peddle their wares, and peek at private gardens tucked serenely behind iron gates. House museums and monuments to wealthy Colonial merchants are open to visitors, as are the plantations and gardens that line the Ashley River. Don’t forget to check out Patriot’s Point