Charleston and Lowcountry South Caolina Lesser Known Attractions
Note: Please Google all of these attractions to determine if they’re still open and which days of the week they’re open.
1. Cabbage Row
89-91 Church Street, believed to be the model for Catfish Row in “Porgy and Bess.” On the ground floor are 2 shops named Porgy and Bess.
2. Sewee Shell Ring
This is a very old ring of shells northwest of Charleston. There are theories why its there, but basically its like somebody had a very big oyster roast and dropped the shells around them. Click to visit Forest Service Website
3. Coburg Dairy Cow
901 Savannah Hwy 29407
Giant rotating cow on a tall pedestal.
4. Philadelphia Alley, Charleston
The last place dueling was legal in Charleston; it may be haunted.
5. Angel Oak
An ancient live oak with 17000 square foot canopy, 400 – 1500 years old.
Here’s the link to the website
6. Mepkin Abbey
Near Monck’s Corner — former home of Henry and Clare Booth Luce, original home of Henry Laurens. Donated to Monastic Order. mepkinabbey.com
7. Unitarian Churchyard
Dr. Edmund Ravenel became a sort of mentor to Edgar A Perry, a soldier who fell in love with Annabel Ravenel. The two met under the oaks in the Unitarian Church until her father discovered it, locked her in her room and a few months later she died of yellow fever. Edgar A Perry became Edgar Allen Poe and Annabel was immortalized in Annabel Lee.
8. Morgan’s Island (“Monkey Island”)
Illegal to step foot on, but you can get near by boat — the monkeys will probably enjoy the company.
10. Macaulay Museum of Dental History
11. Genuine African village in Seabrook, SC.
Look into this one before you go, evidently it’s very authentic. (These folks probably take their culture, religion, and … independence quite seriously, so know before you go.)
14. The Grocery
They have authentic “lamb ham.”
15. Poogan’s Porch
Haunted restaurant by Zoe St Armand — supposedly great food. Some say 11 am best time for visit? (Named for hound that hung out on porch.)
16. Wentworth Mansion
An old Gothic property with great views and may be haunted, plus they serve “chicken fried lobster.”
17. Waring Historical Library
Apparently this features lots of medical oddities.
18. Poe’s Tavern
This is down on Sullivan’s Island where he was stationed. Great “innovative” burgers, huge side fries, and a atmosphere celebrating Poe.
19. Mars Bluff, SC
This town is just west of Florence and has the distinction of having had an atomic bomb dropped on it — crater still exists along with a monument.
20. Wadmalaw Island
Home to world’s 2d largest sweet tea “glass” — brewed 1400 gallons in June 2015.
21 Summerville SC
Home to world’s largest sweet tea jar — replica mason jar filled with 2524 gallons sweet tea in 2016
22. Spanish Singing Produce Truck.
4 giant vegetable sing in Spanish. 411 Hibben Dr., Mount Pleasant, SC off Coleman Blvd.
23. Georgetown Maritime Museum
Features the oldest vessel on display in country
24. Marsh-Wright House in Georgetown
Features 16 matched Duncan-Phyfe chairs around a Chippendale banquet table, if you’re interested in that.
25. Old Post Office Restaurant Edisto Island
Lots of Postal memoribillia, in fact ther website says “Post Office and Old Post Office are trademarks of USPS and are used with permission under license.” Click to visit
26. Atalaya Castle in Brookhaven Gardens in Murrells Inlet.
Features 40000 square feet and 42 rooms. Many of Mrs. Huntington’s sculptures are in Brookhaven’s Gardens Click to visit