South Carolina

Charleston Museum: (SC) America's first museum, The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773. The Museum preserves and interprets the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina coastal region. Objects of historic, archaeological, maritime, scientific and ethnological interest illustrate the importance of this area. The Charleston Museum is a wonderful introduction to the Lowcountry and its people, and is conveniently located across from the Charleston Visitor Center.

Hunley (submarine): (SC) The wreck of the 40-foot submarine H.L. Hunley is of historic significance--it was one of the first submarines, and the first to be used successfully in warfare by ramming and sinking the Union warship USS Housatonic with a harpoon torpedo mounted on an iron shaft extending from the bow. The Hunley also sank and all nine men aboard the Hunley were lost. The wreck was discovered early in May, 1995, off Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.

Hunting Island State Park: (SC) The Hunting Island lighthouse was important because it served as a half way mark between the ports of Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. The lighthouse did not however, guide ships into a safe harbor but rather warned them to keep away from the dangerous shoals and shallow waters in the area.

Landsford Canal: (SC) Landsford Canal, near Catawba, is the best preserved of numerous 19th century South Carolina river canals, has remnants of all its major structural features. It is the uppermost of four canals constructed on the Catawba Wateree river system during the period 1820-1835. The 460-acre park includes the remnants of 1820 canal-culverts, stone bridges, locks, historic mill site and a lockkeeper's house which contains interpretive exhibits about the canal system in South Carolina. The rocky shoals on the Catawba River are home to one of the world's largest populations of rocky shoals spider lilies. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Old Santee Canal Park: (SC) At Old Santee Canal Park at Moncks Corner, where most of the canal now lies beneath the waters of Lake Moultrie, and on private property, some of the upper portions of the waterway are still visible, where boats entered from the Santee and the southernmost sections, which joined the headway of the Cooper River at Biggin Creek.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum: (SC) Located on historic Charleston Harbor, Patriots Point is home to USS YORKTOWN (CV-10), the Fighting Lady. The first USS YORKTOWN (CV-5) sank at the battle of Midway on June 7, 1942. Moored next to her is USS LAFFEY (DD-724), a World War II destroyer. Also moored alongside are the United States Coast Guard cutter INGHAM (WHEC-35), which fought in the convoy battles of the North Atlantic and sank a German U-boat; and the diesel attack submarine USS CLAMAGORE (SS-343).