September 30, 2020

Our 2020 hurricane season has seen so many storms that by mid-September meteorologists ran out of given names and resorted to the Greek alphabet to complete the season. Fortunately for Charleston, none of this tropical weather has reached the magnitude of the great cyc...

September 3, 2020

President James Monroe enjoyed a popularity second only to that of George Washington. His 1819 Southern tour was to inspect coastal defenses and to enable him to become acquainted with the people of the region. He came to Charleston during “the era of good feelings” an...

June 26, 2020

Every South Carolina school child learns about the patriots’ stunning defeat of the mighty British navy on June 28, 1776. They learned how heroic Sergeant Jasper recovered the crescent flag, raised it on a temporary staff and held it under fire until a new staff was in...

January 14, 2020

One of the most picturesque institutions of Old Charleston was the street vendors hawking their wares. Some sold ice for the “ice boxes,” while others sold vegetables, flowers and beautiful handmade baskets. Many women carried their wares in baskets balanced on top of...

November 5, 2019

Today Clark Mills is practically forgotten in Charleston, in spite of the fact that his studio at 51 Broad St. has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a self-taught sculptor, Mills pioneered new techniques in bronze casting, built his own foundr...

June 12, 2019

Gun battles. Murders. Executions, fantastical prophesies — all in the Palmetto State’s own parish of St. Denis. It’s a sensational tale of colonial life on the French Santee, one incident among many that has resurfaced thanks to the recent publication of The Huguenot C...

June 12, 2019

The “story behind the story” is far more compelling than a brief recitation of the attributes of the lovely frame home at 140 Broad St. The original house on this site once belonged to Postmaster Alfred Huger, a respected member of Charleston’s planter aristocracy who...

June 12, 2019

The trio of Italianate brownstone buildings at 7, 9 and 11 Broad Street are often grouped together in photographs and their histories are uniquely Charleston.

Number 7 Broad Street was built in the 1850s for brokers William M. Martin and John C. Martin. It is thought th...

May 9, 2019

According Dr. David Ramsay’s History of South Carolina, the Bank of South Carolina was organized once the state recovered from the post-Revolutionary War depression. In anticipation of its operation, in 1796 the bank purchased a lot at the northwest corner of Broad and...

April 4, 2019

Towering above Broad Street is the People’s Building, Charleston’s first skyscraper. At the time of its construction, many hailed it as a sign of progress while others were afraid it would ruin the city’s iconic skyline. The controversy over the People’s Building fores...

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Nearly 20 years ago, an editor noted that we are “… not the West Ashley Mercury, not the Peninsula Mercury, not the James Island Mercury…” To this day, we remain a publication for the entire Lowcountry. We send each month’s print edition to fifty fine neighborhoods in our area and to subscribers in to 34 states.  For thousands of Charleston Mercury readers, we continue the mission as he simply stated it — “to bring attention to what makes the real Lowcountry tick.” We hope all those who care about our arts, culture, outdoors, quality of life and all that "pluff mud magic" that We People love so dear will enjoy these "salmon sheets."

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