It's delightful, really, to live in a city that so many travelers name as one of their favored destinations. Year after year knowledgeable readers of magazine like Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure vote Charleston as one of their favorite places to visit not just in the US, but in the world. The main attraction is our wonderful and historic Downtown, though, increasingly visitors are drawn to our eclectic collection of local attractions. Where, after all, can you walk on the deck of an aircraft carrier, travel by boat to the place where the Civil War started and cap it off with a srtoll through an antebellum plantation? That would Charleston, SC.
Fort Sumter Tours
Fort Sumter was built between 1829–60, on a shoal at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. It is singular in its notoriety as the site of the opening engagement of the Civil War.
The fort is located in the middle of the Harbor and is only accessible by boat. Currently two ferry departure sites are available for convenient access to Fort Sumter. One departs from Liberty Square located next to the South Carolina Aquarium. The second is on the other side of the harbor in the town of Mount Pleasant at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
Visit the Fort Sumter Tours link provided here for information about fees and departure times.
Drayton Hall is the only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive the Revolutionary and Civil Wars intact. After seven generations, two great wars, and numerous hurricanes and earthquakes, the main house of this National Historic Landmark remains in nearly original condition. The entire site serves as an eloquent testimony to America's heritage.
Drayton Hall was begun in 1738 and was completed after four years of construction by European and African American craftsmen. Today, its Georgian-Palladian architecture represents the oldest surviving example of its kind in the American South. Still without running water, electric lighting, or central heating, the preservation of the house extends to its guests a sense of timelessness and continuity. Its mere existence proves its strength against the tests of time and change, disuse and nature.