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Suzannah Smith Miles

Famed Swedish songstress Jenny Lind performed in Charleston during the Christmas of 1850

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
Rembering Henry and Blanche Holloway, the hermits of Goat Island 

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
The Sewee tribe of Native Americans was first to live along this waterway’s shores and gave it the name “Shemee” (...

August 2016
Perhaps the most notable change that will soon affect the creek is the multistory office building being erected at...

August 2016
Shem Creek’s natural tidal flow and marshlands have long provided a habitat for an array of marine plants, fish,...

August 2016
Kayaks, SUPs, pleasure boats, fishing and touring charters, and commercial fishing boats share the busy channel

August 2016
“They say we’re a dying breed,” says fourth-generation shrimper Franklin Rector. “That’s nowhere near true. Every year...

August 2016
How Shem Creek fares in Mount Pleasant’s current population and development boom is a microcosm of growing pains...

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...

March 2016
Native to rivers, inlets, and bays, the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is one of the Lowcountry’s most admired and...

February 2016
Towering over 65 feet high, this majestic Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) is said to be the oldest living thing...

January 2016
This mildly potent punch is credited to South Carolina’s oldest and most exclusive social institution, the St. Cecilia...

December 2015
Berkeley County’s boozy history as a corn-liquor capital during prohibition  

December 2016

November 2015
Lowcountry anglers will tell you that fall’s the best time to cast for Sciaenops ocellatus, the state’s most popular...

October 2015
This forbidding-looking structure at 21 Magazine Street holds a darker, more haunting side of Charleston history....

September 2015

August 2015
Few would argue that the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is among the most charming members of the Lowcountry...

July 2015
On July 16, 2005, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (named for the state senator who spearheaded the campaign for its...

June 2015
Of all the stinging, biting, buzzing insects inhabiting the Lowcountry, mosquitoes may bug us most. Some 3,200 species...