1.) Charleston boasts the first public college, museum and playhouse in the United States.
2.) George Gershwin composed his well known opera Porgy and Bess while living on Folly Beach, South Carolina. Porgy and Bess are buried in the James Island Presbyterian Church graveyard.
3.) The first game of golf played in the United States took place in Charleston, South Carolina.
4.) North America’s longest cable-stayed bridge spans the Charleston Harbor. The Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge connects historic Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
5.) The first shot to be fired in the Civil War was fired by Citadel Cadets stationed on Morris Island