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Full moon in Charleston, South Carolina • photo: Charleston Outdoors Magazine

"I like the sea. We understand one another. It is always yearning, sighing for something it cannot have; and so am I." - Greta Garbo

The Golden Age of Piracy, encompassing roughly the first quarter of the 18th century, produced some of the most outrageous characters in maritime history. From its earliest days, Charleston was a vital port of call and center of trade, which left it vulnerable to seafaring criminals. From the “Gentleman Pirate,” Stede Bonnet, to Edward “Blackbeard” Teach and famed pirate hunter and statesman William Rhett, the waters surrounding the Holy City have a history as rocky and wild as the high seas.

Flags of pirates who threatened the South Carolina coast. Courtesy of The History Workshop.

The Lives of African-American Slaves in Carolina During the 18th Century - an overview offered by SCIWAY

The Pineapple Fountain, a focal point of the Waterfront Park in historic Charleston. Pineapples represent hospitality according to the legend of the pineapple.

View of Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina, 1865, looking east with the ruins of the Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar visible. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Join Alphonso Brown, owner and operator of Gullah Tours, Inc., on a journey through the places, history and lore enriched by the varied contributions of black Charlestonians. From Catfish Row to the sweetgrass basket makers, Brown's distinctive narration and vibrant descriptions in native Gullah make this a unique and enjoyable way to experience the Holy City.

Though no landmarks or memorials formally recognize dueling in Charleston, it remains a quintessential element of the Holy City’s legacy. Most upstanding locals nourished the gentleman’s duel, many going so far as to make it an integral part of their social lives. For a time, even the most casual character insults or slurs toward one’s moral fiber or family lineage invited a challenge, and almost always, the offended party was expected to retaliate.

More than four decades after the great aircraft carrier USS Yorktown last served her country, the echoes of battle are still heard on her decks. Staff and visitors claim to have experienced disembodied voices, uniformed apparitions, and other unexplainable occurrences since the “Fighting Lady” first docked at Patriots Point. Join “ghostorian” Bruce Orr as he examines the history, haunting and heritage of this National Historic Landmark.

Whatever happened to Osceola's head? What was it like to walk the streets of Charleston just after secession was declared? Author Michael Coker describes several centuries' worth of little-known wonders from the Holy City.

Ocean Course, holes four and five. Courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort. #PGAchampionship

On the sun-drenched SC coast, just 45 minutes from the enchanting city of Charleston, lies one of the nation’s most beloved barrier islands—a dazzling, miles-long beach; deep green foliage; massive, centuries-old hardwoods; sparkling marshland leading to the horizon; a dizzying array of birdlife amidst all manner of flora and fauna. And then there’s the golf. This week, Kiawah and the Ocean Course return to the spotlight as the host of the 2012 PGA Championship.

Nine things to love about Charleston, SC

In 1819, a young man outwitted death at the hands of John & Lavinia Fisher & sparked the hunt for Charleston’s most notorious serial killers. Follow the story of the Fishers, from the initial police raid on their Six Mile Inn with its reportedly grisly cellar to the murderous couple’s incarceration & execution at the squalid Old City Jail. Yet there may be more sinister deeds left unpunished—an overzealous sheriff, corrupt officials and documents only recently discovered.

#Beerhistory giveaway, just in time for Charleston's Beer Gardens. (click for more info)

Hundreds of pirates traversed the waters of the Atlantic during America’s colonial period, but few had a more swashbuckling tale than Stede Bonnet. Originally a wealthy plantation owner from Barbados, Bonnet abandoned his wife & children in 1717 to set sail on the pirate ship Revenge. He soon fell into company with Blackbeard in the Bahamas & headed for America. In May 1718, they arrived in Charleston & held the city hostage in a daring siege that was just the beginning of their adventures...

A Palmetto Moonrise

Charleston...a great food city.

"Plantations are in the present, but they reflect the past, and depending on your sensibilities and the way you look at the plantation system tells a lot about what your sensibilities are." -Charleston artist Colin Quashie

Boroughs Larder: Pull up a stool at this restaurant/market, and sample from the list of craft beers and wines. (from www.tastingtable.com)

Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray uncovers a whole new side of the Civil War in historic Charleston

Beautiful painting (Brenda Joyce Orcutt is Charleston Artist Guild's featured artist for March)

South Carolina Hooks

Charleston--always a top US city