2017 Conference: Map and Local Information

Stern Center, College of Charleston:
71 George St, Charleston, SC 29401

The Stern Center, College of Charleston, is the main location for the 2017 Transforming Public History conference, including registration and concurrent sessions. Additional conference locations are located on the map below and will be listed in the conference program.

Conference Map and Downtown Charleston:

While you’re here for the conference, enjoy Downtown Charleston and the surrounding area!

Places to Eat:

Eating in Charleston S.C.

In recent years, Charleston has become increasingly renowned nationally and internationally for its food culture with a broad range of exceptional food available on the peninsula. The information below provides an overview of areas of restaurants near the College of Charleston. While this list is not exhaustive, links to more detailed restaurant guides have also been provided.

Upper King Street (North of Calhoun Street)

Unlike the majority of the Charleston peninsula, the scene on Upper King St places a greater emphasis on bars and nightclubs. Most of the establishments on Upper King St operate as restaurant from Sunday through Thursday before transitioning into nightlife after about 10:30 pm on a Friday and Saturday night. The cost of eating on Upper King Street is often lower than eating at the restaurants located in the French Quarter. The cost of a meal on Upper King Street is around $15-25.

French Quarter (East Bay Street, South of Market)

The French Quarter of Charleston is the main tourist district, and houses a broad range of eating high-quality eating establishments, as well as some of Charleston’s most well-known and highly decorated restaurants. There is a wide variety of cuisines, from seafood, steakhouses and Southern cuisine. Owing to the high-quality of the restaurants located, as well as it being the center of Charleston tourism, eating in the French Quarter is often more expensive with a meal for one costing between $25-40.

Farmers Market, Marion Square

From April to November, Marion Square hosts a Farmers Market which runs between 8am and 2pm. The Farmers Market hosts a range of local vendors selling everything from seasonal local produce to artisans goods and crafts. The market also hosts a number of food concession stands selling everything from coffee, Greek, Barbecue and Asian cuisine. This is an ideal place to get breakfast and lunch on Saturday and will cost between $5-15.

Shem Creek

Located 6 miles off the Charleston peninsula, past Mount Pleasant, is Shem Creek. This area, despite its small size, has a range of restaurants high quality restraints that overlook the creek and inland waterways. This area of the Lowcountry is particularly renowned for its fish restaurants, serving a variety of regional favorites. This area is also well known for its fish dishes. A meal here will range from $15-40.

West Ashley and Mount Pleasant

To the North and South of Charleston are the towns West Ashley and Mount Pleasant. Owing to their less restrictive planning laws, these areas are home to the national chain restaurants. There is also a number of smaller, local restaurants satisfying assorted tastes.

Restaurant Guides:

Charleston Vacations and Visitors Bureau:
http://www.charlestoncvb.com/plan-your-trip/dining-nightlife~124/

Charleston Eater:
http://charleston.eater.com/

Dish Dining Guide:
http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/dish-dining-guide-summer-2013/Category?oid=4699294

Greater Charleston Restaurant Association:
http://www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/

Parking Downtown:

All parking garages and lots in this list have a rate of $1 per half hour. The maximum daily rate is $16 per day. See the conference map above for locations closest to the College of Charleston.

Aquarium: 24 Calhoun Street
Camden/Exchange: 35 John Street
Charleston Place: 85 Hasell Street
Concord/Cumberland: 1 Cumberland Street
East Bay/ Prioleau: 25 Prioleau Street
Gaillard Center: 32 Alexander Street
Majestic: 211 King Street
Marion Square: 399 King Street
Midtown: 558 King Street
93 Queen St: 93 Queen Street
34 St Phillip Street: 34 St Phillip St
Visitor’s Center: 63 Mary Street
Wentworth: 81 Wentworth Street

There is also several metered street parking bays around the College of Charleston, however ticketing is rigorously enforced.