Memphis Downtowner July/August 2017 : Page 6

History & Charm A rich, 347-year history makes Charleston, South Carolina, a “living museum” of American history and architecture. It has survived enemies, diseases, pirates, fires, wars, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Everything from the cobblestones to the iron gates has a story to tell. This genteel city keeps its complex history in plain view: stone hitching posts from the Revolutionary period, Fort Sumter, 18th-century wrought-iron boot scrapers on the sidewalks, expertly preserved plantations and mansions, the Old Slave Mart on Chalmers Street that’s now a museum. It is a densely packed, incredibly well-preserved showcase of American history and architecture: Federal, Greek Revival, rowhouses, and second-story porches. The perfect lodging in such an historic city can be found within walking distance of downtown — The 1837 Bed & Breakfast at 126 Wentworth, owned by former Memphians Mohamad and Lynn Hakimian. Historic charm and outstanding service make for a delightful stay. Mornings start with a delicious full-plated breakfast, and afternoon tea can be enjoyed on the veranda or in the parlor. From 1837 B&B, a short walk takes you downtown and to the prized South of Broad neighborhood with its beautiful residential architecture and expansive harbor views from along the breezy Battery. The best way to get to know this charming city is with a two-hour walking tour with 13th generation Charleston residents. Walking with a local through the old walled, historic district gives you an insiders’ perspective of the city’s life, economy, and personality. Also, be sure to stroll through City Market where the Gullahs make famous sweetgrass baskets, and many local artists are featured in the shops. The Charleston area is filled with historic sites, but it is also a bustling epicenter of culture, invigorating outdoor activity, and sumptuous dining. Surrounded by a multitude of islands and beaches, the nearby Johns Island is home to the 400-year-old Angel Oak Tree, named for the family that owned the land. Just a short drive away is James Island and Folly Beach, a popular spot for swimming and surfing. Charleston is also home to many wonderful high-end restaurants — don't miss the she-crab soup and shrimp and grits found at many of them! With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene, and friendly locals, Charleston is a memorable vacation spot. For more information visit charlestoncvb.com, 1837bb.com, and charlestonwalkingtours.net. TRAVEL Dock Street Theatre Charleston Walking Tours High Battery Seawall Folly Beach Pier Angle Oak Tree Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets 1837 B & B, Mohamad & Lynn Hakimian

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