Covid-19 Update

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2, 2021: Per Charleston County requirement all persons must wear face coverings when in Charleston County indoor public spaces. Accordingly, masks must be worn while visiting The Charleston Museum and its historic houses. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

General News

Downtown Flooding

Have you ever wondered why downtown Charleston can sometimes get such horrendous flooding? Anyone who has had to drive through deep ponding on downtown streets surely has. A Museum staff member’s minivan literally floated in one of these floods! The answer lies in the natural history of the area. Long…

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Storeroom Stories: Souvenir spoon and machine dies

Fashion and Function: Bonnets Souvenir spoon and machine dies James Allan & Company Charleston, 1900-1905 On April 14, 1865, four years to the day after surrendering Fort Sumter to the Confederacy, Union General Robert Anderson was back in Charleston reclaiming what was left of it for the United States. For…

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“My table must be well supplied without waste…”

Charlotte Drayton Manigault was born to Charles Drayton and Hester (or Ester) Middleton in 1781 on their plantation in Goose Creek. Hester Middleton Drayton was the sister of Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and died when Charlotte was eight years old. By all accounts Charles Drayton was…

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Dave Jars

At some point in his early life, Dave, a man born into slavery circa 1800, learned the fine art of throwing, turning, and glazing various forms of pottery including churns, storage jars, pitchers, and jugs. While it is popularly presumed that Dave learned pottery while enslaved under Harvey Drake, Dr….

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Oligocene Whales: Evolution and Biodiversity

  Xenorophus Skull The Charleston Museum houses the largest collection of exquisite Oligocene whales in the world. The Oligocene epoch, a period of geologic time that spans from roughly 34 to 23 million years ago, is unarguably and important time period in regards to whale evolution and diversification. All of…

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