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Today In Charleston History: February 24

1698 – Disaster

A devastating fire destroyed about one-third of Charles Town, burning the “dwellings, stores and outhouses of at least fifty families … the value of £30,000 sterling.”


President James Monroe visited the Charleston Orphan House and in the evening attended the Charleston Theater.

orphan house postcard

Charleston Orphan House

1828 – Charleston & Hamburg Rail Road

Charles Parker and Robert K. Payne, at the direction of William Aiken, left Charleston by carriage to examine a potential route for the C&HRR. They

“arrived at the Six Mile House at one o’clock, where Mr. Arnot, the keeper, was requested to provide dinner as soon as possible.”

They paid $1.62 for the meals. Later that afternoon they crossed the Ashley Ferry (later known as Bee’s Ferry).

Over the next several weeks, they traveled west toward Hamburg, South Carolina, using Ashley River Road (passing Drayton Hall, Mangolia Planation, Runnymede, Millbrook and Middleton Place) to Bacon’s Bridge. They crossed the Edisto River at Givhan’s Ferry.


The Nicaugra Victory slammed into the Cooper River Bridge. Five people were killed, the Elmer Lawson family, when their car plunged into the chilly waters of the Cooper River.


Dr. Sarah Allan Campbell dies. First women to receive a medical degree in South Carolina.

Sarah Campbell Allan born in Charleston and led an attempt to have women accepted at the all-male College of Charleston. At age 29, she applied for admission to the all-male Medical College of South Carolina. She graduated from the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1894. Scored highest grade on the examination given by the South Carolina Medical Board and granted license #40 in October 1894.

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