We rolled into downtown Charleston yesterday morning, with the promise of another sunny, warm day. This important city was the first one to be established in 1670 in South Carolina and was named after Englands King Charles II. Our guide Ruth took us around the city telling stories and teaching history along our adventure! We drove around the Citadel and as a bonus we were invited inside the chapel since the cadets had already left for the school year.
The Charleston City Market was formerly known as the Slave Market, as slaves would be sent here by their owners to buy food for households. Today it is a bustleing hangout for the tourists who shop for authentic sweet grass baskets originally made by the Gullah slave women.
Fort Sumter, located in the Charleston Harbor, was another stop on our adventure today. In 1861, the first shots of the Civil War were fired here, devastating Charleston in a short time. Since the city never recovered completely as the agricultural (rice, indigo and cotton) leader of exports Charleston rebuilt its economy through trade and industry.
We enjoyed a final wrap up of the Forest Gump movie with dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant. The waiter offered a game of trivia about the movie which our group had fun with since we had just watched the movie!