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Charleston, A Historic Walking Tour

Creator: Mary Preston Foster | History - 2005-06-01

A guide book will help natives and visitors alike appreciate the history and residents of the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, one of the South's great cultural destinations, which has endured periods of grandeur, occupation, a ...

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

About this book
Charleston: A Historic Walking Tour will help natives and visitors alike appreciate the history and residents of this beautiful city. With its architecture, palm trees, and cobblestone streets, Charleston is one of the South's great cultural destinations. Its ballrooms and benevolent society halls attest to grand periods of opulence and high living. The theater, libraries, museum, and college show an appreciation for culture and sophistication. But don't let the city's beauty hide its turbulent history. The horrors of bombardment and occupation by conquering armies have left their marks. The city has experienced bleak times and disasters, including fires, a devastating earthquake, and hurricanes, not to mention the challenges of Reconstruction. Yet Charleston has survived its darker days, and now may be the city's finest hour. Neighborhoods from Calhoun Street to the Battery are in better condition today than they have ever been before. This book offers three tours to explore the historic downtown: the Meeting Street loop, the Legare Street loop, and the Ansonborough tour. Enjoy the walk, and let the city tell you its story.

528 pages

Charleston, the place and the people

Creator: Harriott Horry Ravenel | 1906

CHARLESTON CHAPTER I HIS MOST SACRED MAJESTY. THE LORDS PROPRIETORS IN the year of our Lord 1679 the Lords Proprietors of the Province of Carolina on the Continent of North America ordered the Governor of their said province to remove ...

192 pages

Frommer's Portable Charleston

Creator: Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince | Travel - 2011-03-31

See the very best of Charleston Whether you're looking for antebellum architecture or the tastiest fried pickles in town, our expert authors guide you to your best Charleston experience.

Publisher: Frommers

About this book
See the very best of CharlestonWhether you're looking for antebellum architecture or the tastiest fried pickles in town, our expert authors guide you to your best Charleston experience.Detailed maps throughout Exact prices, directions, opening hours, and other practical informationCandid reviews of hotels and restaurants, plus sights, shopping, and nightlifeInsider tips from local expert authors

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Charleston, South Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston ...

Charleston County Government
Welcome to the official website for Charleston County Government. Our Mission is to promote and protect the quality of life in Charleston County by delivering ...

College of Charleston
The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top ...

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Alternative newspaper serving the greater Charleston, SC area featuring music, news, arts, cuisine, film, and columns.


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  • Ecco

    Charleston: A Novel

    Book (Ecco)

    Rating (215 reviews):

    More psychological than your typical romance

    My perception is that this is a story for a "mature audience". By that evaluation I do NOT mean that it is in any way risqué or improper or overly erotic - quite the opposite. However, it is far more psychological than your typical romance, and it is not in any sense an action story.Thornton obviously knows her locale; her descriptions of the city of Charleston and the surrounding countryside are vivid and evocative. Likewise, she is clearly conversant with local art and the provenance of artworks. Although those who are not interested in the processes of authentication of artworks might find these descriptions tedious, I rather enjoyed them - especially the discussion of Eliza's attempts to verify a pastel portrait, and her subsequent endeavors to develop an exhibition of the work of "Slave Potter Dave".I have complained in the past that I don't always agree with the way some novelists end their stories, and that is true in the case of "Charleston"... 4/5 Trudie Barreras - See all my reviews, May 11, 2014

    We Are Our Past

    Excellent first work of fiction by Margaret Bradam Thornton that immediately sweeps you into Charleston, South Carolina with it’s deep sense of history, tradition, and old family community. Eliza Poinsett comes home after ten years, and finds that it is as if she hadn’t left. Emotional ties, still pull, and she is quickly wrapped up in the rhythms of her past, which is intricately woven among Charleston’s landscape and history.This is a gentle, reflective novel without sharp dramatic edges. It’s a novel that is just simply enjoyable to pick up and immerse yourself in. Perhaps the most satisfying part is the description of Charleston itself, as a culture that looks back more than forward, and how that plays apart in Eliza’s own search for understanding.Along the way, the author uses a couple predictable plot elements that may disappoint some; but it is the reflective, never strident, events of the story that offers a sort of healing... 5/5 VReviews (USA) - See all my reviews, May 6, 2014

    A Hauntingly Beautiful Novel

    When I first saw the synopsis for Charleston by Margaret Bradham Thornton I knew I wanted to read it. Eliza grew up in Charleston but left for art study in New York and then London when things didn't work for her and her high school sweetheart, Henry. She unexpectedly meets up with Henry at a wedding in London, and he tells her to contact him when she's back in Charleston. Now she's back in Charleston for what should be a short visit. But as she absorbed again into the people and culture of the charming Southern cit,y, Eliza has to decide if one can ever truly go home again, go back to what was.This book is beautiful. The descriptions of the people and places of Charleston were alive. I love Charleston, and, having lived in South Carolina all my life, I've been there many times. Reading this book I could see all the things I love about Charleston, and having things related from Eliza's point of view gave me inside information that I've never known as a tourist. It was... 4/5 L. Courtney "Book Mom" - See all my reviews, May 31, 2014
    List Price: $15.99

  • Algonquin Books

    Very Charleston: A Celebration of History, Culture, and Lowcountry Charm

    Book (Algonquin Books)
    List Price: $16.95

  • Insider's Guide

    Insiders' Guide® to Charleston: Including Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Kiawah, and Other Islands (Insiders' Guide Series)

    Book (Insider's Guide)
    List Price: $19.95

  • Choosing Charleston


  • Fodor's

    Fodor's In Focus Charleston: with Hilton Head & the Lowcountry (Travel Guide)

    Book (Fodor's)

    Rating (5 reviews):

    Best guide for first-time visitors. Comprehensive listings.

    First, the place. Charleston is a national treasure. It is a dynamic, prosperous, historic Southern city that maintains a nearly perfect state of preservation. Without question, the things that have made Charleston into the gem of a town it is today are historic periods of immense wealth followed by periods of poverty. The city was simply too poor to replace and rebuild its old structures until preservationists discovered them in the 1920s. After 100 years of restoration and refinement, Charleston has become so perfectly beautiful that you'd be forgiven for thinking you're on a movie set. Despite this, there's nothing fake about the facade. This is the real deal - a working colonial city within the Caribbean sphere of influence brought forward for all of us to enjoy today.Now, the book. Charleston guidebooks are a hard lot to get your hands around. The vast majority of them are written for first-time visitors, and this one is no exception. Locals and well-worn... 4/5 Jon L. Albee "Faulkner Wannabe" (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews, May 13, 2015

    Tiny book, no pictures

    0 3/5 Code Red - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fodor's In Focus Charleston: with Hilton Head & the Lowcountry (Travel Guide) (Paperback) I should've spent the extra $5 and got the Moon Guide of Charleston. I have to squint in order to read and find myself losing interest because of the lack of content. I shouldn't have to read about a landmark in the book, then have a laptop next to me to google a map or picture. This should have all of that. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 16, 2015

    Fodor Guide met all my expectations.

    0 5/5 Byron J. Guidry "Fiero lover" (Colorado Springs, CO) - See all my reviews, August 17, 2015
    List Price: $12.99

  • Signet


    eBooks (Signet)

    Rating (73 reviews):


    I have enjoyed some of John Jakes' other historical novels in the past and was delighted that he selceted Charleston as the venue of his latest. Unfortunately, I found the book disapointing.It is basically divided into 3 eras starting with the American Revolution to "young America" in the early 1800s to the Civil War. What usually makes Jakes so talented is his ability to link generations for seamless story telling. I really didn't find that here. It was more like 3 loosely connected stories that did not relate the way they should have. The novel was also missing a likable hero. None of the family members were that pleasant and I found myself not really caring about them. The book would have been much improved by having likable people!The section dealing with the era preceeding the Civil War is well written and captures a divisive time. As usual with Jakes, figures from US history walk across the pages (Frederick Douglass, the Grimke sisters). I almost... 2/5 Samantha W. Mckevitt "longislandgirl" (Dix Hills, NY United States) - See all my reviews, August 18, 2002

    You can learn A LOT from the genre of historical fiction...

    ...and John Jakes is one of its master craftsmen. This volume is the multigenerational saga of the fictitious Bell family of Charleston, South Carolina. Its timeline runs from 1720 to 1866 and thus covers a host of tumultuous times in the Low Country community._Charleston_ is divided into three "books." Book One sees Edward Bell fighting on the side of the American Revolution, both before and after Charleston's surrender to the British. Those of us with northern upbringing and education tend to equate the Revolution with Massachusetts in April 1775, not South Carolina in 1781. Either we never learned that Charleston fell to the British in that war, or we had no idea what that meant. Of course, the battle of the colonists versus the loyalists divides the Bell family as well, and the rift seems to widen as the decades pass. Book Two follows Alexandra Bell, her brother Hampton, and their cousins Ouida and Gibbes as they react to slavery issues and take sides in the... 4/5 Corinne H. Smith (Lancaster County, PA) - See all my reviews, August 25, 2002

    Too much history, not enough novel

    0 3/5 Timothy J. Kindler (Rochester, NY) - See all my reviews, October 16, 2002

  • Twin Lights Publishers

    Charleston: A Photographic Portrait

    Book (Twin Lights Publishers)

    Rating (2 reviews):
    Twin Lights Publishers

    Photo (Guest) Book for Charleston Destination Wedding

    0 5/5 BaileyBunkers - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Charleston: A Photographic Portrait (Hardcover) Exactly what I was looking for! I purchased this book for guests to sign at my daughter's wedding in Charleston. Every page has beautiful pictures of the Charleston and Low Country area, and guests wrote lovely comments to the newlyweds throughout the many pages. This book is now a true keepsake to remind the couple of their destination wedding and those that attended. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 24, 2014

    Five Stars

    0 5/5 Linda DiMaio - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Charleston: A Photographic Portrait (Hardcover) Beautiful book. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 29, 2015
    List Price: $26.95

  • Arcadia  Publishing

    Charleston: A Historic Walking Tour (Images of America)

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    List Price: $21.99

    ISBN13: 9780738517797
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  • Crown

    Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South

    Book (Crown)
    List Price: $27.00

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