PUTTING THE PIECES BACK TOGETHER

1941 - 1992

1950
Dec. 26 -- Maria Louisa Porcher Wayne died.

1951
Aug. 29 -- Seventy-three orphans left the Charleston Orphan House for the last time before it was torn down to make room for a new Sears Department Store.

1954

Oct. 7 -- The News & Courier ran an article expounding upon the slow decline of Charleston's famed Mosquito Fleet.

1960
April 1 -- Twenty-four Black students from Burke High School staged a Civil Rights sit-in at the Kresse Department Store lunch counter on King Street, changing the city's dialogue about the issues facing racial equality.

April 30 -- According to a report in the News & Courier, the last column of the Charleston Hotel came down in a haze of dust and rubble shortly after 3 a.m. 

Sept. 11 -- Hurricane Donna passed by the Carolina coastline, spawning a tornado that brought down three walls of the Bennett Rice Mill, c. 1844.

1970
Oct. 9 -- A victim of termite damage and neglect, the Mills House Hotel, having been carefully demolished and reproduced using as much salvaged building materials as possible, reopened to the public.

1971
Oct. 17 -- Popular aviator Bevo Howard struck a tree and fatally crashed as he pulled out of a stunt at a charity airshow in Greenville, N.C.

1986

March 3 -- News & Courier columnist Ashley Cooper remembered the Charleston Hotel, calling it an iconic symbol of the city's antebellum glory, "one of the few remaining links with the romantic days of terrapin soup, gas lights, and visiting royalty."

1987
Dec. 15 -- Educator and Civil Rights leader Septima Poinsette Clark died.

1989
Sept. 21/22 -- At midnight, the eye of Hurricane Hugo, a category 4 storm, passed over Cove Inlet between Mt. Pleasant and Sullivans Island.

We discuss one of the Lowcountry's great love stories, that of Arthur and Maria Louisa Wayne, on our French Santee Tour.
Many believe Charleston's biggest archi-tectural loss was that of the Charleston Orphan House, which is featured on our Lost Charleston Tour. (Photo credit: Library of Congress)
For more than a century, Charlestonians relied on the Mosquito Fleet for their seafood. Hear their story and visit the site of their traditional landing on our Lost Charleston Tours. (Photo credit: Library of Congress)
The Kresse store sit-in changed the way Charlestonians engaged in the Civil Rights movement sweeping the country in the 1960s. We discuss the topic on our Lost Charleston Tours. (Photo credit: News & Courier)
Along with the Charleston Orphan House, the demolition of the Charleston Hotel has been among Charleston's biggest architectural loses. We visit the site of both structures to discuss what their destruction has meant to the city on our Lost Charleston Tour. (Photo credit: News & Courier)
We visit the ruins of the Bennet Rice Mill's west wall on our Lost Charleston Tour. (Photo credit: Library of Congress)
The legacy of the Mills House Hotel is a part of our Lost Charleston Tour. (Photo credit: Library of Congress)
Bevo Howard's signature stunt was snatching a ribbon from a spectator on the Sumter House pier while flying upside down. We recall his accomplishments, theatrics, and tragic end on our Lost Charleston Tour. (Photo credit: News & Courier)
The life and legacy of Septima Pointsett Clark, the woman who inspired Dr. Martin Luther King, is a part of our Sea Islands Tour. (Photo credit: Avery Institute)