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Charleston is located in Charleston County and it is the county seat. It is situated along Interstate 26 on a peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper rivers. The meeting of these rivers forms its harbor, three miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Francis Marion National Forest is just northeast.

Charleston was founded in 1670 and derived its name from King Charles II of England. The city was the capital of the colony and the state from 1670 to 1790. Until the American Revolution, Charleston was considered to be the richest city in the South. Its wealth was based on exports of rice and indigo, as well as trade with Indians in the Ohio and Mississippi river regions. The first American steam locomotive in regular service began running out of Charleston in 1830.

Attractions include the Gibbes Museum of Art and the historic Dock Street Theatre. From January to December, there are events such as the world famous Spoleto Festival USA and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

Charleston is part of the Charleston-North Charleston metro area.

Audubon Wildlife Gallery | Medical University Of South Carolina |
Art City Hall Gallery-Charleston | Elizabeth Lyle Gallery | Forever Charleston | Gordon Wheeler Gallery | Lowcountry Legends Music Hall | One of a Kind Gallery | Serenade Show, Charleston Music Hall | Terry Katz Gallery | Charleston Heritage Passport | Charleston Tea Party Walking Tour | Charleston Visitor Center | Kenda Sweet Events | The Lightsey Center |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Brasington House Bed & Breakfast | East Bay Bed & Breakfast | Hayne House |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Alice's Fine Foods and Southern Cooking | Ambrosia Bread and Pastries | Cappy's Seafood Restaurant | Captain Stacks | Harbor View Restaurant | Magnolia's - Uptown/Down South | Magnolias | Market Square | Mimi's Cafe | Pusser's Landing | Saracen Restaurant & Charlie's Little Ba |
History Best Friend Museum and Shop | Charleston Maritime Center | Circular Congregation Church | Edmondston - Alston House | Magnolia Cemetery | Middleton Place | Old City Market | Postal Museum | Rainbow Row | St Michael's Episcopal Church | Thomas Elfe House |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Quality Inn-Heart of Charleston | Fort Sumter National Monument |
Residential and Commercial Real Estate First Realty Of Charleston | Rod Weader Realtor |
South Carolina Counties Charleston County |
Shopping Cherry Valley Furniture | King Street Antique Mall |
Health Resorts and Spas Urban Nirvana Day Spa |
Transportation Charleston International Airport |
Wildlife Viewing Ohlandt Veterinary Clinic |

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12/14 Coming to The area
Colleton County Rice Festival Walterboro SC April26-28 Rice Run-Walk, Dog Show, Open Car Show. Performance by Common Ground.
Seafoodfest on the River Savannah GA May3-5 There is something for everyone as the price points and medium are wonderfully varied. Also make sure you check out the hot new stuff up and down River Street in over one hundred shops, restaurants and pubs!
Glennville Sweet Onion Festival Glennville GA May11 Glennville's biggest annual event, the Glennville Sweet Onion Festival, has hosted over 35 years of events, and sunny skies have just about shone upon every one. The festive day on the second Saturday of each May celebrates the harvesting of the famous Vidalia sweet onion crop.
Spoleto Festival Charleston SC May24-June9 Spoleto Festival has firmly established itself as one of the world’s major arts festivals and as one of the most significant arts organizations in the Southeast.
Effingham Oktoberfest Effingham GA September27-28 The Effingham Oktoberfest is supported and organized by the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce. The Festival is free and open to the public and parking shuttles run continuously.