1524 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: (843) 556-6959
Fax: (843) 556-1187
St. Andrews Parks and Playground, is the largest and undoubtedly the most spacious recreation area in Charleston. This exciting, safe and clean park is a must visit. It hosts a wide array of programs and classes like Bujinkan—a dog obedience classes as well as the belly dancing classes. It also features the St. Andrew's Parks Hall of Fame which felicitates people who have done exceptionally well in some field and have contributed for the development of the community. This park is also venue for many events and activities. Hours vary with activities and events. Call or visit the website.
Ashley River Baptist Church founded in 1943 has several ministries for youth, children, young women and for community service in general. The church is also actively involved in providing meals to the needy, providing disaster relief and visiting hospitals to take care of the sick. The Franklin Graham Festival is a process that the church is involved in, where special events are organized for children, youth and adults alike. Events and self-help courses are a regular feature in the church.
Charles Towne Landing is the site of the first South Carolina permanent English settlement. With a history dating back to 1670, the 80 acres of this park have become a living museum, featuring historical attractions, educational activities and plenty of outdoor spaces to explore. There's a visitor center that introduces kids and adults to life in colonial times. Experience hands-on activities and go on a self-guided tour of the area. Visit the Animal Forest to see species that the settlers encountered, like bears and pumas. Special events are frequent, including live cannon firings and musket demonstrations. Bring a lunch or purchase food from one of the vendors onsite.
Fort Pemberton Site was a domineering fort and was used to defend the James Island as well gain complete control over the Stono River access. It is named in the honor of Confederate Brig. General John C. Pemberton, a distinguished personality who played an important role in Charleston defenses. A part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, this fort is a fine example Confederate military constructions.
Summerall Chapel located in the Citadel is an epitome of architecture meets beauty. This historic structure has 14th Century Gothic design. With beautifully done interiors and handcrafted wrought iron lighting fixtures, it also houses flags from 50 states that hang from its ceiling. The windows are made of stained glass that depict different events in the life of Christ. The whole mood and ambiance of this chapel is pure and spiritual.
Located inside the campus of Medical University of South Carolina, The Waring Historic Library houses many books on South Carolina's Medical history. There are books on military medicine as well as other disciplines in the medical field. Boasting of a collection of over 12,000 books and other manuscripts and journals, the library also exhibits medical artifacts. These include surgery cases, bleeding equipment, dental equipment and chairs and saddle bags, among others. The Library was named after its first director, Joseph I. Waring, M.D, and today sees a host of medicine enthusiasts, doctors and regular visitors at its doorstep.
If you are in Charleston, St. Lukes Chapel is a historic place that you must visit. Originally built between 1825 and 1832 as a part of Federal arsenal, this non-denominational chapel is now possessed by the Medical University of South Carolina. The turn-of-the-century interiors, the exquisitely designed kneeling bench and the Margaret S. Metcalf tracker organ, have their own story to tell. Apart from its significance in history, this church also is a prominent venue for religious ceremonies, memorial services and other diverse events. Visit this church to worship God or plan an event here, this church meets all the needs.
Founded by immigrant Polish and Prussian Jews who came to Charleston in the 19th and early 20th century, this synagogue is steeped in history. The synagogue holds adult education classes, Shabbat and Sukkot dinners, minyans and the famous Myrtle Beach Shabbaton. The synagogue also prepares Glatt Kosher meals for local hospitals. The prayer house is also available for weddings and special occasions. It forms the perfect backdrop for an traditional Jewish wedding. Contact the church for open hours or check website for events and services.
The main mission of this research center is to collect and preserve the rich history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and South Carolina. Established in 1985, the museum has documented the history of the slave trade, civil and women's rights movement. The center maintains an archive of rich material which is used by researchers, scholars and public alike. A cultural center and a gift shop are additional attractions. The center actively sponsors conferences and exhibits to promote Afro-American culture and history. A number of promotional events and study programs are held periodically.
Touted to be the oldest of its kind in the state, Palmetto Brewing Co was founded by Louis Bruce and Ed Falkenstein in 1993 after a wind-surfing expedition to the Columbia River Gorge. It is the first in Charleston since the Prohibition Era. The setting is in an former warehouse and the high ceiling with wooden beams add character to this place. Named after its namesake pre-Civil War brewery in Downtown Charleston which shut down in 1913, it has rare artifacts and documents on display for tours. Amber Ale, Pale, Charleston Lager and Espresso Porter are their year-round drafts while their seasonal brews are also packed with flavor. They also host concerts once a week by talented musicians. Their tasting room is open five days a week.
Located in downtown Charleston, Alterman Studios Gallery was founded in 1980 and measures 6,000 square-feet, making it the largest photography complex. This complex has the Alterman Gallery, Jack Alterman's professional photography services, and the Charleston Center for Photography and Custom Services of Black & White, Copy, and Digital services. They also promote and teach the craft of photography and offer instruction for photographers at all levels of expertise. They also hold workshops on special topics like digital printing, wedding photography and studio lighting that helps add to a photographers skills.
The side of the old Tivoli building downtown has been given an upgrade with the addition of a mural by a local artist. Shepard Fairy, best known for his creation of the "Hope" image used widely during Barrack Obama's first presidential campaign painted Power & Glory in black, red, and cream hues, creating a bold image.