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  Old Exchange
by grandmaR

I have not visited this building. I took the picture out of the car window and it got 'stuck' in my computer as my wallpaper which was really annoying.

Apparently this is a really historic building in Charleston. This is where the tea was held in confiscation when taxes were to be collected before the Revolution.

According to the website below, in 1773:

"A meeting at the Exchange was called on December 3 because 257 chests of East India Company tea had arrived in Charlestown two days before in Captain Alexander Curling?s ship, the London. George Gabriel Powell was elected chairman of the meeting, and it became apparent in the ensuing debate that most of the citizens present favored absolute non-importation of teas subject to tax. The East India Company consignees, who were present at the meeting, received the thanks and applause of the assembly when they promised not to accept the tea....

"December 22, 1773. Robert Dalway Haliday, the collector of customs for Charlestown, had the tea shipment seized, unloaded, and stored in the warehouse under the Exchange for non-payment of duties. Since the consignees refused to receive the tea, it became liable to seizure by the crown after twenty days in port...

"The tea remained in the Exchange until the government of the province fell into the hands of the patriots, and it was sold in 1776 to provide funds for defense against the British."

Address: 122 East Bay Street at Broad Street
Phone: 843/727-2165
Website: http://www.oldexchange.com/

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  • Written Apr 6, 2005
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