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The Powder Magazine

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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
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Address: 79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401-3112
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+1 843-722-9350
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The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of...

The only public building still standing in the Carolinas from the period of the Lords Proprietors, this was the site where powder was stored for the defense of the city during the 17th century to the period of the American Revolution.

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Cool history lesson

This is a good quick stop to learn more about the Revolutionary War. Convenient on Cumberland Street and walking distant to Market and downtown.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Moore, South Carolina
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Moore, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a good quick stop to learn more about the Revolutionary War. Convenient on Cumberland Street and walking distant to Market and downtown.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Powder Magazine is a hidden gem in the city yet offers a unique place in the city's history. The gift shop has a great variety of Colonial era gifts for purchase and the displays inside the Magazine are interesting and informative, starting with an educational introduction by the well informed staff.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a place that a friend told me to visit. It's a little hidden gem in the downtown, French quarter area. Nice little history museum and friendly staff. Only $5 admission fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The Powder Magazine is a small cross-section of Charleston History from its beginnings, thru all major events & time periods, up thru today. You can spent 20 min. or 2 hr. & either way feel you've had an experience with History, leave feeling fulfilled!

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Thank Earl E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Went on a ghost tour and learned all about why sand is in the roof, what all it has been used for through the years and the local things around it Went on Ashleys Ghost Tour I loved this stop and the House beside it was gorgeous with the sweetest quaint entry

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Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The tour guides were most wonderful, fun and displayed a wealth of knowledge of the history of the Powder Magazine, Revolutionary War, Civil War and the local history of Charleston. A truly wonderful experience.

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Belton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

It is the oldest building in charleston- worth stopping just to experience that! Extremely well done small museum- takes about 20 minutes to go through. Pre-revolutionary storage of gun powder. They actually moved it to the old provost building dungeon behind a false wall to keep it out of British hands. $5 admission makes it affordable.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This is where the pre-revolutionary war citizens of Charleston stashed the powder. The guide explained that just before the British came to take it revolutionaries moved it to another hiding place.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Powder Magazine no longer keeps powder here, but has exhibits set up to show what it looked like back in the days that it did. The entrance is to the side through a gift shop with various items for sale. The front is the old powder magazine. There is a man who will tell you the history of the... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The arsenal was built in 1713 and used until 1748 to store gun powder. It's the oldest surviving building in Charleston. Later it was used as a carriage house, print shop, wine cellar, and blacksmiths shop. The small museum is only one room. I guess it offers as much as a space that size can and at only $5 per... More 

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