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In the city of Charleston, there is history everywhere you look, and Hampton Park is no exception.

Located on the upper side of the Charleston peninsula, Hampton Park is Charleston's largest public park. Home to beautiful gardens, ponds, hiking trails, and more, the park is a charming place frequented by visitors and locals alike.

However, this wasn't always the case...

We're going back down Meeting Street to visit 60 Meeting, a three-story, pre-Revolutionary house that is still a single-family residence. Fortunately, we have an easy way to determine what 60 Meeting originally looked like. Simply look at the pink house on the Tradd Street side of 60 Meeting, and you'll see what the house looked like when it was first constructed. I frequently point out this difference between the two structures on my walking tours, as it helps people understand how drastically a façade can change depending on the style.

I visited The Charleston Museum recently at 360 Meeting Street; while I have been there several times, there are always new exhibits, and several of the permanent exhibits had changed. As I wrote last week, The Charleston Museum is the oldest in America, dating from 1773, and its collection is excellent.

On display are two of my favorites from childhood -- the Egyptian mummy and the whale skeleton. 

It’s easy to see why the city of Charleston attracts history buffs from across the nation. With its cobblestone streets, historic homes, and old plantations, the story of the Holy City runs deep throughout the Lowcountry and begs to be explored.
One of the best ways to experience a taste of Charleston’s rich past is by walking the city’s Museum Mile. This one-mile stretch of Meeting Street is full of nearby museums, nationally recognized historic homes, scenic parks, and stunning churches that have given the Holy City its moniker.

If you are lucky enough to live in Charleston, then the cultural sites along the Museum Mile can be explored at any time. However, those in a time crunch may have to be choosy about where they visit. Here are some stops that are highly recommended:

From my photograph you can see that there is no structure at Cannon Park; however, the site and remaining columns speak to a previous structure.

The property at 131 Rutledge Avenue was originally a pond, later filled in and donated in 1880 to the city as “Cannon’s Mall,” named after Daniel Cannon, an owner of saw mills near this area. Not long after the donation, Charleston hired Frederick Law Olmstead to draw up a landscape design for the property; Olmstead is a name associated with many of the city parks in the United States, notably Central Park in New York. He also laid out the grounds of the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.

Judge John Faucheraud Grimke started building this house in 1815 at which time he was living at 321 East Bay Street with his many children; Grimke is the father of the famous abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke. However, it appears that the Grimkes never lived at 95 Rutledge. Grimke sold it to Thomas Bannister Seabrook who completed the construction around 1826.

There’s no question about it, one of the main draws of a beach house Charleston is the beach.

Or course then you can add in the charms of Charleston. Throw in the natural beauty of the Lowcountry, the courtesy of the locals. Add in great food and fascinating culture around these parts. No wonder our beach rentals Charleston are so popular. Just book one of our SC vacation rentals, namely one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals. It’s the perfect way to experience all of the above.

This week we visit 61 Meeting Street, formerly the 1750’s stable for 59 Meeting Street. Most people would have no idea this house ever housed horses and hay. If you’re ever in town during the annual private homes and gardens tours, check to see if 61 Meeting on tour; if so, make certain you visit this Charleston treasure.

There are many approaches that homeowners take to construction projects. Two of the most common are the design-bid approach and the design-build approach. Each method has its pros and cons. The design-build approach has been gaining in popularity due to the many advantages this process presents over the design-bid approach.

If you aren’t familiar with the term, design-build is a method of construction where one entity or team is responsible for both the design and construction phases of a project...

Both turmeric and honey, nature’s anti-inflammatory team, have powerful and effective natural anti-inflammatory properties. Constant inflammation in the body is a root cause of many serious diseases. Used together, turmeric and honey can help you take a critical step toward reducing your inflammation and improving your life.

Inflammation is part of your body’s response to the invasion of viruses, bacteria, types of fungus and other agents of disease and illness. At these times, some level of inflammation is helpful as your body fights off these intruders. Remember, our bodies are all about balance...moderation.

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