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Thursday, 21 June 2018 12:00

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Monday, 18 June 2018 08:57

143-145 Church Street with its hipped roof, dormers and red shutters is a familiar site to Charlestonians. The structure was originally built with brick and Bermuda stone as a double tenement around 1740 by Alexander Peronneau, a wealthy French Huguenot. The double tenement was renovated and converted into a single-family residence in 1928, at which time the buildings in the back were constructed with brick recycled from Shepheard's Tavern, which had been torn down in 1924.

Friday, 15 June 2018 13:13

Article written by Jason Fowler of Sea Island Builders.

Whether you’ve built a custom home or remodeled an existing one, every homeowner knows selecting the right light fixtures is one of the toughest stages of a project. Not only are there an endless number of options, but light fixture trends and technology also change so quickly that it can sometimes be difficult to keep up. Where do you even start? Based on our experience of helping clients with the selection process, we have put together the following 5 tips for selecting the right light fixture for your home.

Monday, 11 June 2018 10:41

St. Michael's Church is normally open for visitors during the day Monday through Saturday. If the main doors or the door on the right side are open, you have an invitation to go inside to visit and/or pray.

Behind the altar is an 1893 Tiffany window of St. Michael slaying the dragon. When you go there, notice the magnificent wrought iron altar rail, imported from London in 1772. Years ago when I was a member of St. Michael's, the altar rail was black; I remember when the church, after study and analysis, decided to paint it an historical color. We have no documentation that the altar rail was painted the Prussian blue with gold highlights it bears today, but the blue is a period color, and the altar would have been painted in 1772.

Monday, 04 June 2018 10:03

This week we'll visit St. Michael's Anglican Church, 80 Meeting Street, at the fourth Corner of Law. St. Michael's represents God's Law. There has always been a church at this site since Charles Town settled the peninsula in 1680.

If you read the buildings at the Four Corners of Law, you will see that the top of City Hall is not as tall as the top of the Old State House. The United States Post Office has a tower that is much taller than either city Hall or the Old State House. However, the tower is not as tall as St. Michael's steeple, because "nothing is higher than God's Law."

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 09:38

This week we'll visit the interior of the United States Post Office, a free offering for those inclined to explore the 1893 building and, most particularly, the Postal Museum.

The Postal Museum inside the Post Office is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Saturday, Sunday, and holidays). Inside the building, turn right into the Post Office (where you can mail a letter or buy a stamp) and you'll see the entrance to the Postal Museum. The museum is small but packed with fascinating artifacts and information -- in the exhibits, on the walls, under glass, everywhere!

Monday, 21 May 2018 14:49

We have finally arrived at 83 Broad Street, the third corner of the Four Corners of Law. Here we have the United States Post Office and Federal Judiciary System representing the federal corner of law. Completed in 1897, this building was designed by John Henry Devereux, an Irish immigrant born in 1840 who began his career as a plasterer, but later became a noted architect. The Great Earthquake of 1886 demolished the prior structure at this site, making way for the present building.

Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:39

An autoimmune disease is where your immune system attacks your healthy cells because it cannot tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy cells. It isn't the type of disease where BAM! you instantly know you have it. Learn more about autoimmunity here. Discovering that you do have an autoimmune disease means you need to follow an Autoimmune Protocol Meal Plan to help alleviate the symptoms and the damage to your body.

It may take many years to diagnose an autoimmune disease as it may develop slowly. Over time, it may present as various symptoms and elude discovery. Research shows as many as 90% of women over 40 suffer from thyroid dysfunction. Learn more here. What you will know for sure (even before the diagnosis) is that you are not feeling as good or as healthy as you should: "something is wrong." It's the "something is wrong" that will motivate your search for answers. One critical answer is to follow the Autoimmune Protocol Meal Plan, a protocol you must follow.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:59

Article by Madison Baxley

Charleston attracts its many visitors with Southern charm, historic sites, and great year-round weather. And what better way to experience all that our city has to offer than to participate in an adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure. Venture into the Great Outdoors with these ten activities to add a little adrenaline to your Charleston vacation.

1. Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge. Not only is this bridge a symbolic structure in the Charleston skyline, but it's also...

Monday, 14 May 2018 13:40

To view the interior of the Old Statehouse at 84 Broad Street, enter from Courthouse Square around the back of the building and go through security. Although the Probate Court is on the third floor, the entire building is solemn and quiet. Enjoy the respite from the heat; there is air conditioning and also a public restroom.

If you like early governmental history, 84 Broad Street is a treasure chest. When you enter, on the opposite side of the staircase is a small touch screen where you can access a narrated film about the building and some of its contents. If you've got the time, I would suggest you briefly explore the building first, then watch the film, and afterwards, explore again.

Monday, 07 May 2018 11:51

84 Broad Street is the oldest structure at the Four Corners of Law. Built in 1753 when Charles Town was still a royal colony, 84 Broad Street was constructed as the seat of the Colonial government in South Carolina. Charles Town was one of the most important ports of the American colonies, and 84 Broad symbolized the wealth and growing significance of this city.

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