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The French Quarter in Charleston is a historic neighborhood. Its history dates back as far as the early 1700s. Its streets are graced with historic buildings, luxury hotels, culture, and the arts.
The French Quarter is nestled within the boundaries of Cumberland Street, Concord Street and the Charleston Waterfront Park, Broad Street, and Meeting Street.
The Charleston Waterfront Park gives locals and visitors a beautiful place to relax and take a break. Its eight acres are artfully designed with trails, water fountains, gardens, and more. Benches along the harbor offer a popular place to watch dolphins, sailboats, ships, and other activity. Just down Broad Street, at the opposite corner of the neighborhood, is the historic Washington Square Park, Charleston’s first public park.
Another first, the Dock Street Theatre, is located at Queen Street and Church Street. Opened in 1736, this theater was the first of its type to be built in the Americas. In 2007, it closed for an extensive three-year renovation, after which the city was pleased to re-open it.
Behind the theater is the Thomas Elfe House. Elfe, an acclaimed cabinet-maker who was born in 1719, moved from England to Charleston to establish his business after his apprenticeship. His home was restored in 1994 and is filled with antiques from the 1700s and the 1800s. Tours of the home are scheduled regularly, and its beautifully crafted southern garden is also available for private use.
Four times a year, the artisans of the French Quarter showcase their work. With 30 art galleries representing more than 500 artists, the French Quarter Art Walk is a free event, held on the first Friday in March, May, October, and December.
Parts of the historic French Quarter are also included in Charleston’s famous ghost walks.