April 1, 2020

A reflection on the 350th anniversary of the founding of Carolina

“The roots of the present lie deep in the past, and nothing in the past is dead to the man who would learn how the present comes to be what it is.”

— Eola Willis, Charleston Renaissance actress, artist and...

March 4, 2020

Plantation Pathways

By Ben Schools

Cedar Hill Plantation resides on the East Branch of the Cooper River, southwest of Middleburg. Its acreage has changed during the course of many years but it still bears the remnants of inland and tidal rice fields. Currently it is the...

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...

January 8, 2020

Part VI: Charleston: The largest Jewish Community in the United States in the Early 19th Century

We saw in the most recent article in this series that Charleston was the largest Jewish community in the United States in 1820, likely numbering about 800 souls. New York’s...

July 31, 2019

Part II: Charleston’s Early Jews Vote, Gradually Increase in Numbers

The colony of Carolina was a remarkably accepting place for people of all religions, except Catholics, as we saw last month, Furthermore, the use of “reproachful, reviling or abusive” language against...

August 12, 2015

 Overcoat pistol,  John Schirer, Charleston, S.C. 1810-1820. Images courtesy The Charleston Museum.


These highly compact firearms from Charleston gunsmith John Schirer offered little in the way of accuracy. As one who tended to prefer style to subst...

August 12, 2015



I spent a recent steamy Saturday afternoon on a paddleboard in the middle of the Great Pee Dee River in the third-oldest city in South Carolina. The view from the river on that July afternoon is a scene not unique to many of us living in the Lowcountry — the Spanish...

July 16, 2015

          Sullivan’s Island has been the ideal beachside getaway from the Holy City for nearly as long as there has been a Charleston from which to get away. While today’s beach mansion expansion is something with which we’re all familiar, the island has long been a ma...

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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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