A Post & Courier article (Tuesday, 12/1) outlines how planned development on the Cainhoy Peninsula may put 8000 years of significant local history under pavement and lawns. ““If not properly done, the development on the Cainhoy Peninsula could go down as the great rape of one of the Lowcountry’s last remaining pristine and historic landscapes,” said local historian Suzanna Smith Miles, who has written extensively about the history...

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Posted By on Nov 29, 2020

A view of the south side of Broad Street looking east. The 1886 earthquake caused extensive damage. The old News and Courier building stood a short distance from East Bay Street. As if post-war Charleston didn’t have enough challenges, fires, hurricanes and a devastating earthquake added to the recovery woes. “With the 1880s looming, Charleston still hadn’t remedied much of the damage inflicted on it by the war, and a...

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Posted By on Nov 27, 2020

This time the damage was caused by a massive earthquake on August 31, 1886. More than 60 people died and the property damage was massive. According to Wikipedia, “The shock was felt as far away as Boston, Massachusetts, to the north, Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the northwest, as far as New Orleans, Louisiana, to the west, as far as Cuba to the south, and as far as Bermuda to the east.[3] It was so severe that...

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There’s a treasure trove of local history hiding in plain sight in North Charleston. The Charleston County Records Center has 20,000 boxes of records illustrating centuries of life in the Lowcountry. But the center is closed to the public. What a waste, you think? Good news! They’;re working on a website. Learn lots more in this Post & Courier article. A document from the Charleston Rice Milling Co. lawsuit from 1884...

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Posted By on Nov 25, 2020

Have you heard the story of the 1916 lynching of wealthy cotton farmer Anthony Crawford? There are two recent Post and Courier articles and a new documentary available on the streaming service KweliLink to Brian Hicks column:…/article_33e98cf6-2de0…Link to Kalyn Oyer article:…/article_7ce0fb88-1f94…Link to Kweli (this is a pay site)...

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Posted By on Nov 22, 2020

“The pitiful sight of Charleston saddened even Sherman. The feared Union general’s long-dreaded visit came on May 3, 1865, nearly three months after the city was abandoned by Confederate troops, and just weeks following the war’s end.” That’s how the Post & Courier’s Brian Hicks begins his latest column, “During Reconstruction, strife hampers Charleston’s progress”. Charleston 1865 by...

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