The Battery in Charleston, South Carolina at Twilight

Step Back in Time at the Best Historical Sites in Charleston, SC

A visit to the Lowcountry is incomplete without checking out some of the best historical sites in Charleston, SC. Peruse thoughtful museums. Explore national monuments. Learn about the rich history of the region. Maybe you consider yourself a history buff. Perhaps you simply enjoy connecting with the local culture. Either way, you’ll find plenty of top-notch attractions that appeal to your interests! Read on for our suggestions on where to go. Then, take some time to look at our complimentary Destination Guide

13 Historical Sites in Charleston, SC, You Need to Visit

1. Historic Charleston City Market

Peruse local treats, wares, textiles, art, and more at the Historic Charleston City Market! This National Historic Landmark has been around since the 1790s. 

2. The Battery 

Stroll along the Battery and enjoy the sight of stately antebellum homes, towering palm trees, cannons, and roaring waves breaking against this landmark defensive seawall. 

3. St. Michael’s Church

Known as the Holy City because of the steeples that adorn the skyline, Charleston is home to various historic churches. St. Michael’s Church is a stunning architectural feat that has been around since 1764. 

4. Nathaniel Russell House

Strolling through the historic downtown district of Charleston, you’ll encounter beautiful homes. Tour the Nathaniel Russell House for a glance of the notable Neoclassical interior design. This is easily one of the top Charleston home tours

5. Middleton Place

Middleton Place is one of a handful of historic plantations worth visiting in the Lowcountry. Admire the gorgeous manicured gardens, explore various exhibits, and take in the history. 

6. Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument is known for being a crucial part in two battles that took place in the American Civil War. Take a boat ride out to the fort and listen to experienced guides as they tell tales of this National Monument. 

7. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Another renowned Southern plantation, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens sets the scene for those interested in regional ecology as well as local history. 

8. Magnolia Cemetery 

Beautiful Gothic mausoleums, crypts, and graves adorn the grounds of the Magnolia Cemetery. You will also find yourself surrounded by beautiful ancient oak trees, draped in Spanish moss in addition to various local species of plants. 

9. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

In the midst of Christian churches stands one of the United States’ oldest Jewish congregations. The Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim is the country’s second oldest Synagogue and the oldest in continuous practice. 

10. The Charleston Museum

Learn about Charleston’s role in the Revolutionary War or the Civil War. Browse engaging displays that capture the local social and cultural histories of the region. Wherever your interests lay, you’ll find plenty of fascinating exhibits at the Charleston Museum! 

Stay on Kiawah Island 

Porch Bar

After dining at the best restaurants, shopping, and visiting historical sites in Charleston, SC, return to Andell Inn on Kiawah Island for the ultimate relaxing experience. Style and sophistication blend to create the perfect backdrop for your vacation! Enjoy quality amenities such as our saltwater pool, the Porch Bar, on-site fitness club, and more. Our rooms serve as a comfortable yet elegant retreat in which you can make yourself right at home. 

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