We love a good trivia game, especially when it comes to our favorite city in the world… the Holy City! These are only a few capturing facts about Charleston. Visit to a local Library, or take a historic guided tour to learn more interesting facts about our historic city!
- Many of the ceilings of the piazzas on historic Charleston homes are painted a light blue,recognized as haint blue. Gullah Geechee descendants of enslaved African people thought the soft, blue-green paint would keep “haints,” or evil spirits, away.
- South Carolina Ports ranks in the top 10 busiest container ports in the nation. A record-breaking number of containers were moved at the Ports of Charleston during October, marking the third busiest month in port history.
- Lavinia Fisher, recognized as “the first female serial killer in the United States,” is said to haunt the Old City Jail where she and her husband were incarcerated.
- The Holy City is home to the historic Dock Street Theatre, recognized as “America’s first theater.” This landmark was the first structure in the country constructed exclusively for theatrical performances.
- Charleston is also home to America’s First Museum. Read up on the history of The Charleston Museum, established in 1773.
- The co-inventor of Morse Code and the telegraph, Samuel Morse, spent time living and painting in Charleston between 1817-1821. Charleston adopted the telegraph not long after in 1848.
- Originally known as Charles Town after King Charles II, the city was renamed Charleston in1783.
- One of history’s most mysterious + eerie poets, Edgar Allan Poe, was stationed at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island between 1827-1828, where he enlisted under the name Edgar A. Perry.