The Night Watch of Colonial Charleston, Part 2: 1696–1701

June 15, 2018

Today I’m going to continue a thread that I started a few weeks ago (see the episode published on May 18th, 2018), concerning the early history of Charleston’s police department, which was known simply as “the watch” in the city’s first ...

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Fish and Fishermen in 1888 Charleston

June 8, 2018

It’s summertime in the Lowcountry, and the fish are jumping. Seafood season is definitely here, even if the shrimp are running a bit late this year. Fishing has been a big part of our community’s history since, well, long before Europeans and ...

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The Zenith and Decline of Ferry Service across the Cooper River

June 1, 2018

After a century of human- and horse-powered ferry boats carrying passengers across the Cooper River, the arrival of steam power signaled a sea-change in our sense of mobility. The convenience provided by fast and powerful steam ferries fueled the ...

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The First Century of Ferry Service across the Cooper River

May 25, 2018

Have you recently experienced some frustration with your daily Lowcountry commute? Do you find yourself wishing for an alternative to the gridlock that is crippling our local highways? If so, then I’ve got a story for you. In the past, Charlesto...

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The Medieval Roots of the Charleston Night Watch

May 18, 2018

This is National Police Week, a time when our nation reflects on the value of our professional peace keepers and remembers those who have fallen in the line of duty.  If you have an inquisitive sort of mind, you might have wondered how this inval...

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The Baird Brothers: Charleston's Cycling Stars

May 11, 2018

May is National Bike Month, and I’d like to commemorate this annual event by turning back our calendars to the first golden age of bicycling in Charleston—the 1890s—and draw attention to the colorful careers of the celebrated Baird Brothers ...

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The Rebellion of South Carolina: April 21st, 1775

May 4, 2018

Today we’re going to conclude our short series about the beginning of the American Revolution in South Carolina by looking closely at the theft of government-owned weapons and gunpowder in Charleston in April 1775. This crime (actually three sep...

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Stealing Lord Dartmouth’s Mail in April 1775

April 27, 2018

Today we’re going to continue our short series about obscure events in Charleston in mid-April 1775 that represent the first sparks of the American Revolution in South Carolina. In last week’s cliffhanger, we were listening in on a committee m...

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Prelude to the Revolution

April 20, 2018

Today I’m going to begin a series of programs looking at the sparks that ignited the American Revolution in Charleston in the spring of 1775. We’ll begin with some historical background to establish the context, and then we’ll focus on event...

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Mail Service in Colonial-Era Charleston

April 13, 2018

Long before the invention of email, and long before the advent of the U.S. Postal Service, how did the people of early Charleston exchange letters and news with other towns, other colonies, and across the Atlantic Ocean? And how long did it take t...

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