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3 Things to Do When It’s Chilly in Charleston


It’s been a wild winter everywhere and while we’re fortunate to escape those northern blizzards, it’s still been downright chilly in Charleston. If you happen to be planning a visit during a cold week, here are three things you can do.

Joseph Manigault House

Joseph Manigault House

Tour the Joseph Manigault House at 350 Meeting St. Built in 1803, the house remains one of Charleston’s most beautiful antebellum structures. Visit the house to experience the urban lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family and the enslaved African Americans who lived there. A National Historic Landmark, this home was designed for Joseph Manigault by his brother Gabriel, who is also credited with designing Charleston’s current City Hall.

The Manigault family were French Huguenots who fled religious persecution in Europe in the late 1600s. In the United States, the family was successful rice planters and merchants during the 18th century. Joseph Manigault inherited several rice plantations and more than 200 slaves from his grandfather in 1788.

The Charleston Museum purchased the Joseph Manigault House in 1933, overseeing its preservation and management ever since. The house is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10.

Catch a concert or show. Charleston is home to dozens of theaters and performance centers. Check out the Charleston Music Hall for concerts, film screenings and locally produced shows. Or visit Theatre Charleston, a coalition of local theaters, where you can find a long list of upcoming plays.

Bundle up and take a stroll. Wrap up in a warm coat and a scarf and walk King Street where you can dash into shops and local boutiques to thaw and do a little shopping. Stop off at a local coffee shop for a warm cup of coffee or a latte: Collective Coffee Co. (41A George St.), Kudu Coffee (4 Vanderhorst St.) and Bakehouse (160 East Bay St.).

What are your favorite things to do in Charleston when the temperatures dip?