An Afternoon in the Lowcountry

In addition to the peninsula of downtown Charleston the surrounding Lowcountry has many beautiful historical sites and beaches. Here are a few of our suggestions.

Drayton Hall

The iconic 18th-century estate in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the nation's earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture and the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public.

3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414

Middleton Place

A National Historic Landmark and home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America.

4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414

The Angel Oak

The is thought to be one of the oldest living oak trees east of the Mississippi River. Estimated to be 400-500 years old, this Southern live oak has survived a number of hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. It was damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but recovered and continues to grow.

Its name comes from the Angel Estate, owned by couple Justus Angel and Martha Waight Angel. However, local legends say the ghosts of former slaves appear as angels around the tree.

3688 Angel Oak Road, Charleston, SC 29455

Sullivan's Island

Sullivan's Island is a two and a half-mile long barrier island at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. The island was settled in the late 17th Century by Captain Florence O'Sullivan while he was stationed as a lookout. It has a strong military background having been the site of a major Revolutionary War battle, The Battle of Sullivan's Island, as well as being involved in the first shots of the American Civil War.

Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

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