Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina

Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina

One of the oldest and prominent streets in Charleston, South Carolina. It is known for its wealth of historic buildings.

During the 1700s, the eastern portion of Broad Street was occupied solely by merchants and craftsmen until the “Four Corners of Law” (Federal Courthouse and Post Office, the County Courthouse, City Hall, and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church) were built on their respective corners of Broad and Meeting Streets. The collection of buildings transformed Charleston into a legal and financial capital.

The wealthiest families lived ‘South Of Broad Street’. The rich plantation owners lived there,  but people outside the city began referring to their relatives as the “SOB’. You figure LOL.

Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina

This spot was also part of the original wall which protected the city from the Spanish in St. Augustine, Florida.

John Rutledge House, located at 116 Broad Street, holds a second floor drawing room where several drafts of the United States Constitution were written. At that time Charleston was the wealthiest city in the US.

 

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