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Mayor Riley

Located down the road from The Elliott House Inn, is Charleston City Hall. Joe Riley Jr., has been mayor of the city since 1975. Joe Riley Jr., is the longest continuous running mayor in Charleston’s history. This November, will be the first time in forty years that Charleston will have to elect a new mayor.

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Posted on October 12, 2015

Jehu Jones Junior, 1786-1852, was the first African-American in the United States to become an ordained minister. He was originally a part of the Episcopal Church, but was drawn into Lutheranism by the minister of St. John’s Lutheran Church, John Bachman. St. John’s Lutheran Church had an interest in ordaining and preaching Lutheranism to Charleston’s

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Posted on August 31, 2015
St. Phillips Church Charleston, SC

St. Phillips Episcopal Church

St. Phillips Episcopal Church is the oldest church congregation in Charleston. The congregation was formed in the ladder part of the 1600s, as part of the Church of England. The original location of the church was at the corner of Meeting and Broad Street. The famous people that are buried in the church graveyard are

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Posted on August 3, 2015

Anne Bonny – A Charleston Pirate

  Anne Bonny was born in Ireland, but at a young age moved to Charleston, South Carolina.  Her father, William Cormac, was an attorney and owned a plantation outside the city. Despite her young age, she could be seen hanging around the docks of Charleston consorting with some interesting characters.  Before she was even out

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Posted on October 14, 2014

Edgar Allan Poe – Sullivan’s Island Secrets

Though it is true that Edgar Allan Poe visited the city of Charleston, it is not really truly known what took place during his stint in the “Holy City.” Before Edgar Allan Poe was known as a dark literary figure, he was a student at the prestigious West Point Military Academy. While on Sullivan’s Island,

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Posted on August 25, 2014
John Trumbull Portrait Painted By Gilbert Stuart

John Trumbull – Trouble with Charleston

John Trumbull was a late 18th Century painter, architect, and diplomat that provided some of the most iconic portraits in the United States, the most commonly known is the “Declaration of Independence.” In 1792, John Trumbull came to Charleston to paint a portrait of George Washington. The painting was supposed to be a portrait of

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Posted on July 14, 2014
Spoleto Festival - Charleston, SC

The Spoleto Arts Festival – Charleston, SC

The Spoleto Arts Festival is going into its 38th season in Charleston, South Carolina. The Spoleto Arts Festival was started in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene, and many others who were looking to create an American partner to their annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The City of Charleston was an ideal

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Posted on June 3, 2014
Charleston's Farmers and Exchange Building

Francis D. Lee – Architectural Extraordinair

Francis D. Lee, the designer of the unique Farmers and Exchange Building was not only a well-known architect, but also an inventor as well. Francis D. Lee graduated from the College of Charleston in 1846 and completed his master's degree in in 1848.  While in school Lee won a gold medal for a speech entitled

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Posted on May 19, 2014
A Half Column Grave Monument

Unique Charleston Burial Traditions

Unique Charleston Burial Traditions - The Bedstead Grave From the beginning of the Charlestowne Colony, the only law to set up a place of worship was that you had to believe in God, and could not be openly Catholic ( this was only until right after the Revolutionary War.) This idea of freedom of religion

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Posted on April 8, 2014