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Monday, 18 March 2019 09:30

Returning to Bull Street, we stop at 125 Bull, an Italianate-style building built after the Civil War. Still an imposing building and topped by a cupola, 125 Bull Street was completed by 1868 as Avery Normal Institute, an institution integral to the much later Civil Rights movement in South Carolina and beyond.

At the end of the Civil War, the Union kept soldiers in Charleston until 1880, primarily to ensure that the free blacks received fair treatment; 1865 to 1880 is known as the “Reconstruction Era”. Unfortunately, when the Union soldiers left, many whites reverted to old mindsets and prejudices and, in many ways attempted to “enslave” the free blacks again, only this time by using segregation and closed doors of opportunity. 

 

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:34

via Explore Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 12, 2019) - Charleston, South Carolina has been voted No. 1 “South’s Best City” in Southern Living’s 2019 South’s Best Awards. This is the third consecutive year that Charleston has been named “South’s Best City” by the readers of Southern Living. In addition, Charleston was awarded the title No. 1 “South’s Best Food City.” A record of more than 65,000 respondents voted in the annual awards.

“We are honored to be named the “South’s Best City” for the third year in a row, as well as “South’s Best Food City” for the first year,” said Michael Tall, President & Chief Operating Officer for Charlestown Hotels, Inc. and Chair of Explore Charleston. “Charleston provides an authentic experience unlike any other destination. Our hospitable community, world-class accommodations, rich culture, celebrated cuisine and historic landmarks are what make Charleston a quintessential Southern city.”

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 10:26

By Emily Gracey on behalf of ABC News 4

Walking down Meeting Street, you may just miss it. Doar Brothers is tucked into a small space but is packed with big flavors.

Owner and Chef Jonathan Doar started his culinary training right here in Charleston; across the street at the Peninsula Grill.

From there, he made stops in New York, Italy and Seattle before returning to the Holy City to create his own menu, which has been influenced by each stop of his journey.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 13:05

By Christian Senger on behalf of ABC News 4

On Saturday, March 23rd, the 4th Annual Doughnut Dash honoring TyWanza Sanders will be held in Charleston. The race starts at 9 am in the South Windermere Center in West Ashley.

The community supported, family friendly run/walk is held each year in honor of the life and legacy of TyWanza Sanders, who died in the Mother Emanuel Church shooting on June 16, 2015.

 

Monday, 11 March 2019 09:48

This week, we travel to the other side of the Charleston peninsula as we visit 2 Amherst Street, located on the corner of East Bay and Amherst Streets, completed around 1808 and associated through the years with three old Charleston families. The house is a little different from other Charleston houses; 2 Amherst has a double piazza that crosses the front and then wraps part of the two sides of the house. Even from the exterior, this house exudes a charm of its own.

Friday, 08 March 2019 16:43

By Emily Gracey on behalf of ABC News 4

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — Whether you're looking for a hot cup of tea, some authentic Indian food, or a hard cocktail, you'll find it at Coorg Indian Café in Mt. Pleasant.

Owners Preethi and Darshan Ayandra are both full time employees of Boeing, but their coffee concept has been percolating for a long time.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 11:09

Written by Emily Gracey on behalf of ABC News 4

Talk about prime real estate for a new restaurant.

RuRu’s Tacos + Tequila has moved in to the corner of East Bay Street and Queen Street.

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 15:39

Written by Christian Senger on behalf of ABC News 4

On Friday, Sean Brock’s episode of Chef's Table premiered on Netflix. Brock is the founding chef and culinary advisor at Husk in downtown Charleston. The James Beard Award-winner previously led the kitchens at Minero, McCrady’s, and McCrady’s Tavern.

Although Brock has shifted his focus to Nashville, his episode of Chef's Table will feature his work here in the Lowcountry. He is featured in the first episode of the documentary's sixth season.

Monday, 04 March 2019 09:56

As founder and owner of the newspaper, Captain Dawson was involved in civic affairs, kept abreast of national and international news and communicated the same to his readers. He was a leader in the community and uniquely positioned to have a clear picture of the issues of the day, of which there were many. After the Civil War and during the Reconstruction era, the entire South was in a major, and frequently volatile, transition. Dawson used the paper, his "voice," to bring clarity to the situations surrounding Charleston and the South. I would imagine that Dawson was aware of the good, the bad, and the ugly in Charleston; it appears he did not hesitate to confront what came his way. That boldness led to his premature death.

Monday, 25 February 2019 09:34

This week we stay on Broad Street and travel west to visit 109 Broad. The lot was owned by Martin Campbell before the American Revolution, having been purchased in 1773. There is some confusion over the actual date of the house construction, probably pre-Revolutionary, perhaps 1776, or soon after the American Revolution around 1783. In any event, we know the house was standing by 1783.

This week we stay on Broad Street and travel west to visit 109 Broad. The lot was owned by Martin Campbell before the American Revolution, having been purchased in 1773. There is some confusion over the actual date of the house construction, probably pre-Revolutionary, perhaps 1776, or soon after the American Revolution around 1783. In any event, we know the house was standing by 1783.

Friday, 22 February 2019 11:18

Love is in the air!

Expedia has just announced their list of the Best Places to Propose in the US, featuring cities that "offer idyllic settings to steal the heart of your honey," and Charleston comes in at number 8.

 Here's what writer Lily Rogers had to say about the Holy City:

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:28

South Carolina State Representatives Marvin Pendarvis and JA Moore recently sat down on Quintin's Close-Ups.

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