The predominant style of house is built with a side porch situated to catch the salt breezes during the hot humid summers. Charming private gardens are tucked behind decorative gates or at the back of narrow brick paved alleys. This is a great city for walking along the narrow streets, stopping to read all the historic markers that note the date it was built, the first owners name and profession, as well as some background about the structures history.
Saint John the Baptist Cathedral was open when we walked past so we took a peak. This church, built between 1890 and 1907 is made of Connecticut brownstone.
Charleston is also famous for the location where the first shot of the Civil War was fired a Ft. Sumter. A ferry to the fort leaves from Patriots Point.
On April 12, 1861 the first shell was fired from Fort Johnson over Fort Sumter. Shelling continued through the night and after the officers quarters were set on fire with a "hot shot" cannonball, the fort was surrendered. No one on either side had been killed during the engagement but the Civil War had begun.