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Scientists Preserve Cannons That Started The Civil War

Scientists Preserve Cannons That Started The Civil War Jun 17th, 2013 at 4:00PM: National Park Service Historic cannons from Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, that date to the Civil War have been meticulously conserved and returned to the fort, the National Park Service announced. Some of these big guns, weighing up to 15,000 pounds each, were used to fire on Fort Sumter just across Charleston Harbor. It was this attack on a federal fort that was the official start of the Civil...

Smithsonian Relocates Slave Cabin To Be Centerpiece Of Upcoming Exhibition

Smithsonian Relocates Slave Cabin To Be Centerpiece Of Upcoming Exhibition Jun 11th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture The Smithsonian Institution has received a unique donation – an intact slave cabin from a plantation in South Carolina. The cabin, which was on the grounds of the Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, was donated by the current landowners. For the past month a Smithsonian team has been meticulously dismantling it...

Pro Cycling Legend George Hincapie To Open Boutique Hotel In South Carolina

Pro Cycling Legend George Hincapie To Open Boutique Hotel In South Carolina Apr 20th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Former professional cyclist George Hincapie, who rode in the Tour de France an impressive 17 times, has announced plans to enter the hotel business along with his brother Rich. Their small boutique hotel, which is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina, promises to mix old world charm with contemporary sophistication. The aptly named Hotel Domestique is set to open in August and...

New Clues To The Sinking Of A Confederate Submarine

New Clues To The Sinking Of A Confederate Submarine Jan 29th, 2013 at 3:00PM: The Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley may have been sunk by its own torpedo, researchers say. The cause of the Hunley's sinking has been a mystery since it sank the USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864, and then the Hunley itself mysteriously sank shortly thereafter. This submarine, which had a hand-cranked propeller and a torpedo set at the end of a 16-foot pole, was a desperate attempt by the...

Confederate submarine set upright for first time since 1864

Confederate submarine set upright for first time since 1864 Jun 26th, 2011 at 3:00PM: The H.L. Hunley made history back in 1864 when it became the first submarine to successfully attack an enemy ship. Launched by the Confederacy as a way to break the Union blockade of Southern ports during the Civil War, it sank the USS Housatonic on 17 February 1864 and itself mysteriously sank shortly thereafter. Crew members hand cranked the propeller to make the sub move forward and its one...

Blackbeard's pirate ship gives up its anchor

Blackbeard's pirate ship gives up its anchor May 28th, 2011 at 12:00PM: A pirate ship owned by the notorious Blackbeard is being investigated by archaeologists, who have just retrieved one of its anchors. The Queen Anne's Revenge, was grounded in 1718 while trying to enter Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. Blackbeard had just come from blockading Charleston until he received a ransom. Currently the wreck lies in only 20 feet of water, as easily accessible to...

Daily Pampering: Betrothal Butlers at Woodlands Inn help you pop the question

Daily Pampering: Betrothal Butlers at Woodlands Inn help you pop the question Jan 31st, 2011 at 4:00PM: Planning to pop the question? Woodlands Inn, a five-star, five-diamond Salamander Hospitality property in Summerville, South Carolina (just a short drive from Charleston) has enlisted a team of Betrothal Butlers to be at your beck and call as you plan your perfect proposal. This special service is launching for Valentine's Day, but will be available throughout 2011, so if you're considering an...

Marriott introduces first LEED green hotel prototype

Marriott introduces first LEED green hotel prototype Jul 25th, 2010 at 11:30AM: South Carolina is now home to the first Marriott LEED green hotel prototype. The Courtyard Charleston/Summerville will be the hotel's flagship green property, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The new Courtyard hotel will open in early 2010 and will introduce the first phase of The Parks of Berkley, a community consisting of 5,000 acres and one of the largest planned...

Five essential Memorial Day destinations

Five essential Memorial Day destinations May 26th, 2010 at 5:30PM: Memorial Day marks the cultural beginning of summer, the start of the warm months. The picnics and the parties and the celebration of the impending summer have sort of become the point of Memorial Day for many, a kind of superimposition of recreation over the intention of the holiday. We love beer and hot dogs as much as the next guy, but for those interested in the history and meaning (or, in...

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer May 4th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Summer is fast approaching. Where are you going to spend your vacation? How about visiting one of our country's many fantastic beach locations? Bring your lover or family, a bathing suit, sun lotion, a blanket and a picnic basket, and you are all set for a romantic get-away or a relaxing family get-together on one of these magnificent sandy stretches. Wondering if we picked one of your...

Man uses snake as weapon in South Carolina motel dispute

Man uses snake as weapon in South Carolina motel dispute Apr 15th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Travelers face all kinds of nuisances at motels. Loud televisions, unsanitary room conditions and unexpected room charges all rank as typical inconveniences. But getting threatened with a four-foot long python typically isn't a problem for guests - at least until now. According to a BBC news report, a South Carolina man was threatened with a snake by another motel guest after a heated argument....

Is the U.S. Forest Service spying on visitors?

Is the U.S. Forest Service spying on visitors? Apr 8th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Our country's national parks and forests are intended as sanctuaries, zones of peace and quiet where visitors can get away from the give and take of modern life. But don't expect to have it all to yourself: these days you might be joined by hidden cameras, placed by the U.S. Forest Service. Don't break out the tinfoil hat just yet; this "conspiracy theory" may have some truth to it. According to a...

Theme park news roundup: The word of the day is giga-coaster

Apr 7th, 2010 at 3:00PM: The new Intimidator 305 roller coaster has opened at Kings Dominion theme park in Richmond, VA. The coaster, named in honor of the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, has ride cars that look like Earnhardt's famous black Chevy. Earnhardt's daughter Taylor visited the park last week to open the ride. The Intimidator 305 screams along at 92 miles per hour, thanks to a 300-foot drop at the...

South Carolina looking for tourism comeback this year

South Carolina looking for tourism comeback this year Feb 22nd, 2010 at 3:00PM: Are you going to South Carolina this year? Well, someone you know must be. The state expects its tourism busines to bounce back this year. This business is good for $18.4 billion in South Carolina economy, which is a pretty good reason to celebrate the revival of the tourism business. In 2006, tourism brought in only $16 billion,according to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and...

Ground-level intelligence on the top restaurants in the country

Ground-level intelligence on the top restaurants in the country Oct 19th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Everybody loves to publish lists, but few have so much data as OpenTable upon which to draw. So, when that site puts out a list of top spots, it's definitely worth a look. The latest, "Fit for Foodies," is the result of 3 million restaurant reviews, which ultimately led to 50 restaurants that are definitely worth your time. Upon quick inspection, I haven't been to any of them (which probably makes...

How green is your hotel?

How green is your hotel? Aug 7th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Not too long ago, any hotel that had one of those "please reuse your towels" signs in the bathroom was considered "green". But with new hotels upping the ante by adding more features that reduce waste and environmental impact, it takes a lot more than that to truly be green. Here are some of the greenest hotel features to look for in an eco-friendly hotel. Sheet and Towel Reuse Programs...

TripAdvisor readers pick their favorite beaches

TripAdvisor readers pick their favorite beaches May 22nd, 2009 at 3:00PM: More than 1,800 readers have spoken their minds on TripAdvisor and picked their favorite beaches. This summer, 58 percent of vacationers will be headed for sun, sand and surf – making the spot where ocean meets turf the most popular destination. The only challenge now is picking one. There are thousands of miles of coast in the United States alone ... how do you choose one spot? Well, the...

Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began

Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began Mar 15th, 2009 at 12:30PM: In the year of Lincoln's 200th birthday, there's plenty to keep a person busy taking in sites around the United States that are connected to the 16th president in some way. For example, there's the Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. that has recently reopened and Lincoln's boyhood home in Indiana, two sites we've recently covered. There's also his home in Springfield, Illinois. Here's another....

March "lion" slams east coast

March Mar 2nd, 2009 at 5:30PM: From New Hampshire to the Carolinas, March came in, as the saying goes, like a lion. Snow, sleet and wind gusts reaching 30 mph have lead to for motor vehicle deaths, school closings and chaos at airports. More than 900 flights have been canceled at New York area airports (JFK, Newark and LaGuardia). Hundreds more at Logan International Airport in Boston never left the ground, where the airport...

Recession vacations: do more with less

Recession vacations: do more with less Feb 23rd, 2009 at 4:00PM: Vacation plans are changing. This isn't exactly a surprise. With layoffs mounting and a careful eye trained on every expense, long vacations are becoming short, and short trips aren't straying as far from home. For some destinations, this is actually paying off. A handful of smaller cities are pulling in visitors that normally would set off for grander locales. Charleston, SC and Fort Meyers, FL,...

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