|The City of
But what about the city of
Charleston and the many historic sites and tours available for the
visitors? Taking in some of these sights and tours will enhance the
visit of every Brother, his lady, or guest during the Biennial Session's
centennial celebration. The following is extracted from a visitor's guide
This is one of America's most beautifully preserved
architectural and historic treasures, with a rich, 300-year history
just waiting to be discovered. Hundreds of significant and
lovingly preserved structures from the colonial and antebellum periods
grace the Historic District's narrow streets. History unfolds
around every corner as past and present intertwine.
Visit Charles Towne Landing, the site where the
original settlement was established in 1670.
Explore the Charleston Museum, our nation's first
museum, or Patriots Point, the world's largest naval and maritime
museum and home of WW II's "Fighting Lady," the aircraft
Drive to Fort Moultrie, scene of the first decisive
American victory of the Revolution.
Take a scenic boat tour to Fort Sumter, the
man-made island fortress where the Civil War began.
Also, world-famous plantations and gardens in and
around Charleston offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into life
during the antebellum era. These tours are either walking, horse
and buggy, or bus tours.
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The area's lush sea islands
and sun-drenched beaches offer as much recreation as your heart
desires. Golf is on a world-class level, with challenging courses
reflecting the natural beauty of the South Carolina low country.
Charter fishing on the Gulf Stream or inshore waters is readily
available. Shopping is one of the most passionate pursuits of
visitors to Charleston. Marvel at native sweetgrass baskets and
handmade crafts found in Charleston's famous open-air market, or browse
through inviting boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops found
throughout the Charleston area.
When it comes to dining, your biggest decision
may just be what to try next. Every meal is a celebration of tastes,
with variety that ranges from traditional oyster roasts to fine
continental dining. If festivals strike your fancy, you have come to
the right place. You will be dazzled by a diverse array of special
events. At any time of year, you will always find more to see, do,
and experience than you ever imagined in a place where warm welcomes have
been a treasured tradition for over 300 years.
Noted etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart
has named Charleston the most mannerly city in America in her annual list
of the "Ten Most Mannerly Cities." According to Ms.
Stewart, "there's the beauty, the lifestyle, the pace. No
matter where you go, there is the genuine feeling of treating others the
way you would like to be treated." This is the seventh time
that Charleston has topped the annual list. The temperate fall and
winter months are the perfect time to enjoy the unique historic and resort
experiences of the Charleston Area. Also, Charleston is one of the
"Top Ten" cities in the world for value according to Travel
& Leisure. Southern Living magazine's 1999 Readers' Choice Poll
names Charleston as the favorite choice for a "Romantic
Getaway." And, Family Fun magazine has named Charleston the
second most popular city in the southeast for family vacations.
I hope the above has provided you the information
you seek about Charleston and that you will come a few days early or stay
a few days after the Bicentennial to enjoy this historic city. Make
your plans now as October 2001 will be here before you know it.
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Many plans are underway for celebrating the 200th
Anniversary and some of the activities in planning stages are:
|Public religious service|
|Public reception of distinguished visitors|
|Public dedication of display at Charleston Museum|
|Supreme Council Sessions open to all Scottish Rite Masons|
|Public concert on Yorktown|
|K. C. C. H. Investiture (Public) and 33° (33° only)|
|Dedication of marker at Shepheard's Tavern site (corner of Church
|Dedication of marker at Scottish Rite Center honoring the eleven
|Souvenir coins, commemorative plates, name tags, first day postal
covers, lapel pins, and large pictorial history of the Supreme