YOUTH MISSION TRIP FUN (CHARLESTON, SC):
Answers to “LET’S TAKE A QUIZ” (from the May Ambassador)
1. In what year was Charles Town (the city's founding name) established?
: In the Spring of 1670, 150 English colonists, indentured servants and slaves sailed into the Charleston harbor. The Proprietors soon flattered their king, Charles II, by insisting the settlement be named Charles Town in his honor.
harleston plantation is home to the nation's oldest landscaped gardens?
: A visit to Middleton Place offers strolls through America's oldest landscaped gardens which date back to the late 18th century.
3. In its early days, Charleston earned the moniker of the "Holy City." Where did the nickname originate?
: Because of its origins for religious diversity----The philosophy of early Charles Town was based on religious tolerance, and it was believed that with this attitude the settlement would increase in numbers and profitability.
4. On which Charleston street will you find the iconic Rainbow Row, the pastel-colored private residences that make up the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States?
: The houses are located north of Tradd Street and south of Elliott Street from 79 to 107 East Bay Street.
5. Charleston has been home to many famous figures, but who of the following has never called Charleston home?
: The journalist and author best known for
Gone With The Wind
lived in our neighboring state, Georgia, and while the best-selling novel does mention Charleston, Mitchell never called Charleston home.
6. At which Charleston site did the first shots of the Civil War ring out?
: April 12, 1861, Confederate troops issued the first shots of the Civil War when they fired upon Fort Sumter.
7. Charleston boasts many firsts within the United States. Which of the following isn't a Charleston first?
: The nation's first bank was built in Philadelphia in 1795. The Bank of South Carolina, the second-oldest building in the nation to be constructed as a bank, was established in 1798.
8. You might notice that many of the city's historic buildings feature adornments on the side of the buildings in the shape of circles, crosses, and stars. What is the purpose of these?
: After a great earthquake that damaged many buildings in year of 1886, these metal rods, known as earthquake bolts, were placed in many of the city's buildings to protect the structures in the event of future quakes.
9. What is the name of the seawall that overlooks Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter?
: Today a popular public walkway with a scenic overlook, The Battery is named for a Civil War coastal defense artillery on the site.
10. Charleston is home to many private residences with dreamy piazzas. If you look up, you might notice that many porch roofs are painted sky blue. What is the reason behind this popular hue selection?
: The term “haint blue” stems from the traditional Gullah/Geechee belief that the hue wards off evil spirits or “haints.” It’s common to see this color on historic piazzas and front doors throughout Charleston. Superstition held that evil spirits could not cross water. This pale blue, meant to mimic water, was to prevent them from entering a house.
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for providing this fun quiz. We always love to sharpen up on our history.