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The Powder Magazine

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Address: 79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
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+1 843-722-9350
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The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of...

The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of the Lords Proprietors, this was the site where powder was stored for the defense of the city during the 17th century to the period of the American Revolution.

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A wonderful part of Charleston History

The Powder Magazine no longer keeps powder here, but has exhibits set up to show what it looked like back in the days that it did. The entrance is to the side through a gift shop... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Terrie J
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Charleston, South Carolina
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Powder Magazine is a small cross-section of Charleston History from its beginnings, thru all major events & time periods, up thru today. You can spent 20 min. or 2 hr. & either way feel you've had an experience with History, leave feeling fulfilled!

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Thank Earl E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Went on a ghost tour and learned all about why sand is in the roof, what all it has been used for through the years and the local things around it Went on Ashleys Ghost Tour I loved this stop and the House beside it was gorgeous with the sweetest quaint entry

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Thank Wormy W
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The tour guides were most wonderful, fun and displayed a wealth of knowledge of the history of the Powder Magazine, Revolutionary War, Civil War and the local history of Charleston. A truly wonderful experience.

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Thank vikingnurse1210
Belton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

It is the oldest building in charleston- worth stopping just to experience that! Extremely well done small museum- takes about 20 minutes to go through. Pre-revolutionary storage of gun powder. They actually moved it to the old provost building dungeon behind a false wall to keep it out of British hands. $5 admission makes it affordable.

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Thank Siobhan L
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This is where the pre-revolutionary war citizens of Charleston stashed the powder. The guide explained that just before the British came to take it revolutionaries moved it to another hiding place.

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Thank 1Linton
Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Powder Magazine no longer keeps powder here, but has exhibits set up to show what it looked like back in the days that it did. The entrance is to the side through a gift shop with various items for sale. The front is the old powder magazine. There is a man who will tell you the history of the... More 

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Thank Terrie J
Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The arsenal was built in 1713 and used until 1748 to store gun powder. It's the oldest surviving building in Charleston. Later it was used as a carriage house, print shop, wine cellar, and blacksmiths shop. The small museum is only one room. I guess it offers as much as a space that size can and at only $5 per... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Nice little place -- definitely worth the price of admission. College of Charleston students working on restoring the place and doing a great job. Don't be concerned with the construction going on (Sep 2016) just go in and learn a little.

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Port Orange, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Well this is supposed to be one of the oldest government buildings around. Its a small place where they made gun powder and things for the war.

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Thank Michael L
Maleny, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is quite an interesting building consdering it was built beside residences orifinally. It still maintains an important feature covered in most history tours of the city.

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