S O U T H E R N H O S P I TA L I T Y
“I’m going back to Charleston, back where I belong.” *
Charleston, South Carolina is located on the east coast of southern hospitality, welcoming tourists from all over in their deep southern drawl. Charleston is home to several tourist attractions as well as beautiful sights such as its white-sanded beaches and oak treefilled parks. Chuck-town is a port town, right on the edge of the Atlantic and welcomes you to all of its southern charms, many which are noted in this book. So sit back and relax on the porch in the humid heat and learn about what Charleston has to offer.
folly beach Folly Beach is a barrier island that gives home to the Morris Island Lighthouse, endangered species of birds, and southern hospitality. Some of the popular restaurants include the Lost Dog Café, open for
lunch only; Woody’s Pizza, Subs, and Cold Beer; The Folly Beach Crab Shack; Planet Follywood – an eclectic collection of live music, specials, and food; and Blu, a “casual yet gracious” dining place for any tourist. There is a fishing pier with a gazebo at the edge and also a turtle watch program you can get involved in! The Lights Out campaign makes sure that the hatchlings and nesting sea turtles can find the ocean tide without any distracting man-made lighting.
firefly vodka Firefly Vodka was the first southern vodka to hit the market. Jim and his wife Ann moved to Wadamaw Island to grow muscadine grapes to produce a South Carolina wine. In selling his product, Jim met Scott – a local liquor distributor. They were a committed pair in crafting a drink that represented the south, and they both agreed, “It doesn’t get more southern than sweet tea.” The idea was born. The plantation uses tea grown only five miles away, blends it with sugar cane straight from Louisiana, and distills it four times. Since 2009, they have added four new flavors as well as a Sweet Tea Bourbon. * Fleming, Victor. Gone With The Wind. Clark Gable. Warner Brothers, 1939.
Walking down the old slave market on Market Street, you’ll be able to find all of your souvenir needs. The outdoor market is covered by a roof but has open breezeways that are stuffed with merchants and vendors selling handcrafted and handmade products. You can find anything from wine glasses to home décor to t-shirts to candied pecans. The sweetgrass baskets are exclusive to this area and you can sit and watch the women craft them for hours. The old market is a historic landmark that was built in 1841. It’s open seven days a week from early in the morning until around 6:00pm.
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There are many things to do in Charleson besides just those listed in this small, 8-page book. For example, you could visit one of the many historical plantations in Charleston or take a stroll through busy downtown and see the night life. Or you could walk down to Rainbow Row, a strip of houses with colorful exteriors that face the Atlantic. But wherever you go, you will always find southern hospitality.
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Battery Park was used in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to defend Charleston as a last defense, which is why the cannons are there. The park opened to the public in 1827 but was used again during the Civil War. As well as wartime history, the Battery Park also has a history involving pirates. Many pirates were hung from the oak trees in the 1700s and left there to warn future pirates of what would happen to them if they came to Charleston. Today the cannons are still there, as well as picnic benches among the beautiful oak trees and a gazebo that is often used for weddings, reunions, and special events.
angel oak The Angel Oak is a live oak estimated to be around 1500 years old. Its history can be traced back to 1717 when it was given to Abraham Waight as part of a land grant, who owned several plantations in Charleston. The tree stayed property of the Waight family for four generations and was given to Justus Angel as part of a marriage settlement to Martha Waight. Today, the City of Charleston owns Angel Oak. Anyone can visit the tree with a circumference of almost 25 feet, stands over 65 feet tall, and provides over 17,000 square feet of shade. The tree inspires many events and activities, including the â€œEvening Under the Angel Oak.â€?
Jessica Byrd | Clemson University | GC 440 | Spring 2010 Printed with the full line of Heidelberg Saphira Consumables on a Speedmaster XL 75 10-color perfecting press with coating unit.