Celebrating Charleston

Charleston has been a “City of Refuge” since its beginning in the late 17th century. Jewish and French Huguenot immigrants found Charleston to be a magical escape from their persecuted and frightful existences in Europe. Charleston benefited greatly from the addition of these highly skilled and educated new colonists, bringing with them their expertise in professional business skills, education, and craftsmanship. Charleston, our amazing architectural gem, was the physical creation of these artisans.

The second Jewish synagogue in the colonies was founded in Charleston by a largely Sephardic Jewish congregation fleeing from London and the Netherlands. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim is still a practicing synagogue, also known as the first reform synagogue in America, located just east of  King Street. The current heirs of the original French Huguenot colonists have great pride in the fact that the only remaining French Huguenot Church in North America still majestically anchors the center of the French Quarter on the Peninsula.

The French Huguenot Church, built in 1844 by architect Edward Brickell White.

New Yorkers and other citizens of densely populated cities have entered into a new phase of their lives with many making transitions to many smaller cities in America. There are many wonderful choices in this country, but Charleston may be the right choice for those who savor and appreciate a deeply rooted culture that transcends from our European ancestors long ago.  This blended rich culture offers a delicious culinary scene, an active visual and performing arts community, as well as the gentleman or gentlewoman’s playground of activities. Yachting, water sports, golf, cycling, beach activities, and other glorious perks make Charleston such a highly desirable coastal community to call home. Our museums, synagogues, churches and even the land itself tells a story from centuries ago. 

The Gibbes Museum of Art, designed in the Beaux Art–style by architect Frank P. Milburn in 1905.

We have learned that we can make changes during this past year to get us through these hard times, but these changes can also influence our quality of life for the future. Many have embraced flexibility with their work environments, their children’s school choice, and we have realized that there is more to life than just the daily toll of rushing through it. Charleston has a vibrant and growing business community, many school choices both private and public, and living communities of all types. These would include suburbs of new home construction, condominium living, historic estates and pieds-à-terre, and country living. The best thing about Charleston is the people living within its borders. Our world is kind and gracious in welcoming newcomers to enjoy our small paradise. Consider Charleston a serious choice for transitioning your lifestyle and know that for centuries, Charleston has welcomed its citizens from around the world with open arms.