Recently, I read a book that I thought I didn't need to read. Simply because I live in Charleston (since highschool) and have done all the tours, talks and tourist excurisons. However, little did I know reading 100 THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON BEFORE YOU DIE would actually make me realize how many things are so true about being a Charlestonian. All the things that add up to create such a special, historical and magical city are in this book. Some are mere fun facts while others highlight historical buildings that helped make our country what it is and is a piece of major US history.
The two authors, Lynn and Cele Seldon are the brains behind business, Seldon Ink. With twenty-five years behind their worldly travels, books and published work for various famed magazines, they bring us this sweet and true Charleston book.
Catch the two authors, Lynn and Cele Seldon here in Charleston this week and weekend for book signings and events~ check out the list below:
Tuesday, February 27 starting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 starting at 8:45 p.m.
Trivia Night at The Recovery Room Tavern
685 King St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Open to the public. Join in all the fun at weekly trivia night at The Recovery Room (entry #6), quaff an ice-cold can of PBR (entry #6), answer trivia questions from 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die, and more.
Saturday, March 3 starting at 10 am
Saturday, March 3 from 3 to 3:45 p.m.
Book signing tent in the Culinary Village at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival
329 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29403
The book signing is free and open to the public
Monday, March 5 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
I thought itd be easiest if I gathered some important talking points on the book and fun facts for locals! I love Charleston with all my heart and I think it just strengthens that by learning more historical facts on she-crab soup and other casual favorites.
• Though versions of it can be traced to Scottish settlers in the South as early as the 1700s, legend has it that today’s Charleston she-crab soup was created by Mayor Goodwyn Rhett’s butler at the John Rutledge House during one of several visits by President William Howard Taft.
• More twelve-ounce cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon are sold at Charleston’s Recovery Room Tavern than anywhere else in the United States.
• Visitors can spend the night in an iconic Charleston mansion, thanks to the lovingly restored Wentworth Mansion. Once the home of a cotton merchant, it’s now a boutique hotel, spa, and popular restaurant.
• Charleston’s famed sweetgrass baskets are an art form that can be found for sale along Charleston sidewalks, in the City Market, and especially along Sweetgrass Basket Makers Highway north of town.
• Famed Lowcountry writer Pat Conroy wrote and spoke lovingly about Charleston in his novels, non-fiction books, articles, speeches, and more.
• Rich in history and steeped in tradition, Charleston’s many plantations are a window into what life was like in the pre-Civil War South.
• The nation’s bloodiest war began at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces fired on the Union-held stronghold. This started the American Civil War.
• When you consider that close to half of all enslaved Africans arrived in the United States through Charleston, it’s no surprise that African American people, history, and culture are infused in the overall fabric of the city.
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