During the month of May the Charleston Time Machine will explore three new topics covering a range of more than three hundred years, and I hope you’ll join me at the Charleston County Public Library for the full stories and conversations.
On May 12th we’ll take a whirlwind look at 146 Years of Bicycles in Charleston, from the appearance of our first velocipede in 1869 to the most recent efforts to make our streets more bike-friendly.
On May 20th we’ll commemorate the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the Yamasee War in 1715 and explore the legacy of this bloody two-year conflict that nearly destroyed the colony of South Carolina.
On May 27th we’ll take a close look at one of the most significant architectural features of early Charleston—Johnson’s Ravelin, the fortified man-made island that guarded the only gate into urban Charleston in the early 1700s. You might be unfamiliar with the name of this short-lived gateway, but you’ve tread across its moats and drawbridges if you’ve ever crossed through the intersection of Meeting and Broad Streets in downtown Charleston.
Stay tuned for upcoming essays on these topics. In the meantime, you can always find brief descriptions and details of upcoming events on our Calendar page.
Enjoy the spring weather, and share the road!