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Sometimes referred to as the “best-mannered” city in the United States, and long heralded as a city that presents Southern beyond your imagination and sense, Charleston is a port city in South Carolina. Boasting a historic downtown district sitting on a peninsula formed by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers as they flow on down to the Atlantic Ocean, Charleston is home to some of the oldest buildings in the United States, and not have roughly any skyscrapers taking over the skyline because of the height restrictions in place.
First established in 1670 and captured during the Civil War without any property damage incurred, Charleston was the first cities in the United States to pass a historical preservation ordinance, and it is for this reason—among others—that the city has remained such a popular place with visitors to the South. Nowhere else can you experience an intoxicating blend of Southern traditions mixed with history and culture all blended together.
From the Exchange and Provost Building built back in 1767, home to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, to places like the Powder Magazine museum or the Nathaniel Russell House or the Market Hall and Sheds, there is no end to the history that you can find within the city. Beyond that, however, Charleston is also known as being one of the most religiously tolerant cities in the nation, especially during the old days, and has earned the nickname “The Holy City” due to the sheer number of church steeples that rise above the rest of the buildings in the city.
There are plenty of parks throughout the town as well, but what many people forget is that Charleston is also a coastal destination, which means there is access to plenty of places like Folly Beach or Sullivan’s Island where visitors can get a taste of Atlantic coastline at the same time they are experiencing Southern hospitality at its finest.
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Summerville is situated in north of Charleston in Dorchester County and its motto is "The Flower Town in the Pines". Numerous and millions of spring blossoms give an attractive look in public gardens and in private, especially azaleas, including the mid-town Azalea Park. Here in Summerville, pine trees are believed to be sacred. This can be clearly depicted from their motto "Sacra Pinus Esto” which if translated to English means “the Pine is Sacred”.
Summerville is the SC equivalent of the Berkshires in the north. Inhabitants of the "Low Country" spent the summers at Summerville's higher elevation to escape from the heat, mosquitoes and disease.
".. Summerville has been declared among the two most attractive places in all over thee world by the International Congress Physicians for the proper treatment and recovery of lung disorders. It is also founded well in the purported healing aspects of [pine] tree's turpentine scent".
The railroad was established following the integration of the village in 1847. In order to preserve their pine trees, they passed a law that prohibited people from cutting them down . Permission should be requested to do so and offenders were required to pay an amount of $25 which was a hefty amount back then. This ordinance has been recorded in the books of United States.
Summerville suffered damage after the War Between the States from the 1886 earthquake that was caused of downtown fire which destroyed many of the buildings nearby the town square.
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