What would be a vacation to South Carolina without a bit of shopping! Charleston’s City Market has more than 50 artisans weave a variety of Gullah baskets; one of the oldest handcrafts of African origin found in the U.S. and a perfect souvenir to ship or take home with you as a reminder of this historic region.
The Charleston City Market, one of the nation’s oldest public markets and the cultural heart of Charleston. They are home to more than 300 vibrant entrepreneurs, and are open every day of the year except December 25th. No matter what time of day or season you plan to visit, there is something to see, do, taste, and take home
JetBlue recently featured the Charleston City Market in their new video. You can check it our here on their website https://www.thecharlestoncitymarket.com/main/explore-the-market
HISTORY OF THE CHARLESTON CITY MARKET
In 1788, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney ceded the land to the City of Charleston for the express use as a public market, and he stipulated that the land must remain in use as a market for perpetuity.
To fulfill this requirement, the low buildings—sheds—that stretch from Market Hall to the waterfront were built between 1804 and the 1830s. These sheds originally housed meat, vegetable, and fish vendors; each booth rented for $1.00 per day, or $2.00 if the booth had a slab of marble used to keep the meat or fish cold. Butchers often threw meat scraps into the street, much to the delight of local buzzards, which were nicknamed Charleston Eagles. Over the years, the sheds have survived many disasters, including fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and bombardment….
When you travel with Great Bike Tours our schedule always permits some special time for you to explore with the group or on your own. We would love for you to contact us to learn more about our South Carolina Bike & Boat – Hilton Head to Charleston Tour. See why we are rated top in the industry and find out why using a family-owned and operated small business has so much more to offer!