"Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery" is a common self-help mantra that indicates it's best to forget the past, but it's an antithetical formula for the visitor to Charleston. From the cobblestone streets that still line the lower peninsula to centuries-old seawalls that line Battery Row, Charleston is a city where history begs to be explored. And her attractions span a wide timeline: An expansive oak tree that some estimate to be 1,500 years old; plantations and public gardens started in the 1600s; forts that were part of the Revolutionary War in the late 1700s, the Civil War in the 1860s and World War II in the 1940s.
To experience the timeline in one visit, perhaps a trip to The Charleston Museum is in order. Or, concentrate on certain timeline eras, such as the H.L. Hunley submarine to relive the Civil War years, or Middleton Place where re-enactors frequently portray what plantation life was like in the early 1800s.
Visitors will find history at the forefront of interest when they come to the Holy City, and they'll find attractions that help unravel any mystery that may lie within them. The chief question they may be left asking is: "Tomorrow, what shall we explore?"