2 Can’t-Miss Historic Attractions In Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a southern city rich with history, culture, and architecture. With an endless array of plantations, museums, and historic sites for history buffs to visit, you’ll want to make sure that these top 2 attractions are at the head of your list.

Fort Sumter

After decades of increasing disputes between the North and the South, the tension came to a head on April 12, 1861, when the Civil War began in Charleston harbor with a volley of Confederate artillery launched against Fort Sumter, a Federal fort held by Union forces. For almost four years, the North struggled to take back the fort.

When you visit Fort Sumter, you can view the beautiful attraction by boat, catch sight of Battery Park, Fort Moultrie, and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and perhaps spy dolphins in the sparkling waters of the Atlantic. Your tour will also include exploring the fort’s grounds, viewing the antique canons, learning about the fort and the Civil War via visual exhibits and interpretive exhibits at the education center.

Drayton Hall

Built in 1738, Drayton Hall is one of America’s earliest homes built in the Palladian style, and the oldest plantation house in America that is unrestored and still open to be viewed by the public.

The plantation has survived two wars, seven generations, many earthquakes and hurricanes, and yet is still close to its original condition. The unfurnished main house has never been updated with electric lights, central heating or air conditioning, or indoor plumbing. Stepping into the home is like traveling back in time, to see how the original inhabitants lived.

The museum offers guided tours daily, as well as activities and programs, an interactive program about slavery, and visitors can also see an African-American cemetery dating back to the 1700s.

If you’re a fan of history or plantation architecture, you’ll definitely want to visit these attractions and learn more about the Civil War and plantation life in the old South.