Demilitarizing Urban Charleston, 1783–1789

July 13, 2018

For the first century of its existence, the urban landscape of Charleston was dominated by an evolving ring of fortifications designed to protect the city against potential invasion by Spanish, French, and later British forces. Our provincial legi...

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The Men who Built St. Michael’s Church, 1752–1754

July 6, 2018

You’ve probably heard by now that on June 19th, 2018, Charleston’s City Council adopted a resolution “recognizing, denouncing, and apologizing on behalf of the City of Charleston for the city’s role in regulating, supporting, and fostering...

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Too-la-Loo for the Fourth of July

June 29, 2018

It’s that time of year when people across the United States celebrate Independence Day on the fourth day of July, the anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. All across America, the Fourth of July means fire...

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The story of Carolina Day

June 22, 2018

Today we’re going to travel back in Lowcountry history to explore the genesis and legacy of a public holiday called “Carolina Day.” Celebrated on the 28th of June every year since 1777, Carolina Day commemorates an important battle that took...

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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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