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Charleston's appetite for revolution continued in the s as the city blazed a path to secession to safeguard slavery.

It is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents. Thomas Jefferson called it "The turn of the tide of success.

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The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May The park preserves the site of this important battle. Settlers struggled against the harsh backcountry to survive.

Charleston, SC: A Video Tour

Cherokee Indians hunted and fought to keep their land. Two towns and a trading post were formed then abandoned to the elements.

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And two Revolutionary War battles claimed over lives. Come discover the 18th century history of South Carolina. Stretching miles through four states Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of Follow the campaign by utilizing a Commemorative Motor Route which uses existing state highways marked with the distinctive trail logo, or 87 miles of walkable pathways.

The Reconstruction era, the historic period in which the United States grappled with the question of how to integrate millions of newly freed African Americans into social, political,economic, and labor systems, was a time of significant transformation.

Colonial Charleston

Discover what we know about the Draytons' predecessors-from the Native Americans who populated the Lowcountry for centuries to the family who sold the land to John Drayton. Learn about the processes and people involved in making Drayton Hall a successful plantation. During the American Revolution, the seat of the Drayton family became the headquarters for troops from both the British and Continental Armies. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres "the most important and most interesting garden in America".

South Carolina History: Introduction to South Carolina

The House Museum interprets four generations of Middleton Family, with extraordinary family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits on display. Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Middleton Place and the Middletons have played an important role in American history. The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is dedicated to interpreting the life of Charles Pinckney's, his role in the development of the United States Constitution, his plantation, and the transition of colonial America to a young nation.

The Old Exchange is a 'must-see' for all Charleston visitors.

South Carolina's Lowcountry

During your visit, you will discover this building's integral role in our country's quest for independence and its important service to our young nation. Located in the downtown Historic District, within the area of the original walled city, this brick double house was built in by rice planter Daniel Heyward as a town-house for his son, Thomas Heyward, Jr. The City rented it for George Washington's use during the President's week-long Charleston stay, in May , and it has traditionally been called the "Heyward-Washington House.

Its mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. We invite you to explore this rich, varied history at the Museum and its two National Historic Landmark houses.

All are located downtown, in America's Most Historic City. The first fort on Sullivan's Island was still incomplete when Commodore Sir Peter Parker and nine warships attacked it on June 28, After a nine-hour battle, the ships were forced to retire.

Charleston was saved from British occupation, and the fort was named in honor of its commander, Colonel.