The city of Charleston is situated on the Bay of Charleston. Its natural location on the best harbor on the South Atlantic coast has made it a notable port of commerce for three centuries. It is one of the most historic cities in the United States and preserves all the flavor of its early heritage.
Charleston is knick-named the 'Holy City'
Writing of Charleston in 1773, Josiah Quincy of Massachusetts said that "in grandeur, splendor of buildings, decorations, equipages, numbers of commerce, shipping, and indeed in almost everything" it far surpassed all he had ever seen or ever expected to see in America, and, in 1926, William Allen White of Kansas declared, in a public speech, that Charleston was "the most civilized town in America." It does a large import and export business, manufactures fertilizer, and contains many small industries. It is beautifully situated, is notable for its architecture, has fine hotels, is served by excellent Interstate access, and has the most gorgeous suspension bridge on the Atlantic coast. Its climate is balmy in winter and tempered in summer with sea breezes.
Charleston has many parks and fountains.
Charleston County stretches from the mouth of the south Santee River to the mouth of the south Edisto River, 91 miles of coast on the Atlantic ocean, and has a total area of 888 square miles. The coast line is made up of a chain of islands, forming a natural barrier to the mainland, into which reach fingers of the sea, forming numerous small inlets and including, almost in the geographical center of the county, the beautiful bay of Charleston, into which the Ashley and the Cooper, two large tidal rivers, empty.