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Favorite Senior Vacation Location
Charleston, South Carolina is a favorite vacation location for many seniors.
Charleston SC History
Originally called Charles Towne, Charleston was founded by English colonists in 1670. Incorporated in 1783, it is the oldest city in South Carolina. The city became the most important seaport and the center of wealth and culture in the southern colonies. Non-English immigrants, mainly French Huguenots, added cosmopolitan influences. Charleston was an early theatrical and cultural center. In 1736, the Dock Street Theatre opened in Charleston, one of the first theaters established in the country.
During the American Revolution, Charleston was held by the British from 1780 to 1782. In 1861, the Confederate capture of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor was the act that started the Civil War. With its harbor blockaded by Union forces and the city under virtual siege from 1863 to 1865, Charleston suffered partial destruction but did not fall until February 1865, when General Sherman’s army evacuated.
Charleston is the site of the College of Charleston established in 1770, The Citadel established in 1842 and the Charleston Museum built in 1773, the oldest museum in the United States.
Charleston South Carolina – Historic Civil War City
Many colonial buildings in Charleston, South Carolina survived the Civil War and are now senior tourist attractions. Today, the city's old homes, winding streets, historic sites, mild climate and nearby beaches and gardens attract many senior visitors.