Hurricane Hugo – 31 Years Later (Reflections in Pictures and Video)

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“I’ll wait for you, should I fall behind, wait for me” – Bruce Springsteen

On or about midnight on September 21/22 will mark the 31st anniversary of Hurricane Hugo sending a destructive path through Charleston and its neighboring beaches and towns.? For many, this was the most difficult period of their lives, overcoming life-threatening conditions, losing homes and trying to find ways to start again.? Over the next several months, the area had to find a way to begin again and bring back the Southern warmth and beauty it had known for hundreds of years.

After all was said and done, there were 27 fatalities in South Carolina from the effects of Hurricane Hugo.

Locals and citizens from neighboring towns and districts reached deep within their hearts and helped their fellow friends.? Bringing sand to the beaches, laying a foundation where a home once stood, providing shelter to strangers now without homes and giving food and warmth when needed.

We were and continue to be a resilient and proud area, who has overcome much adversity so the sun may shine each day and we can continue to say how proud we are of our home.

Hugo was an event we should never forget.? It was tragic, but in the end, we found a way to rebuild and become stronger than ever before.

We would like to take you back to those days, weeks and months and provide a pictorial remembrance of Hurricane Hugo, 28 Years Ago.
























Remember our past and find strength in our ability to remain stable.

One of the most symbolic remembrance markers of this event is the Folly Boat.? This boat that remained after the path of destruction is today used to show our sense of community, one message at a time.

The next time you are at at White Point Gardens at The Battery, walk through the gates of the Battery Park Carriage House.? Just on the left you will see the water line damage from Hurricane Hugo and know just how powerful a hit we took and more importantly how we persevered and grew as one single community.



Remembering the Battle of Sullivan’s Island – June 28, 1776

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Battle of Sullivan’s Island
Battle of Sullivan’s Island Definition: The Battle of Sullivan’s Island was a military conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in North America during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). The year and date that the Battle of Sullivan’s Island took place on June 28, 1776. The battlefield in which the British and American Forces fought during the Battle of Sullivan’s Island was located near Charleston, South Carolina. Sullivan’s Island was a large island commanding the entrance to Charleston harbor. British frigates had scouted the area in May and observed the construction of the American fort on Sullivan’s Island. The Battle of Sullivan’s Island ended in victory for the American colonists.

Overview and Summary of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island
The Battle of Sullivan’s Island took place on June 28, 1776 near Charleston, South Carolina when the British army and fleet attacked Charleston.  The entrance to Charleston Harbor was protected by sandbanks. A sandbank Is similar to a reef and a navigation, or grounding, hazard.  the channels through these sandbanks lead directly to the end of Sullivan’s Island. where the Americans had built a fort of 16 feet wide palmetto logs filled with sand. General William Moultrie commanded the fort and it was named in his honor, Fort Moultrie. The British fleet sailed into the harbor to attack the fort. The fleet consisted of 9 man-of-war ships carrying 300 heavy cannon. The cannons were fired but the balls from the ships’ guns were stopped by the soft sand-filled palmetto logs. During the conflict a flag commissioned by the colonial government and designed by William Moultrie was shot away and fell down outside the fort. A patriot called Sergeant Jasper rushed out, seized the broken flagstaff, and again set it up on the rampart. General Henry Clinton and his troops landed on an island and was trying to cross to the further end of Sullivan’s Island and were under fire from Americans on the beach. Unexpectedly the water deepened, and the British had to jump aboard their ships to save themselves from drowning. General Henry Clinton ordered a retreat and the fleet also sailed away from Charleston

Battle of Sullivan’s Island – The Liberty Flag aka the Moultrie Flag
The above pictures of the battle show the flag that was designed by Colonel William Moultrie. The flag was commissioned by the colonial government and the design was a blue flag with a white crescent saying LIBERTY on it. The flag became known as the Moultrie flag or the Liberty Flag. Later on during the Revolutionary War in the 1780 siege Charleston was taken by the British and the flag was taken. The ‘Liberty Flag’ was later reclaimed by American forces at the end of the war, the flag was returned to the city of Charleston by General Nathanael Greene.

The Importance and Significance of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island

Significance of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island: The significance of the conflict was that the small force of militia were able to force the retreat of 9 British ships – and the news was spread as propaganda for the Patriot cause.

*Courtesy of Land of the Brave Info

Liberty Flag Flown at Fort Moultrie

Why is Life Good in Charleston, South Carolina

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By Mark A. Leon

Life is good in the little Southern town of Charleston, SC.? The sun is shining, the beach is filled with warm water and sand in late September, the sunrises and sunsets are as picturesque as a classic painting, the restaurants are filled with culinary magicians looking to fill your tummies with foodie delight, boating is a lifestyle, the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern and The Citadel remind us of the promise of tomorrow, MUSC and Roper watch our health closely, beer and bikini’s fill our background, the craft beer scene is exploding, yoga stretches our limits and things are just a little bit slower and we like it.

Life is good in Charleston

Here are a few more reasons why….

  • Festival season never ends. Locally, we segment by season our festivals – Summer – Outdoor Festival Season; Autumn – Fund Raising Festival Season, Winter/Spring – Food Festival Season.? Put that all together and you have a year of festivities.? All year round, you can count on a great festival to bring the community together.
  • Beach life – What more can we say. Sullivan’s Island, Edisto Beach, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms and all within 5 to 45 minutes away and if you really want to get away, head to Pawley’s Island, Garden City, Hunting Island State Park or Myrtle Beach.? The Carolina Coastline is always waiting for you.? What is even better, if it is not a county or state park, the beach access is free.

GALLERY:? Life at the Charleston Area Beaches

  • Dining – That speaks for itself. The James Beard Recipients, fine dining, casual dining, inventive culinary artists and food trucks are just the tip of the iceberg.? Here in Charleston, we over over 110+ brunch options.? That alone speaks volumes.

Charleston Brunch Guide

  • College Life – You want a city, not only brimming with shopping, dining, outdoor activities and tours, but a thriving college life, welcome to Charleston. Within the city proper, The Citadel and the College of Charleston will give you your fill of academic culture.? Students aside, the athletic and cultural offerings to the public are thriving.
  • History – First shots of the Civil War right here in Charleston. George Washington stayed in Charleston.? Pirates were hung from our trees.? Ghosts roam the Old City Jail and residential homes.? We can’t say enough about our history and thus we celebrate it with the Mace Brown Natural History Museum, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, Historic Carriage Rides, Historic Walking Tours, Ghost Tours, Boat Tours and more.
  • South Carolina Aquarium – If you love sea and ocean life, but aren’t ready to get on a boat, the South Carolina Aquarium is a structurally beautiful, educational and fun way to spend the day on land and still feel the power and beauty of the ocean. Plus, it is located right on the harbor and offers majestic views.
  • Daytrips – What if I want to get away, but don’t want to spend the whole day in the car. We have a few options:? Augusta National – Augusta, GA; Beaufort, SC; Savannah, GA; Jekyll Island, GA; Myrtle Beach/Pawley’s Island, SC; Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC; Charlotte, NC; Asheville, NC; Appalachian Mountains.? I think we made a great point.

Check out 7 Great Charleston Area Escapes – Daytrips

  • Shopping – Louis Vuitton, West Elm, William Sonoma, Forever 21, Alex and Ani, Godiva, M. Dumas & Sons, Beckett Boutique, Le Creuset Boutique, MOSA Boutique, House of Sage, Forever 21, The Charleston City Market, Antique shops (High and Low End) and so much more.

We can certainly go on with Art Galleries, Coffee Houses, Biking, Churches of the Holy City, Dog Parks, Playgrounds, A Cat Café, Comedy, Theater and Film Festivals, but we hope this sheds a little light on why life is truly good in Charleston.

Review: “Lowcountry Revolutionaries! America’s First Freedom Fighters” is a reminder to preserve our Charleston history

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By Mark A. Leon

The United States built a foundation on an inherent lie, noted in the Declaration of Independence,We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

All men are indeed not created equal, nor are women and children.? We are a collective pot of unique thoughts, ideas, talents, backgrounds and beliefs.? We are born with the gift of life which comes with it, free will.

No evidence more evident than the stories of the original freedom fighters, Colonel William Rhett, Captain Henry Felder, Rebecca Brewton Motte, John Laurens, John Featherston, Emily Geiger, Peter Harris, Francis Marion and Mary Tenor.? You may not know all these individuals by name, but their contributions collectively led to the privileges we all enjoy today.

Nine individuals of such differing backgrounds with one common thread, the passion to pursue to rights of all individuals to live under a free sky.

Lowcountry Revolutionaries! America’s First Freedom Fighters is a reminder of the culture and values that Charleston and the South are built upon.? As we look around and see the modern development and explosion of real estate and hotels, we are forced to reflect on a time that was and a time that will be.? Charleston is losing its roots and this play, in a way, is a new fight for the values and retention of the history that has made Charleston the Jewel of the South.? In 1760, lives were sacrificed for freedom.? Today, we must honor them and preserve what we have built.

Over the course of this 70 minute, one act play, our senses are awakened by storytellers of the past; narrative ghost stories of ordinary men and women that risked their lives in preservation of a principle.

The time-period is 1760-1783, blacks, whites, Indians, women, men and children all lived on the same land, each with their own individual struggles of change and survival.? Somehow, so many came together to raise their hands and weapons to the tyranny of the British rule.? It was a time of compromise, risk and sacrifice.? Some survived, some perished, but freedom was attained.

This is a poignant series of stories that pulls the audience in from the very opening monologue and musical accord.? With each character taking center stage, the rest of the cast surrounded the theater, cheering, singing and reiterating the words of these powerful stories while Tracy Bush, founder & director of Taiko Charleston, created the sounds of the times from unnerving anticipation to gun shots in the distance.? The echo in the room and surround sound effect created a setting of almost being alive in that era.

Individual Performances

David Perez, played John Featherston, a Navy man.? David, himself a 10-year veteran of the Air Force, serving 5 tours in Afghanistan and around the world, brought a powerful presence and respect to the stage with the embodiment of a man who fought 230 years ago as told through the vocals of a soldier who fights for our freedoms today.

Dante Rollerson as Peter Harris, a Catawba Indian, who fought with the Patriots was a performance ripe with unadulterated emotion.? He strength on stage and personal struggles his character made in the decision to fight for his land showed so clearly in his eyes and storytelling prowess.

Chris Weatherhead and Clarence Felder, whose relationship has spanned many decades from coast to coast and keeps getting stronger with each passing day, acted beautifully together.? Their affections could be seen from the back of the room and outlined so well that life was difficult during this period, but perseverance and love are powerful tools in overcoming adversity.

Robbin Knight, carried his film performance of John Laurens forward to the live stage recalling his personal journey to end slavery, 80 years before his time.? Until several Red Coat bullets would take his life, he never gave up on his commitment to create a land where all men and women have the same opportunities to be free.

In the Lowcountry, there are some roles you do not take lightly, and Francis Marion, Swamp Fox, is one of them. Michael Easler, brought a frailty and intimacy to his performance.? As the older, worn down version of the great tactical leader, Mr. Easler told very personal accounts as he limped across the stage.? It was a different man that we see on the statues or in the old paintings.? It was a man that understood his mortality and the men he lost along the way.? He came to grips with the sacrifices he made and was ready to share his story with all of us.

Myra Jones (Emily Geiger) and Michelle Warren (Mary Tenor) were superb in each of their own respective ways.? Myra brought an Irish accent so real to life and a candid portrayal of life as a woman, you felt comfort and empathy.? Michelle brought strength to her monologue.? With a powerful voice and a jovial laugh, she left it all on the stage, just the way her character who have done herself.

Our future is only as safe as about ability to remember and learn from the past.? Lowcountry Revolutionaries is an educational, entertaining and important look at our past as told by seven characters, with very personal accounts of a time when fighting for freedom was all they knew.

Their touching recollections remind us that we can’t lose sight or take advantage of what we have.? No matter what, we must remember those that helped light the fire of freedom.

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Charleston, S.C. History in Pictures – A Look Back

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Folly Beach, SC

It is often said, a picture tells a thousand words.? Some of these images really paint a vivid picture of the trials, tribulations and celebrations of our past.? Some will bring you to levels of emotion both good and bad.? Sit back and remember to never forget our past.

From Civil Rights to military; academics to activism; or just a day at the beach.

Enjoy this wild journey into Charleston’s past.

Tree Spirit Project 2011 - Preserve Angel Oak
Tree Spirit Project 2011 – Preserve Angel Oak


73 Church Street (with rounded top door behind tree) – 1958


Early Mobile Free Library
Early Mobile Free Library


Bishop England Varsity High School Basketball Team – Charleston, SC


!950’s South Carolina Map

Post Earthquake Charleston 1886
Post Earthquake Charleston 1886


Early South Carolina Currency
Early South Carolina Currency


Folly Beach Barracks – 1946


Broad and Meeting Streets Traffic
Broad and Meeting Streets Traffic


Folly Beach Postcard
Folly Beach Postcard


Charleston March 1969
Charleston March 1969


Charleston Hospital Strike Article
Charleston Hospital Strike Article


Folly Beach Pier – 1937


!976 Charleston
1976 Charleston


Roadside Sweetgrass Basket Sales
Roadside Sweetgrass Basket Sales


1961 at Albemarle Elementary School
1961 at Albemarle Elementary School


Fort Sumter Stamp 1961
Fort Sumter Stamp 1961


The C-141 Starlifter
The C-141 Starlifter


1961 Civil Rights Bus in Charleston assaulted
1961 Civil Rights Bus in Charleston assaulted


Charleston Submarine Base 1960
Charleston Submarine Base 1960


Easter 1960's Charleston, SC
Easter 1960’s Charleston, SC


Broad Street, 1911. Notice the signs for Follin Bros. tobacconists (with the famous wooden Indian) and Henry Plenge’s (the P has fallen from the sign) Pharmacy at 8 Broad


“Folly Beach July 4, 1921.”
three unidentified beach goers in front of their car on the beach at Folly. They are all wearing bathing suits and the women are wearing stockings and hats. The date and location listed above are hand written on the back.
Source: The Charleston Museum


Corner of Fishburne St and St Philips intersection in 1944.


W.A. Jessen’s liquor store, corner of Congress and Rutledge in 1940’s. This location is now a lawyer’s office.


This is circa early 1940s postcard published by Martschink Sales Co.



Hasell Street, Charleston SC, ca. 1900 – 1910


Charleston, SC 1910

Charleston Spotlight: From History Buff to Carriage Guide – Intimate Interview with John Polk

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By Juliette Cheatham

“You might not expect someone to say the best place they’ve ever been is a town with a population less than 1000 people. But it’s true, Plains, Georgia was one of the best.” John Polk told me assuredly through his thick southern drawl. Mr. Polk was referring to his opportunity to go to church with President and Mrs. Carter and attend a Sunday school class taught by the former president. “Plains is place a lot like the one I grew up in” he explained to me in response to my quizzical look, “and President Carter was in office when I was born.”

Born and raised in the small town of Hampton, South Carolina just west of Charleston, there wasn’t much around besides stories about ancestors long past and ancient war heroes of the south. “I’m honestly not sure where my love for history originated” Polk confessed “but being from a small historic town with not much to do, I grew up appeasing my boredom by going to museums, monuments, old plantations-I often found myself at the library reading books about war.” Mr. Polk’s infatuation led him to focus his academic studies on history at North Greenville College.

“So how did you end up here, on a carriage attached to a horse on Market Street?” It seems an eccentric career path even for someone with John’s unique character. Mr. Polk saw an ad for a job as a carriage driver in the paper and knew that an amalgamation of his extensive knowledge of South Carolina history and love for sharing it with others would make him an ideal carriage guide.

The carriage company offered on the job training with the horses, how to care for them, and how to steer the carriage it’s self. “You would know in the first day or so if you wanted to do it. Driving the carriages can be frustrating at times because you’re not only giving an “engaging” tour”, he told me with a smirk “but also paying attention to traffic, tourists, and the streets.” Mr. Polk has been lucky enough never to have an incident with a horse getting spooked, but he humbly added that it doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

John Polk has been a historian/carriage guide combo for the past decade at Carolina Polo and Carriage Company and Classic Carriage Works, LLC. A well-known local, you honestly couldn’t miss him from a mile away sporting a wide brimmed straw hat covered in decorative pins and feathers and moving with the same slow confidence he speaks with. He doesn’t go anywhere without the Lieutenant Governor Miss Miley Dog, his noble companion. It was clear she is equally as mellow and well known around the city as she patiently sat next to me on the carriage the entire time I spoke to Mr. Polk with passing patrons stopping by to pet her.

Turning passions into lucrative careers is a tedious venture that many are not lucky enough to figure out. Mr. Polk’s passion for the history makes him stand out as one of the most requested carriage guides in town. A true southern gentleman, he is a walking encyclopedia of historical facts. If you want to brush up on some South Carolina history, be sure to hop on a carriage with John and his Lieutenant Governor.

Get To Know Charleston: A few historic facts about Marion Square

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A Little History of Marion Square – Charleston, South Carolina

  • John Wragg sold the land to the colony of South Carolina in 1758 to serve as part of the city’s defense fortification
  • Marion Square was known as “Citadel Green” from 1843 to 1922
  • When the Citadel College moved to its new location, the city named it “Marion Square” after South Carolina native and Revolutionary War Hero Francis Marion. The decision was made by Mayor Courtenay and the rest of the Charleston city council
  • The Washington Light Infantry and Sumter Guards currently own the park
  • The original statue of John C. Calhoun built in 1858 contained in its cornerstone – a Revolutionary War cannonball, $100 in Continental money, a copy of Mr. Calhoun’s last U.S. Senate speech, a lock of his hair and a funeral banner.
  • At one point, a portion of the park was designated as a tobacco inspection complex
  • The park is 10 acres
  • In the 1750’s a fort known as “Horn Work” was built as a point of defense during the Siege of Charleston in 1780. On May 12, 1780 nearly 6000 American soldiers marched out of Horn Work and surrendered to the British Army.
  • The Embassy Suites was formally the SC State Arsenal (Old Citadel)
  • The Holocaust Memorial, dedicated on June 1, 1999 has 3 main components: The North side is a rectangular, sunken lawn framed by graded steps, a place of contemplation and a meeting ground for the annual Yom Ha Shoah (National Days of Remembrance) ceremonies. The West side facing Calhoun Street features a concrete and bronze inscription wall, that details the history of the Holocaust and lists names of survivors living in South Carolina. The center or heart of the memorial is a space defined by an impressive four-sided iron screen measuring 25 feet wide, 60 feet long, and 17 feet high. The screen is intended to create a space that is sacred as well as “to signify the place apart occupied by those who perished”. Within the screen rests a 12-foot bronzed tallit, a Jewish prayer shawl
  • In March 1867, just weeks after the ratification of the new civil rights legislation in Washington, D.C., several thousand African American citizens gathered at Citadel Square for a rally that led to the formation of the Republican Party of South Carolina
  • The two fountains were purchased and installed in 1906
  • After years of neglect (1920’s – 1940’s) and the rise of the automobile, Marion Square began to fall to ruin and neglect. On the first day of June, 1948, the Charleston Rotary Club did a symbolic act that led to the transformation of Marion Square to a neighborhood gathering ground.? They gathered on Marion Square to plant a single oak tree and pledge to use their community connections to make a difference in the park’s future.? On the next few years the Rotary Club chaired by Jack Krawcheck led a beautification effort including the planting of 10,500 new shrubs around the perimeter in 1949
  • Today, the park houses great events and festivals including, the Charleston Farmer’s Market, Charleston Fashion Week, Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Spoleto Festival, Annual Hanukkah Lighting Ceremony, New Years Eve in the Park and a playground for the College of Charleston students.

Plans from 1798

December 25th – This Day in History

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Not only is today Christmas, but it is a significant day in world history.? From film to birthdays to world events, this day holds special meaning.

Here are some of the most significant things that happened on December 25th, throughout history

This Day, December 25th


  • 20 Years Ago Today, December 25, 1997, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Deniro that even fake war can seem real with the theatrical release of “Wag the Dog”
  • December 25, 1963 Walt Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone” is released
  • 55 Years Ago Today, December 25, 1962 “To Kill a Mockingbird”, a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck – Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)
  • December 25, 1973 “The Sting” directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)
  • December 25, 2013 “The Wolf of Wall Street”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is released


  • 375 Years Ago Today, December 25, 1642, Sir Isaac Newton was born
  • 99 Years Ago Today, December 25, 1918, Former Egyptian Leader Anwar Sadat was born
  • Today would mark the 196th birthday of Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross born December 25, 1821 in New Oxford, Massachusetts
  • Believe it or Not, Robert Ripley was born December 25, 1890
  • “Here’s Lookin’ at You Kid” – Humphrey Bogart born December 25, 1899
  • You have not entered the “Twilight Zone”, but Rod Serling, writer and host was born December 25, 1924
  • Come Monday, it’ll be alright…. Jimmy Buffett is celebrating 71 years today, born December 25, 1946
  • Don’t mess with Carrie…. Sissy Spacek celebrates 68 years, born December 25, 1949
  • Don’t blink or he will steal your base – Baseball legend and stolen base leader Rickey Henderson was born on December 25, 1958
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau turns 46 today (December 25, 1971)


  • 40 years ago today, we said goodbye to Silent Film pioneer Charlie Chaplin who died on December 25, 1977
  • On December 25, 1989, we tragically lost Baseball great Billy Martin at age 61
  • On December 25, 1995, Dean Martin gave his last bow at age 78
  • It was 11 years ago today, December 25, 2006, we said farewell to the great James Brown
  • 1 Year ago, George Michael left this Earth, December 25, 2016

Historic Events

  • December 25, 1741 Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale
  • December 25, 1776 George Washington crosses Delaware, surprises and defeats 1,400 Hessians
  • December 25, 1831 Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday
  • December 25, 1868 Despite bitter opposition, US President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
  • December 25, 1926 Prince-regent Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan (1926-1989) upon the death of his father Yoshihito
  • December 25, 1977 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Egypt
  • December 25, 1990 The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web
  • December 25, 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigns as President of USSR in a televised speech
  • December 25, 1999 Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (45) marries PR executive Jessica Sklar (28)

Enjoy this little Christmas Day HIstory Lesson

Classic Charleston, SC Images

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King Street - Early 1900's

It is time to step back in time and remember a different part of the Charleston history.? Kick back and relax and enjoy this photographic journey back in time to a much different Charleston and Southern experience.

We truly have a spirited history filled with ups and downs and it is important to remember the journey as we look to the future.

Pictures of Charleston, South Carolina Past

Grace Bridge – Charleston, South Carolina


Old King Street Postcard


South Battery Home


Dock Street Theater


Joseph Manigault House – 1910


King Street Postcard – 1907


Civil War Era Charleston


Rainbow Row – Circa 1940


O’Connor House – Post Civil War


Early Trustees of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church – Charleston, SC


237 King Street – Kassis Brothers Shoes




Roadtrip: Airborne and Special Operations Museum – Fayetteville, NC

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By Mark A. Leon

Just a few hours away in Fayetteville, North Carolina is the Airborne and Special Operations Museum?and it may be one of the most memorable historic museum experiences in the Carolinas. ?With the design and quality of a museum that would make Washington, D.C. jealous, this tribute to the 82nd Airborne out of nearby Fort Bragg and their impact on World War I through today is an emotional ride that will leave you in awe.

We take tremendous pride in honoring those that have served in the South. ?Their dedication and courageous acts will forever be honored. ?To experience not only their contributions, but to put you in their shoes is a remarkable feat that this museum has achieved. ?From the parking lot to the trenches of France and Vietnam, you are transformed to the places where boys became men and freedom was preserved.

Experience the humanity of war, the visual amazement of the scenes of fear and strategic maneuvers and walk through a recollection of 100 years of protecting and preserving freedom around the world.

This is truly a remarkable place for all ages. ?Did we mention it is free.

Take a visual walk in our steps and see why this must be considered for your next road trip


Commemorate as you enter

Canine Memorial


Paratrooper welcomes you

Main entrance

Medal of Honor database in front lobby

Learn about each campaign

Feel like you were part of the action

War torn France

Amazing artifacts

Visually stunning

Be part of the battles

Life in Vietnam

Life and death situations

Viewing Room

Humanitarian efforts

Experience the heart, humanity and courage of war.