400 McGrath Darby Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC, US, 29464
- Phone: (843) 881-1722
- Fax: (843) 881-1723
Located in downtown Charleston, Alterman Studios Gallery was founded in 1980 and measures 6,000 square-feet, making it the largest photography complex. This complex has the Alterman Gallery, Jack Alterman's professional photography services, and the Charleston Center for Photography and Custom Services of Black & White, Copy, and Digital services. They also promote and teach the craft of photography and offer instruction for photographers at all levels of expertise. They also hold workshops on special topics like digital printing, wedding photography and studio lighting that helps add to a photographers skills.
Considered one of the first African American churches built in Charleston, the Central Baptist Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed in a Gothic and Italianate architectural style and completed in 1893, one of its greatest features are the Medieval Florentine folk art murals depicting biblical scenes. Located between Coming and St. Philip Streets, the two-story church has a small parking area on the side. There have been additions and modifications over the years. Those interested in history, architecture and Charleston's religious houses will find this church well worth a visit. Call the church for open and tour hours. -Natasha Lawrence
Located in the historic railroad district of Charleston, The visitor center is one of the best places to start your sightseeing journey of Charleston. If you are keen to know about the city's history, the center hosts slide shows known as 'Forever Charleston'. There are many exhibitions held focusing on the history and culture of the city using various art forms like photography and painting. You can avail information and tickets of most of the events being held in the city from the center.
Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum is America's first. The museum focuses on local historic, cultural, and natural history. Permanent exhibits include artifacts from 18th and 19th centuries, including slave tags and firearms from the Civil War. They also feature an impressive silver collection which includes the christening cup of George Washington. For those who like natural history, check out the bird collection and skeletons of local prehistoric animals. The museum also books tours with two nearby historic homes, the Joseph Manigualt House and the Heyward-Washington House. Museum and Historic Home prices are USD10 each, but you save if you book for two or more. Check the website for further details.
This is perhaps the most remarkable home on Charleston's downtown waterfront. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Aiken-Rhett House is a revealing architectural portrait of the antebellum South. Owned at one time by wealthy planter and former South Carolina governor William Aiken, the house is decorated with fine examples of classical art and sculpture. Around the home, the original servants quarters, sheds, kitchens, and stables reveal a fuller view of Charleston city life in the 1800s. The courtyard adjoining the house is used for a variety of events and programs as well.
Climb aboard the 21-passenger air-conditioned bus and prepare to be educated and entertained. This tour offers a two-hour exploration of Charleston and begins and ends at the Visitor Center where tickets can be purchased. The tour guide is fluent in the Gullah language and well versed in Gullah culture and history. Peppered with anecdotes and Gullah speak, tours are humorous and enlightening. The emphasis is on the influences and contributions of original black Charlestonians. A highlight: meeting Philip Simmons, blacksmith and Local National Treasure.
Located in Charleston's historioc district, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul is dedicated to the Episcopalians in South Carolina. Various concerts take place at this venue like the 'College of Charleston Concert Choir', 'Westminster Choir Concert' and 'Scott Bennett Organ Recital' to name a few. There are various ministries operating under the church like 'Children Chapel', Seamen's Ministry' and 'Episcopal Church Women'. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the church has a major contribution in the history of Charleston.
Designed by Gabriel Manigault for his brother, Joseph, this three-story brick house is built in the Adam style, or Federal style of architecture. The mansion features a sweeping staircase and rooms that are decorated in period style. There is also a garden and slave quarters on the property. Each December, the mansion is decorated for the holidays by the Garden Club of Charleston, using plants that would have only been available at the start of the 1800s. Tickets can be purchased at the house or through The Charleston Museum. Check the website for further details.
Founded by immigrant Polish and Prussian Jews who came to Charleston in the 19th and early 20th century, this synagogue is steeped in history. The synagogue holds adult education classes, Shabbat and Sukkot dinners, minyans and the famous Myrtle Beach Shabbaton. The synagogue also prepares Glatt Kosher meals for local hospitals. The prayer house is also available for weddings and special occasions. It forms the perfect backdrop for an traditional Jewish wedding. Contact the church for open hours or check website for events and services.
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church has more to it besides prayers and sermons. It is actively involved in development and enrichment of the community it caters to. The environment and outlook of this church encourages its patrons to explore and learn. The church also houses the Community Outreach Centre that is dedicated for the development and betterment of the lees fortunate people.
Built in 1809 by James and John Gordon, this edifice is known as the oldest edifice of Presbyterian faith of Charleston. Second Presbyterian Church strongly believes that in this ever-changing yet void society, its hard to have clarity in values and thus people live a fake life. So through its regular services, community programs and noble events, this church leads people to a journey for true love and true life. So, come by for a spiritual experience.