Do this First in Charleston, here’s why….
Bret is a real sucker for history, having been a licensed tour guide in New York City. When we arrived in Charleston we were excited to see what history was preserved for public consumption. Charleston is so beautifully preserved thanks to so many organizations. Museums are great, but there’s nothing like experiencing history first hand. Charles Towne Landing surprised us with its quality of experience and span of decades of history. Becoming a member of the park is worth it, as we have been able to go and experience the interactive nature of the beautiful grounds. If understanding the where and why of Charleston’s unique and rich history is part of your curiosity this place will answer many of your quandaries. You can see everything from early settlements to Plantation days, as the family that owned the land kept it until the 70s or 80s. It’s so nice to just walk the grounds and take photos. Check out our video where we give you a tour of the grounds, which includes a $5 audio tour (very much worth it), and some other fun sights to see.
Native American and African American History
They actually don’t shy away from the dark history of what early English settlers did to colonize this land. They discuss the now extinct natives, and even try to understand the long-ago white-washed African American history. We found it moving to see the unmarked cemetery, and some beautiful tributes to the Natives. It doesn’t erase what happened, but it certainly makes you take pause for what we have done to live in this country.
Native Plants and Animals
Now residing behind fences, you do get to meet and witness some of the beautiful wildlife that settlers greeted when they arrived. As you walk through the Animal discovery area. We were particularly enamored with the turkeys.
The location of the very first landing in Charleston. When you reach this location you can see why the English decided to build Charles Towne here before moving to the current peninsula. It’s a breathtaking view of the lowcountry. Understanding why humans migrate and live the way we did, helps us understand and atone so that we may continue to live in a peaceful world. We certainly felt at peace when standing at this point.