Remembering Rhettsbury

February 16, 2018
One of Charleston’s least-remembered eighteenth-century neighborhoods was a suburban plantation known as “The Point,” then “Rhett’s Point” or “Rhettsbury,” and later, “Trott’s Point.” This tract,…

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George Washington in Charleston, 1791

February 9, 2018
It’s February, and President’s Day is just around the corner. This Federal holiday has officially existed since 1885, but it actually has much deeper roots.…

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The Story of Gadsden’s Wharf

February 2, 2018
I’d like to invite you to join me for a trip down to Gadsden’s Wharf. Perhaps you’ve heard about this site in the news recently.…

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The End of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

January 26, 2018
January 2018 marks the 210th anniversary of a major milestone in the history of the United States, and the history of Charleston in particular. On…

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Charleston’s First Ice Age

January 19, 2018
During this cool season of the year, many Charlestonians (myself included) begin to dream of warm summer days and the joys of wearing fewer layers…

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Firewood Cures the Winter-Time Blues

January 12, 2018
The Lowcountry of South Carolina has recently witnessed many days of record cold temperatures, and we even had a serious dusting of snow that lasted…

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The New “New Year” of 1752

January 5, 2018
The first day of January marks the beginning of a new calendar year in Charleston, as it does in most other places in the world,…

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The history of Emancipation Day in Charleston

December 29, 2017
Most everyone in these United States recognizes the first day of January as New Year’s Day, but that’s not the only holiday being celebrated in…

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Charleston’s Victory Day, Part 2

December 21, 2017
In our last episode, we talked about the events of the American Revolution leading up to this evacuation, in an effort to understand the context…

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Charleston’s Victory Day, Part 1

December 14, 2017
The 14th of December is an important date in the calendar of Charleston history that deserves to be remembered and celebrated. On this day in…

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