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August 2018
Find yourself envisioning Jurassic Park’s flying dinosaurs when you see a brown pelican mid-air? You aren’t far off. ...

July 2018
The ”Great Shake” of August 31, 1886, was one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on the East Coast. Its epicenter...

June 2018
Tomato pie, tomato pilau, tomato gumbo, okra and tomatoes, fried green tomatoes, tomato relish: no question about it,...

May 2018
Despite their great size, long lifespan (50-plus years), and an armor-like shell that helps protect them from natural...

April 2018
Silver was the preferred metal for dining, drinking, lighting, and decorative ware in the early Charleston home, and...

March 2018
Each spring, the bright yellow flowers of Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) announce the new season in...

February 2018
The brown, floppy-eared pooch known as the “Boykin spaniel” today seems omnipresent in the Holy City—especially during...

January 2018
They’re affixed to structures throughout the Historic District and beyond: circular plaques mingling English and Latin...

December 2017
Reflecting on blended family traditions and creating new ones

December 2017
At four Holy City churches, bells are rung to changes in the English tradition—an art form more rare than many realize 

November 2017
The svelte, long-legged bird known as Meleagris gallopavo is quite a different beast than the fat and juicy turkey that...

October 2017
“When you steps in it, you sticks,” say the Gullah people of the gooey marsh mud that lines Lowcountry creeks. “Smells...

September 2017
During periods of drought, folks uninitiated in the magical ways of Pleopeltis polypodioides may spy the epiphyte fern’...

August 2017
If you’ve never grown an okra plant—merely enjoying someone else’s crop deliciously fried, boiled, steamed, stewed,...

June 2017
Washed up jellies, scampering crustaceans, tiny shells bound mysteriously into chains: all are common finds on South...

May 2017
Bring on the magnolia blooms! This month, Magnolia grandiflora’s immense flowers open, filling the air with their...

March 2017
The stout, cinnamon-colored bird officially dubbed Thryothorus ludovicianus is a year-round Lowcountry resident—a...

February 2017
One of the few forest creatures regularly spied by city- and suburb-dwellers today, the white-tailed deer—the official...

January 2017
Longleaf pine trees (Pinus palustris) once covered some 90 million acres in the Southeastern United States, including...

December 2016
Impossibly thin, subtly sweet, and crunchy with sesame seeds, the benne wafer is a time-honored staple of Charleston...

If the Holy City could count its blessings this month, the iconic public building at the corner of Church Street and...

November 2013
Today, two magnificent lighthouses mark the entrance to Charleston Harbor: the 1876 Morris Island Lighthouse—...

October 2016
Among the largest of the 14 species of bats indigenous to South Carolina, these creatures of the night regularly set up...

September 2016
This graceful member of the heron family (Egretta thula) is distinguished from other tall white wading birds by its...

August 2016
A call for entries for our third annual photo contest, themed “Only in Charleston,” netted more than 600 submissions....

August 2016
On the night of February 17, 1864, the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley slipped out of Breach Inlet and headed for...

July 2016
Brought to the Carolina shores 400 years ago by Spanish explorers and traders, these sure-footed animals are esteemed...

June 2016
As a whole, South Carolinians (and plenty of vacationers who fall in love with this place) adore our state flag. We...

May 2016

April 2016
The Holy City still uses the 17th-century term “piazza”—which comes from the Italian word meaning “open space”—instead...