The City Magazine Since 1975

Suzannah Smith Miles

April 2021
Glimpse through the layered history of the city as well as the lives and livelihoods of merchants and tradesmen,...

April 2021
Created in 1903 on the upper west side of the Charleston peninsula, Hampton Park is the city’s largest park. The 61-...

March 2021
The building now houses the South Carolina Historical Society Museum

February 2021
While bemoaning the loss of this year’s DockDogs event, one Charlestonian amuses herself with memories of canines past...

February 2021
Find out why they're so hard to catch

December 2020
Charleston is famous for its multi-steepled skyline and with some 400 houses of worship on the peninsula alone, one can...

November 2020
Why the once rare birds are increasingly being spotted in Charleston

September 2020
The colorful flower has deep roots in the Lowcountry

August 2020
How they navigate those big ships into port

April 2020
Post your own photos using the hashtag #wisteriahysteria

March 2020
For more than 260 years, this iconic building has served as a commercial exchange and custom house, watch house, public...

December 2019
Tracing the origins of a holiday decorating tradition

October 2019
Brightly striped and spotted in orange and black, the colorful Gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) is a familiar sight...

September 2019
Gossypium has been spun as “the fabric of our lives” for good reason. Scientists have discovered evidence of cotton...

July 2019
What started out as informal races in the late1700s between oar-powered plantation boats carrying crops to town became...

June 2019
Anywhere sharks have swum, their teeth are sure to be found. And Lowcountry rivers and beaches provide bountiful...

May 2019
Avenues of oaks and their deep-rooted history in Charleston

April 2019
Journey through time with a photographic tour of Charleston’s centuries-old parish churches and chapels-of-ease

April 2019
From Edisto and Beaufort to McClellanville and Georgetown, each morning during shrimp season the air fills with the...

March 2019
On March 18, 1839, the Irish organization known as the Hibernian Society laid the first cornerstone for a new hall at...

February 2019
Explorer John Lawson—who visited South Carolina in 1700—gives an apt introduction to Aix sponsa, whose nicknames...

January 2019
On the eve of the Gibbes Museum of Art exhibition “Anna Heyward Taylor: Intrepid Explorer,” take a look into the...

January 2019
Since 1687, the French Protestants known as Huguenots and their descendants have worshipped at the corner of Church and...

December 2018
One of the Lowcountry’s most prolific evergreens is the wax myrtle (Morella cerifera). It grows easily and everywhere—...

December 2018
Santa Claus—and live reindeer—came to town for Charleston’s first Christmas parade in the midst of the Great Depression

November 2018
When Philip Simmons (1912-2009) began to study the craft of ironwork as a 13-year-old apprentice to Holy City...

October 2018
Throughout history, locals have laid their dead to rest with love, respect, and—at times—unparalleled Charleston style...

September 2018
Named for its unusual shape, the American horseshoe crab has been called a “living fossil,” as it has been on Earth...

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...