I had always thought that shucking oysters was among Charleston's oldest culinary traditions. Surprise! According to this January 2020 article in Charleston Magazine, the first recorded oyster roast wasn't until December 13, 1897. Learn more things you never knew about Charleston Oysters from this brief WCIV-4 Lowcountry Live video.
The German Friendly Society hosted an oyster roast in Charleston for visiting sailors in this c. 1910 photograph. (Photo: Library of Congress)