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September 19, 2012

Charleston’s Museum Mile Weekend

By Ingrid Skjong | Arts + Culture

Charleston’s Museum Mile Weekend
Sandy Kisamore

With a renewed interest in its artisan goods, traditional foods and down-home history, the South is having a moment. Providing an opportunity to get a taste of it—Charleston, South Carolina–style—is the Museum Mile Weekend (September 21 through 23), a presentation of 13 culturally significant sites along a city swath that stretches just over a mile.

Packed with history and the arts—including six museums, five historic houses, four scenic parks and The Powder Magazine (the oldest public building in the state)—the event offers a simple way to see and understand how Charleston got to where it is today. Highlights include the Old Slave Mart Museum (pictured above), built on a site that hosted hundreds of slave auctions between 1856 and 1863; the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, where Revolutionary War patriots were imprisoned and the U.S. Constitution was ratified by South Carolina; and the South Carolina Historical Society, housed in the historic Robert Mills Fireproof Building, and its current digital exhibit, “Eliza Lucas Pinckney: A Renaissance Woman in Colonial America,” which sheds light on influential colonial women. The Edmondston-Alston House was where General P.T. Beauregard watched the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861, which kicked off the Civil War.

Take full advantage of the mile’s lineup, and experience even more of Charleston with a stay at charming Planters Inn (112 N. Market St.; 843-722-2345; plantersinn.com), located near a surfeit of boutiques, restaurants and antiques shops. Wander a few additional blocks to Waterfront Park and the Old City’s famed antebellum mansions and consider a well-rounded survey of the city complete. September 21 to 23; 843-722-2996, ext. 235; charlestonsmuseummile.org.

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