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The Ansonborough Inn is conveniently located within the historic Ansonborough district of Charleston. Here are a few of the many local points of interest which are within walking distance of the Inn. Be sure to visit the Charleston Visitors Center at 375 Meeting Street which offers information on all the area's attractions and sites as well as discount tickets and coupons.

Parks, Sights & Tours

Waterfront Park - Located on 1,280 feet of waterfront property along Concord Street, this public park offers something for visitors of all ages. From the 400 foot pier you can watch the great ships as they pass through Charleston Harbour. Or watch as people come and go while sitting on the swings under the pavilions. Or dance in the water in one of the park's two fountains!

Location: Along Concord Street from Queen Street to Tradd Street.

The Four Corners of Law - At the intersection of Broad and Meeting Street, you'll find:

The Battery - A row of exquisite homes and a waterfront park stretching along the tip of the Charleston peninsula. This area is 5-6 blocks south of the Inn and is one of the most popular areas to photograph and paint in historic Charleston.

Old City Market - An open air market sited in the old market which is a favorite of visitors to the area.

Location: Bordered by South and North Market Streets between Meeting Street and East Bay Street, Charleston

Charleston Carriage Tours - Several companies in the area provide horse drawn carriage tours of historic Charleston. All carriages leave from the Old City Market in the area bordered by Anson and Church Streets.

Charleston Tours - There are many ways to explore the city including:

Historic Houses and Buildings

Calhoun Mansion - This Victorian Baronial Manor House was built by George Walton Williams, a wealthy merchant and banker., following the Civil War. (circa 1876). The mansion is 24,000 square feet and has 14-foot ceilings, ornate plaster, wood mouldings, elaborate chandeliers, a stairwell that reaches to a 75-foot domed ceiling, as well as a ballroom with a coved glass skylight that is 45 feet high. Used as the "Hazard" house in the mini-series "North and South."

Open: Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed in January.

Location: 16 Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston

Telephone: 803/722-8205

The Charleston Museum Houses

Edmondston-Alston House - The stately Edmondston-Alston House on Charleston's High Battery is one of the city's most splendid dwellings, a gracious example of early nineteenth century commitment to elegance, style and comfort.

Open: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4:40 p.m., Sunday and Monday , 1:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Location: 21 East Battery in Downtown Charleston

Telephone: 803/556-6020

Nathaniel Russell House - Since the early 1800's, visitors have admired the townhouse of Nathaniel and Sarah Russell, completed in 1808. Set amid spacious gardens, the "mansion-house" is recognized as one of America's most important neoclassical dwellings. The graceful interiors with elaborate plasterwork ornamentation geometrically shaped rooms and a magnificent free-flying staircase are about the most exuberant ever created in early America. Furnished with period antiques and works of art, many of Charleston origin, the house evokes the gracious life-style of the city's merchant elite.

Admission Tickets: Available at the site, and the Edmunds Preservation Center at 108 Meeting Street. Combination ticket available with the Edmondston-Alston House Museum Located at: 21 East Battery, Charleston Pre-school children free. Group Discounts available for groups of 12 or more. Guided Tours Daily:Monday-Saturday from 10-5 P.M.: Sunday from 2-5 P.M.

For more information contact: Nathaniel Russell House, 51 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Telephone: 803/724-8481

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon - Over 300 years of pirates, presidents, patriots and preservation make the Olde Exchange and Provost Dungeon one of the most historic places you'll see on your visit to Charleston. Charleston's first customs house and exchange was built by the British in 1771.

Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: 122 East Bay Street at Broad Street, Charleston

Telephone: 803/727-2165

Historic Churches

The Circular Congregation Church at 150 Meeting Street was organized in 1681 with it's present building built in 1891.

Congregation Beth Elohim at 90 Hasell Street is the second oldest synagogue in the US and the oldest in continuous use.

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church at 89 Hasell Street is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in South Carolina.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church at Meeting at Broad Street is the oldest church edifice in the city - it was completed in 1761.


The Charleston Museum - The Charleston Museum, founded in 1773, is the first and oldest museum in America. The museum's collections preserve and interpret the social and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina coastal region. Objects from natural history science, cultural history, historical archaeology, ornithology and ethnology departments are presented to illustrate the important contribution each had to the history of this area.

Location: 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC

Telephone: 803/722-2996

Museum Hours: Open Daily Mon-Sat 9-5, Sunday 1-5

Civil War Museum - See Charleston's largest collection of civil war long arms, cavalry saddles, and excavated Confederate artifacts. Other exhibits include Civil War uniforms, swords, pistols, artillery projectile, and flags. The museum also includes Charleston's largest gallery of authentic Civil War antiques offered for sale.

Open: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Location: Sumter Military Museum Antiques and Museum, 54 Broad Street, Charleston

Telephone: 803/577-7766

Gibbs Museum of Art - One of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast. The collection is comprised of views of Charleston, portraits of notable South Carolinians, paintings, prints and drawings from the 18th century to the present.

Open: Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. & Mon. 1 - 5 p.m.

Location: 135 Meeting Street, Charleston

Telephone: 803/722-2706

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The Ansonborough Inn of Charleston, South Carolina

21 Hasell Street
Charleston, SC 29401

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