A century before Boston became been the birthplace of the American Revolution, Carolina Colony was the birthplace of entertainment and leisure activities in Colonial America. Building a civilized city in the uncultivated New World was hard work, but Southern settlers made sure to leave time for life’s lighter pursuits. Every aspect of the port city elicited pleasure, from the architecture, to the magnificent parks and manicured gardens.. Throughout the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Great Depression, Charleston and other seaside towns along South Carolina’s coast were fertile ground for art, music, and opportunity. It’s no wonder the region has drawn famous characters for hundreds of years, from political leaders (George Washington; Thomas Heyward, Jr.; John C. Calhoun) to pirates (Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard), and the artists, writers, musicians, and architects who ushered in the Charleston Renaissance in the twentieth century.
Take a journey through Charleston’s past with a look at the talented people and inspiring events that shaped the city and surrounding region into a cultural mecca of art, music, dance, and design. Each chapter features an itinerary for a walking or driving tour to help readers appreciate the lesser-known side of Charleston’s entertaining past.
Shelia Watson is the author of several books, features, articles, and screenplays. Her first love is history, and she is passionate about recreating the fascinating details of bygone years in written form. She lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband and an assortment of dogs and cats. She is proud of the fact that one of her ancestors is carved in wax at the Charleston Provost Dungeon.