Charleston’s Old Exchange
Charleston has always been a port city. It’s Old Exchange was initially established as the Royal Exchange in 1771. During the Revolutionary War, it served as a dungeon for those disloyal to the crown during the British occupation. George Washington gave a speech on its Western balcony during his visit in 1791. Fast forward a bunch of decades, and Elizabeth Taylor would stand on the same balcony during the filming of the television series “North and South.”
The Old Exchange hosted the War of 1812 Symposium. The dungeon is worth the price of admission.
This post is part of a series on Charleston, South Carolina, the place I consider my hometown. A local’s-eye-view. Take notes, potential visitors. The first post in the series is here, the second post is here and the third post is here.