Charleston two ways
Charleston is one of the few cities we make a point of visiting at least once a year. We love it for different reasons. Rick is a Southerner with a thirst for adventure, while Sandi is a Northerner who leans towards leisure. Here’s a look at how each of us recommends you experience Charleston.
His Way: The best view of the Charleston skyline is from Charleston Harbor. Unless you own or rent a private boat, the best way to experience that view is to take the Harbor of History Cruise. The 90-minute Harbor Tour offers amazing views of the city, the stately homes on the Battery, the USS Yorktown, the Cooper River Bridge, and Fort Sumpter, where the first shots of the “War of Northern Aggression” (a.k.a., The Civil War) were fired. The guides are very knowledgeable and engaging as they bring the city’s history to life.
Her Way: Once a working cotton plantation, the 36-acre McLeod Plantation is now a living tribute to all who persevered in their efforts to achieve freedom, equality, and justice. It is a testament to daily life and the men, women, and children who lived and worked there before and after slavery. Located just across the Ashely River from historic Charleston, this moss-draped oasis is a slice of history that traces the emergence of Gullah Culture in the Lowcountry, and it shows how people dramatically changed the natural history of the plantation’s landscape through time. You can tour some of the homes on-site and compare the McLeod family home with those built for enslaved families. Be sure to download the “McLeod Plantation Historic Site: Transition to Freedom” app for a self-guided tour that highlights the worlds-apart perspectives of those who lived and worked there back in the day.
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