The Charleston Museum was founded 250 years ago today — 1773. It is considered to be the first museum in America.
Its highly regarded collection includes natural history, historic artifacts, decorative arts and two historic houses. Among the natural history items is the only known fossil of the largest flying bird, from 25 million years ago. They have been grounded along the way.
The museum opened its doors to the public in 1834 and relocated to its current location in downtown Charleston in 1980 after the original building was destroyed by fire (not the Civil War).
Gray’s 1873 map of South Carolina is featured here, with Charleston as an inset.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.