The South Carolina Revolution of 1719, Part 2

January 17, 2020

The secret confederacy of angry South Carolinians that formed in November 1719 assembled in Charleston that December as an elected Convention of the people. In a showdown with the legitimate proprietary government, the members of the Convention st...

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The South Carolina Revolution of 1719, Part 1

January 9, 2020

Frustrated by years of neglect and contrary government, the citizens of South Carolina asserted their political will in the closing months of 1719 by organizing a rebellious confederacy that descended on Charleston to seize the reins of power. It ...

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A look back at the 10 most popular travels in the Charleston Time Machine

January 3, 2020

Each week we take a trip through time in the Charleston Time Machine, traveling from point to point through history to examine the lesser known stories and the tales behind major events that helped shape Charleston. 

This week we'll take a look ...

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Proprietary vs. Royal Government in Colonial South Carolina

December 27, 2019

South Carolina was born as an English colony and continued as such until the American Revolution, but its first century of existence was marked by two contrasting periods characterized by different forms of colonial administration: An initial “p...

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Christmas Traditions in Early Charleston

December 13, 2019

The word “tradition” is often used to describe many of the communal activities that surround various holidays both sacred and secular. Here in the Charleston area, for example, we share a number of Christmas “traditions” with communities n...

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The Shady History of Protecting Lowcountry Trees

December 6, 2019

Shade Trees form an important part of the natural landscape here in the South Carolina Lowcountry and the focus my thoughts this Arbor Day. While some in our community would like to uproot grand oaks standing along our most scenic highways, others...

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The Genesis of the Harleston Neighborhood, 1672-1770

November 22, 2019

The residential area today called Harleston Village is one of the oldest neighborhoods on the Charleston peninsula, but the present definition of its boundaries differs from its original identity. Beginning as a large grant stretching across the p...

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The Historical Landscape of the New Baxter-Patrick James Island Library

November 15, 2019

Charleston’s newest island library is situated in a quiet setting that belies the depth and drama of its long and colorful history. From Native-American stomping grounds to fertile plantation, from bloody battlefield, to civil rights success, th...

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A Veteran’s Story: Caring for the Family of Sergeant William Jasper

November 8, 2019

Veterans Day is a national holiday that was created in the twentieth century, but the roots of our collective acknowledgement of soldiers’ sacrifices dates back many generations to the dawn of the United States. Today we’ll use the story of on...

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Mackey’s Morphine Madness: The 1869 Shootout at Charleston City Hall, Part 2

November 1, 2019

Thomas J. Mackey did not shoot the sheriff, but he shot at him during a meeting of Charleston’s City Council in late October 1869 and endangered the city’s board of municipal aldermen. The community largely condemned the assault, which was fue...

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