Charleston was first settled by Europeans in 1670 and has retained a remarkable number of its buildings and intact landscapes from the eighteeth and nineteenth centuries. It is perhaps best known as the place where the first local historic district in the U.S. was established in the 1930s. Charleston is a world leader for its proactive historic preservation activities, such as its local historic districts, revolving funds, and approach to addressing gentrification issues.
The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and the College of Charleston are located in a local and a national historic district. Within a short walk of the program's location are many buildings and landscapes from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries that have retained much of their historical integrity. Nearby in easy walking distance is the King Street shopping area and Market Hall, a National Historic Landmark constructed in the Greek Revival style in 1841, which has served as a local market almost continuously since its inception.
For more information visit the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.