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Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series

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As our list of travel itineraries grows, the historic destinations you can visit online or in person are virtually endless! Each itinerary is a self-guided tour to historic places most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Spotlighting different communities, geographic regions and themes across the country, the travel itineraries expose you to a huge variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries can help you plan your next trip!

Sample Travel Itinerary Proposal

Sample Travel Itinerary Proposal

Charleston, South Carolina

On behalf of the Architecture and Preservation Division of the Department of Planning and Urban Development for the City of Charleston, I am pleased to indicate our interest in creating a travel itinerary with the National Register of Historic Places. We would like to submit a proposal for a thematic online itinerary that would include community and religious sites located on the peninsula of Charleston. This selection of National Register sites addresses many of the priorities outlined in your Proposal Guidelines such as: appealing to a broad audience, reflecting cultural diversity, focusing on a community that offers additional tourist information via the Web, and stimulating interest in National Register sites across several communities.

  • The variety of architectural styles seen in Charleston such as Gothic Revival, Neoclassical, Federal, Georgian, Italian Renaissance and Charleston Vernacular will appeal to a broad audience. The history of these sites and the different religious and ethnic groups represented in this selection reflect Charleston's rich cultural heritage.
  • This selection focuses on a community that offers additional tourist information via the Web. This Web site could link to a multitude of Charleston Web sites such as the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Historic Charleston Foundation, South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston Multimedia Project, City of Charleston, and others.
  • The City of Charleston is already a well-known tourist destination because of its history and pioneering efforts in preservation. We believe that this project provides an opportunity to heighten public awareness of less frequently visited sites within Charleston's National Register District, and educate the public about the National Register itself.

    Attached is a list of those properties we suggest for the itinerary. The majority of these sites are individually listed; the rest are contributing buildings within the Charleston Old and Historic District. National Register documentation has already been requested for those properties for which we lack documentation.

    Color photographs can be provided for all of the selected properties as well as a map on which the location of all sites will be identified. There are also reproductions of historic photographs available for a select number of sites. We have attached a short bibliography and list of website links to this proposal, and will continue to add these as we progress. If our proposal is accepted, we plan to discuss with your further possible contextual essay topics, and have already identified several individuals who could write these for us. Our Mayor is very enthusiastic about this project, and will be happy to contribute a Welcome Letter.

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Joe Smith
    Preservation Planner
    City of Charleston
    (843) 555-1212

    List of Community and Religious Sites in Charleston, South Carolina

    William Enston Home/900 King St./NR # 96000493
    Porter Military Academy/175 Ashley Ave./96000685
    Coming Street Cemetery/191 Coming St./96001223
    Central Baptist Church/26 Radcliffe St./77001217
    Old Bethel United Methodist Church/222 Calhoun St./75001693
    Bethel Methodist Church/57 Pitt St./74002260
    College of Charleston/66 George St./71000748
    South Carolina State Arsenal/2 Tobacco St./70000577
    Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue/90 Hasell St./78002499
    St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church/93 Hasell St./76001697
    Market Hall and Sheds/188 Meeting St./73001689
    United States Custom House/200 E. Bay St./74001834
    Powder Magazine/79 Cumberland St./72001200
    Circular Congregational Church and Parish House/150 Meeting St./73001683
    Unitarian Church/6 Archdale St./73001696
    Old Marine Hospital/20 Franklin St./73001690
    St. Philip's Episcopal Church/146 Church St./73001695
    Dock Street Theatre/135 Church St./73001684
    French Huguenot Church/136 Church St./73001687
    Old Slave Mart/6 Chalmers St./75001694
    Fireproof Building/100 Meeting St./69000161
    Hibernian Hall/105 Meeting St./73001686
    Charleston County Courthouse/1 Courthouse Sq./74001835
    St. Michael's Episcopal Church/80 Meeting St./66000704
    United States Post Office/83 Broad St./74001835
    Citizens and Southern National Bank of South Carolina
    South Carolina Bank of Charleston/16 Broad St./73001693
    Farmers and Exchange Bank/141 E. Bay St./73001685
    Exchange and Provost Building/E. Bay and Broad Sts./69000160

    The following buildings contribute to the Charleston Old and Historic District (NR #66000964)

    Avery Institute/125 Bull St.
    St. Mathew's German Lutheran Church/405 King St.
    Marion Square/Bounded by King, Meeting, Calhoun, and Hutson
    Emanuel A.M.E. Church/110 Calhoun St.
    St. John's Lutheran Church/5 Clifford St.
    Old Jail/8 Magazine St.
    Charleston Library Society
    German Friendly Society/164 King St.
    Charleston City Hall/80 Broad St.
    South Carolina Society Hall/72 Meeting St.
    First Scots Presbyterian/53 Meeting St.

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