Did you know Broad Street originally had another name? | Photo by @explorecharleston
The city of Charleston was founded in 1670 and was established as Charles Town after King Charles II of England. Now that 350+ years have passed, the city and its streets are chock-full of vibrant history.
It’s safe to say that over the years, the city has been touched by countless historical figures and happenings — many of which have shaped the names of Charleston’s buildings, parks, and streets. In this guide, we’re delving into the history of Charleston’s streets — specifically how they were named.
The Lower Peninsula, generally located below Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, is brimming with historic homes, restaurants, theaters, and coffee shops.
Queen Street — Originally called Dock Street, this road was later renamed Queen Street after Caroline of Ansbach, the wife of King George II of Great Britain.
The Upper Peninsula, generally located north of the Septima Clark Parkway in downtown Charleston, is home to neighborhoods, breweries, and shopping.
Huger Street — Huger Street is named after Isaac Huger, a veteran of the Cherokee War and American Revolutionary War, who served as the first federal marshal for SC.
Septima P. Clark Parkway — The parkway was named after civil rights leader and educator Septima P. Clark, who was born in Charleston. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called her the “Mother of the Movement.”
CSO Masterworks 7 Fri: Dvorak’s 8th Symphony | Friday, March 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston | $28.75+ | Enjoy this program by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra lead by Associate Conductor Kellen Gray.
Saturday, March 25
Build Your Own Closed Terrarium Workshop | Saturday, March 25 | 1-3 p.m. | Commonhouse Aleworks, 4831 O’Hear Ave., North Charleston | $40 | Build your own closed terrarium — come early to grab lunch and libations before the class.
Charlotte’s Web | Saturday, March 25 | 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. | Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Charleston | $34.50 | Witness this classic story of the special friendship between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider on the stage.
Sunday, March 26
Sunday Figure Drawing Session | Sunday, March 26 | 5 p.m. | Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St., Charleston | $20 | Artists will work from a nude model in a variety of mediums with an instructor — all skill levels welcome.
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A new hotel project in downtown’s Medical District has received conceptual approval from the Board of Architectural Review. Plans include 143 Parisian-style apartment flats and a second floor pool.
Summerville Medical Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its expansion of surgical services. The $10.5 million investment adds 9,500 sqft of space, three operating rooms, and a minimally-invasive robotic surgical system + expands two care units. (Charleston Regional Business Journal)
The Cooper River Bridge Run is coming up on Saturday, April 1 and the Mount Pleasant Police Department has released street closure information ahead of the event. On Friday, March 31, delays and congestion are expected on Coleman Boulevard. View race day road closures. (WCSC)
The grand opening of Keith Summey North Charleston Library will be held on Thursday, April 20 on Rivers Avenue. Head to the ribbon cutting of the 20,000-sqft branch at 9 a.m. on opening day and stick around for chef demosand a program by local historian Dr. Nic Butler. (WCSC)
In case you missed it:The Culinary Bazaar fundraiser is set for this Saturday, March 25 at High Wire Distilling. The sale will feature new and gently-used items from the private collections of local foodies, chefs, and kitchens supporting Les Dames d’Escoffier Charleston‘s scholarship program.
Two new coffee blends from Charleston Coffee Roasters are benefiting coastal conservation in a community effort by Charleston Coffee Roasters, author Mary Alice Monroe, and the SC Aquarium. Find the Aquarium Blend and Beach House Blend at most Harris Teeter locations.
Did you know? Patients can address mental health concerns during primary care visits. Learn more in this ~4-minute listen from MUSC Health.*
$241. That’s the real price of a roundtrip ticket from Boston to Barcelona sold this year via Going — a travel membership that alerts you when flight prices drop. Sign up for a free membership or try an Elite membership for free if you’re interested in business and first class tickets, too.
Did you know today is the last day to enter our Six & Main Spring Forward Contest? The winner + two of their friends will receive a prize from one of our coffee/tea brand partners. Spring on over to Instagram to learn more.
In case you missed it:Cinnaholic has set its opening date for Friday, April 7. I’ll be getting a sneak peek the day before the opening and plan to share photos or videos of the space and those delicious-looking cinnamon buns. Stay tuned.