Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina. It was established by royal charter in 1670, and named in honor of King Charles II. It grew rapidly and only 20 years later was the fifth-largest city in North America.

Today, it is the 76th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Charleston is known for its sweet southern charm, its dollhouse-like colonial architecture, its environmentalism and greenery, its medical system, southern dining, and the polite, hospitable nature of its inhabitants.

People Born in Charleston

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Charleston in People's Lives

Jude Law: I traveled here in 2002 to film scenes of the movie Cold Mountain. We filmed at the College of Charleston.

Liam NeesonI traveled here in 1987 to film scenes of the movie Satisfaction

Natalie PortmanI traveled here in 2002 to film scenes of the movie Cold Mountain

Samuel Morse: I traveled here in 1818, seeking commissioned portraits from the elite high society Southerners of this grand little town. My painting of a local society belle perfectly captured the lavish opulence that this city impressed upon me. I was possibly influenced in my opinion and desire for Charleston from hearing stories about it from Washington Allston, with whom I had recently spent four years studying painting under in London. I liked the city enough to keep a studio here for a short time.

Washington Allston: I lived here briefly in 1800, right after graduating from university and right before deciding to go live abroad.

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