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"Lessons in southern culture..." Charleston Things to Do Tip by islandtaryn

Charleston Things to Do: 322 reviews and 736 photos

Be certain to tour Drayton Hall and Middleton Plantation...both located on Highway 61. Really adds to one's knowledge of the experience of the American Civil War. I am originally from Ohio...very near the home of General Sherman. Had no idea how hated a man he was. Many structures (including some at Middleton) were burned at his hand. Touring these plantations also gave new perspective on life as a slave in the south. If you visit Drayton Hall, be sure to check out all the books of historical information to be found on the porch at the visitors center. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to really digest the information to be found in them. Additionally, there are short lectures available by the staff periodically. They are worth your time.
The last remaining slave died at Drayton Hall only a few years ago. He is buried on the plantation. I paid a respectful visit to his grave while there.
Downtown, there are numerous historical structures. A walking tour is probably the best way to see the majority of them.
Loved this city! Looking forward to going back.

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  • Written Nov 29, 2003
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