Founded in 1670 as the capital city of the Carolina Colony, Charleston has had a colorful, turbulent history. From the first major naval battle of the Revolution to the opening shots of the Civil War, it has embodied the American experience in a uniquely visible way. An architectural showplace from its inception, Charleston has also been a national leader in Historic Preservation, protecting entire neighborhoods of 18th and 19th century buildings. Welcome to an online exploration of its remarkable heritage.
The Charleston Multimedia Project is organized around four interlinked elements:
A street-by-street, building-by-building guide to the Historic District, with links to hundreds of images.
A series of brief, illustrated subject essays about aspects of the city's history, architecture, and culture.
A chronology of noteworthy events from the 16th century to the present.
A series of online descriptions of landmark homes, churches, public buildings, plantations, and forts, some of which have never been available for public tours.