King Street offers Southern charm with a little something for everyone. Upper King is known as the Design District, Middle King is the Fashion District and Lower King is the Antique District. Take a stroll along King Street’s wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks to experience Southern history, world-renowned restaurants, shops and parks. Follow our guide to learn the history of King Street and some our favorite popular attractions.
History. Named after the English King Charles II, King Street is considered the spine of the city and was once known as the “Broad Path” connecting the Charleston Harbor to Uptown. King Street retains a large number of early 19th century commercial buildings; many have facades rebuilt in Victorian styles, with the third stories used for apartment living. The late 18th and early 19th centuries marked the transition of King Street into a major retail corridor; wagon drivers traveled from interior settlements to trade country products for store goods. King Street is bustling with life around the clock with local Charlestonians, College of Charleston students and nearly 4.8 million visitors that come to experience Charleston’s history each year.
Farmers Market. The Marion Square farmers market is hosted on Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm from April through November each year. Marion Square is a ten-acre park located midway along King Street. This family-friendly event is located in the heart of the Holy City offering bountiful produce, food, art and entertainment for all ages. During the holiday season, there is a Holiday Market where you can find handmade goods to gift to your loved ones for Christmas.
Second Sunday on King Street. Second Sunday on King Street is the premier monthly event held in historic downtown Charleston every month, year-round. Now in its fourth year, this event has become one of the most attended events ever held on the Charleston Peninsula, with guests numbering over 20,000 throughout the day. Visitors and locals alike are invited to shop, dine and enjoy Charleston’s most popular street on a vehicle-free afternoon every second Sunday of the month from 1-5 pm.
South of Broad. Follow King Street right down to Charleston’s exclusive neighborhood, South of Broad. Located on the tip of the Charleston peninsula, the streets are lined with the finest examples of historic architecture from stately mansions to Charleston single houses. You’ll pass cobblestone alleys, iconic parks, gorgeous window boxes and historic churches. South of Broad embodies years of history and is the epitome of Southern culture.
Off The Beaten Path. Once you’ve finished your stroll along King Street, take a detour to our new office space on Broad Street to see the latest premier Charleston properties on the market. If you’re looking to buy or sell your home this Spring, give one of our expert agents a call.
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