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The Powder Magazine

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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
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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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Cool history lesson

This is a good quick stop to learn more about the Revolutionary War. Convenient on Cumberland Street and walking distant to Market and downtown.

Reviewed 19 March 2017
mayorofmoore
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Moore, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After the tour of the Provost Dungeon they mentioned this place and my wife wanted to check it out. We walked the few blocks needed to get here and finally arrived. There is a small fee for entrance but worth it as it goes to help preserve this historic building. Once inside the staff was really friendly and knowledgeable of... More 

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Rock Glen, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small gem near the Charleston market. We enjoyed it very much and found the displays informative.

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Thank Jane D
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a small museum but was packed with history and information. Worth a visit with or without children.

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Moore, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This is a good quick stop to learn more about the Revolutionary War. Convenient on Cumberland Street and walking distant to Market and downtown.

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Thank mayorofmoore
Manchester, New Hampshire
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The Powder Magazine is a hidden gem in the city yet offers a unique place in the city's history. The gift shop has a great variety of Colonial era gifts for purchase and the displays inside the Magazine are interesting and informative, starting with an educational introduction by the well informed staff.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This was a place that a friend told me to visit. It's a little hidden gem in the downtown, French quarter area. Nice little history museum and friendly staff. Only $5 admission fee.

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Thank Stephanie P
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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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Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Belton, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
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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