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Charleston S.C. - Port on the Intracoastal Waterway
by Howard Giske

Charleston, South Carolina is a lively port, located on the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Population is a little more than 100,000 in an area of 97 square miles in the city, and 600,000 in the metropolitan area. It is quite a historic town, being founded in 1670, with much old architecture restored after various natural disasters. Historic sites include the huge Live Oaks covered with Spanish moss, and the Old Exchange and Customs House, completed in 1771. Charleston's economy includes its port and tourism. The Old Exchange and Customs House in downtown Charleston, finished in 1771, features a dungeon and was the site of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

The city is also home to many major companies such as Amoco-Distribution Center, a Bosch Plant, a Carolina First Bank - Charleston regional offices and Verizon Wireless - South Eastern Corporate Center. The Port of Charleston has of five terminals. A new terminal is being built by the former Naval Shipyard Grounds. Charleston is made up of a main peninsula surrounded numerous islands. The City of Charleston proper includes the main peninsula, West Ashley, and East Cooper. These are just some of the neighborhoods you can learn about in Charleston homes.

Charleston is located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and has three large marinas in the city. The Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water. The City Marina has a huge dock called the MegaDock, which extends 1,530 feet into the water, and is the largest dock on the Southeast coast. The marina takes you right to the heart of Historic Downtown Charleston location. There is also nearby dock space at Harborage at the Ashley Marina. Both of these marinas are on the Ashley River side of the Charleston Peninsula. On the other, facing the Atlantic is the Charleston Maritime Center, completed in October 1997. This is part of the effort to renew downtown Charlestown, and this marina is located near the South Carolina Aquarium, at 10 Wharfside Street. Several hotels, the King Street shopping district, and Waterfront Park are right nearby. Charleston Maritime Center can accommodate boats up to 180' in length. There is also a special events facility at the Maritime Center, for events of from 20 to 5000 people.

The Charleston area is served by Charleston International Airport. The city is also served by a bus system, operated by the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). Other parts of the metropolitan Area are served by a bus system, operated by Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Rural Transportation Management Association (BCD-RTMA).

Charleston's Gibbes Museum of Art has an extensive art collection of American portraiture, going back to colonial times and over 10,000 works of fine art. Another charming tourist site is the Audubon Swamp Garden located at 3550 Ashley River Rd. This 60-acre blackwater cypress and tupelo swamp can be viewed by visitors from causeways and bridges. It is home to all local species of wildlife, including alligators, and is planted with hundreds of varieties flowers and vegetation.

Colleges in Charleston include the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University, which is run by the Southern Baptists, Charleston School of Law, and Medical University of South Carolina.

About the Author

Howard Giske writes about Charleston homes and nationwide real estate at

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