Go Explore: The Confederate Museum

188 Meeting St Charleston

SEMC Scavenger Hunt/Go Explore: The Confederate Museum
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The Confederate Museum

There are so many museums in Charleston to explore. Here is another one of our favorites!

Introduction: Confederate Museum

Market Hall was built in 1841 after a fire in 1838 destroyed the original building. In 1861, Charleston was home to thousands of young men preparing to fight for the Confederacy. Though it was once a place to hold social gatherings and dances, Market Hall turned into a recruiting station where these soldiers received supplies, weapons, and orders.

The Daughters of the American Confederacy Charleston Chapter was founded in 1894. They began collecting artifacts from the Civil War and Confederate soldiers. Their collection grew quickly, and by 1898 the group of women became Charleston Chapter #4, United Daughters of the Confederacy. When it was announced that the 1899 Reunion of Veterans would be held in Charleston, the men decided to help the women form a permanent collection and museum. A call was sent out for former Confederate soldiers to bring their war-time possessions to the reunion to donate to the permanent collection. The response was overwhelming, and it became clear that a large building was needed to house the collection and museum. At the time, the Mayor and the city councilmen of Charleston were former Confederate soldiers, so it was decided that the museum would be housed in Market Hall. The Museum opened in 1899.

Your Challenge

Take one last look at Market Hall before you go. The building is a copy of the Temple of Wingless Victory in Athens done in the Greed-revival style. What type of columns are used in Market Hall?

Cover image by James Craig is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. on Flickr.

What was the number of the booth from the last riddle?

SEMC Scavenger Hunt

Go Explore: The Confederate Museum

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