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South of Broad in Charleston

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Savannah’s
cobbled Historic District corners the market on ghost tours and manicured
squares, but Charleston’s mansard-rich sister offers it-happened-here Dixie
lore and is noticeably less touristy and at least as beautiful. Visitors stroll
block after block of corniced brick multilevel buildings graced by canopies of
Spanish moss, palm trees, and flowering gardens. These 300-year-old merchants’
homes retain a West Indies influence, notable in the south-facing porches
designed to catch sea breezes. The secession of the Confederacy was hatched in
this neighborhood’s parlors, and the Civil War’s first shots were fired at Fort
Sumter, within sight of the bedroom windows.

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South of Broad in Charleston

Savannah’s
cobbled Historic District corners the market on ghost tours and manicured
squares, but Charleston’s mansard-rich sister offers it-happened-here Dixie
lore and is noticeably less touristy and at least as beautiful. Visitors stroll
block after block of corniced brick multilevel buildings graced by canopies of
Spanish moss, palm trees, and flowering gardens. These 300-year-old merchants’
homes retain a West Indies influence, notable in the south-facing porches
designed to catch sea breezes. The secession of the Confederacy was hatched in
this neighborhood’s parlors, and the Civil War’s first shots were fired at Fort
Sumter, within sight of the bedroom windows.

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America's Most Beautiful Neighborhoods

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