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Charleston is a city of great homes, wonderful food and superior shopping--a lot like New Orleans without the vice. While there, the John Rutledge House Inn was home. Rutledge signed the Declaration of Independence and planning for both the Revolution and the Civil War took place in this mansion home and carriage house. This is the only home in America where one can stay overnight in the residence of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
|Views from the Battery, looking towards Fort Sumter and along the Battery itself. From Broad St. to the Battery can be found the finest homes of Charleston. Natives refer to themselves as living S.O.B. (South of Broad) with great pride.|
|Views of the Joseph Manigault House, one of the many mansions of Charleston. The Manigaults were Huguenots who fled religious persecution in France. The home was built between 1803 and 1807.|
|Replica of the Hunley submarine which was used during the Civil War but suddenly sank, killing all on-board. The actual submarine has been recovered in recent years and can be viewed in Charleston.|
|Approaching Fort Sumter from the water and views from within the Fort. The Civil War began here on April 12, 1861. Although most of what is left of the Fort are ruins, in its heyday, the Fort consisted of a three story pentagon building with five foot thick walls. While the Confederacy controlled the Fort, Charleston was an irritating hole in the North's naval blockade.|
|View of various flags that have flown over Fort Sumter.|
|The Aircraft Carrier, U.S.S. Yorktown, docked in Charleston Harbor.|
|Cooper River Bridge, connecting the Charleston peninsula to Mt. Pleasant, SC.|
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