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Living in Charleston, we often take history for granted—as if every city has cobblestone streets and a park where pirates met their ultimate fates. Thankfully, there are plenty of good resources to remind us of where we’ve been and of stories we must be sure not to forget
Downtown Discovery (Ages 3-5)
Photograph by John Laverne, Courtesy of Bulldog Tours
Prepare: Joseph’s Charleston
Adventure by Laura Jenkins Thompson takes readers on a page-by-page tour as it tells the tale of a boy and a little lost dog, Susie. The pair visits landmarks such as The Old Exchange Building and Rainbow Row and discovers a bit of Charleston history along the way.
Go: Stop by Bulldog Tours or the Charleston Visitor Center for a special map that traces Joseph’s route around the peninsula. Stroll along (or drive) in his and Susie’s footsteps and see the sights for yourself.
Continue: Have a picnic in White Point Gardens, one of Joseph and Susie’s first stops. Get close to real Civil War cannons and watch boats pass through the harbor.
Map (& book) available at 40 N. Market St., Charleston
Start your tour from the City Market.
Cost: Joseph’s Adventure Map is $2.95 or free with purchase of book ($16.95)
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
(843) 722-TOUR • www.bulldogtours.com
Slavery in Charleston (ages 6-9)
Photo Courtesy of Middleton Place
Prepare: Shackles by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth shows how our local history includes a dark side that’s not always easy to understand.
Go: Visit the stableyards at Middleton Place to watch as living history guides demonstrate the work and crafts of plantation slaves. Also spend time with the livestock for which slaves were responsible and step inside a former slave cabin.
Continue: On Gullah Net, www.knowitall.org/gullahnet, find fun activities, folk tales, and music related to the rich culture developed in the Lowcountry by the descendents of West African slaves.
4300 Ashley River Rd., Charleston
Cost: $25, $5 ages seven - 15, free for ages six & under, $5 discount online
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Hunley In-Depth (ages 10-12)
Photo Courtesy of Friends of the Hunley
Prepare: Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by Sally M. Walker is a thorough introduction to the CSS H.L. Hunley, including the sub’s inception, its final mission, and its eventual recovery and ongoing conservation.
Go: See the real H.L. Hunley submarine in its 90,000-gallon tank, where scientists are working to preserve this Civil War treasure. Also view artifacts found in the sub and facial reconstructions of the crew.
Continue: Visit the burial site of the Hunley crew at Magnolia Cemetery. Get a map in the cemetery office.
Warren Lasch Conservation Center
1250 Supply St., Old Charleston Navy Base, North Charleston
Cost: $12, free for ages four & under
Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
(843) 743-4865 ext. 10 • www.hunley.org
Dig Into the Past
The Brass Pirate Treasure Hunt
“X” marks the spot at The Brass Pirate, where you can pick up a treasure map to Charleston’s seafaring history.
40 N. Market St., #12 inside the
Rainbow Market, Charleston
Cost: $30 per group of four
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Charleston Museum
Travel back in time at the Kidstory exhibit with 18th-century dress-up clothes, games, a real set of shackles, and slave tools.
360 Meeting St., Charleston
Cost: $10, $5 ages three - 12, free for ages two & under
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. -
5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Ghosts of the South Tour
Dare to listen to spooky tales from Charleston’s past.
74-B N. Market St., Charleston
Cost: $15, $8 ages six-10, free for ages five & under
Times: Daily, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Patriots Point & USS Yorktown
Explore a submarine, fighter planes, helicopters, and the WWII aircraft
carrier USS Yorktown.
40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant
Cost: $16, $9 ages six - 11, free for ages five & under
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Schooner Pride
Come aboard the tall ship and cruise past local landmarks.
Aquarium Wharf, 360 Concord St., Charleston
Cost: $31, $25 ages 11 & under
Times: Daily, call for sail schedule