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There are actually two historic districts in Charleston, a city which has been influential since before the nation of the United States was born. Charleston's French Quarter District near the harbor is also known as Old Charleston. Explore the old churches and mansions like the Nathaniel Russell House and the Aiken-Rhett House Museum which was built in 1820. You can see both for one ticket price. Next, be sure to take the hour and a half walking tour and see the oldest houses in the city dating back to the 1600's. Visit the Confederate Museum and Harveston Village. Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon is where the American Patriots were imprisoned by the English soldiers. Also along this stretch called the Museum Mile is the Charleston Museum with its fascinating exhibits from the 17th through 19th centuries. There are great shopping opportunities at the Old Market where you can purchase homemade crafts made before your eyes by Gullah ladies with distinctively Southern lilts to their voices.

There is also the Naval Shipyard historic district located near the harbor on the Cooper River towards North Charleston. This facility played a major role in the defense of the nation's coast as late as the 20th century. Not far from Fort Sumter of the Civil War era at the mouth of the harbor, captured German subs were investigated and repaired. Over 21 destroyers were put into service here during the two World Wars. Later, during the Korean War, production regained steam. Then, nuclear subs were assembled in the 1960s during the Cold War.

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