Charleston is one of the largest cities in South Carolina and thousands of visitors from around the world come to visit this great city every year! If you are looking to take a vacation to beautiful downtown historic Charleston, here are some fun facts and figures for your trip!
- Charleston was founded in 1670 as Charles Towne after King Charles II of England.
- Charleston moved to its current location in 1680 from a location a few miles northwest.
- Charleston adopted its present name in 1783.
- During the colonial period, Charleston was the fourth largest port in the country after New York, Philadelphia and Boston.
- During the American Revolution, the British attempted to take the city of Charleston in 1776 and failed. The British came back in 1780 and shelled the city for weeks before the Americans surrendered.
- The Civil War started in Charleston Harbor at Fort Sumter. The state of South Carolina had already seceded from the Union, but it wasn’t until President Lincoln tried to supply Unions troops at Fort Sumter that the war officially began.
- In 1886, Charleston survived a massive Earthquake that measured 7.3 on the Richter scale.
- In 1989, Hurricane Hugo blew through Charleston devastating the area and damaging much of downtown including many antebellum houses.
- Several famous movies have been filmed in the Charleston area including: The Notebook, The Patriot, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Dear John, and Ace Venture: When Nature Calls.
- Many celebrities have called Charleston home including comedians Stephen Colbert and Andy Dick, Actor Bill Murray, Singer Darius Rucker, and former Miss USA 1998 Vanessa Minnillo.
Come find out about everything Charleston has to offer with a vacation to this beautiful city. Stay at the Andrew Pinckney Inn, a boutique Charleston hotel, located in the heart of downtown to be close to all the great historical sites, attractions and events that Charleston has to offer.