Lay of the Land
Charleston is located on a peninsula bordered by two rivers: the Cooper and Ashley. In its early years, wealthy inhabitants considered only the areas south of Broad Street acceptable neighborhoods. Subsequently, this invisible boundary marker moved north to Calhoun Street, creating the town’s current center around Market and Queen Streets. As the town continues to outgrow its geographical restrictions, north Charleston is beginning to open up and today boasts fun restaurants and shops, especially on Upper King.
Plantations, a source of great wealth to the area, are dotted around South Carolina, but were quite often the home to malaria-ridden mosquitoes. Wealthy planters built houses in town to escape the deadly disease, and to be closer to cultural happenings.