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The staircase leading to the cupola at the Wentworth Mansion.
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A guide to local favorites in Harleston Village

The staircase leading to the cupola at the Wentworth Mansion.
  • By Shani Gilchrist
  • Photos by Alice Keeney
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Harleston Village
Charleston, S.C.
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Harleston Village is perfect for the bibliophile, foodie or jock. While the area’s borders technically encase parts of the King Street Fashion District, most Charlestonians know it as a place apart from the rush of tourists and traffic. While pushing a stroller along Colonial Lake or finding a favorite indulgence after a long week, this area is perfect for those looking to cultivate their passions.

Meet Shani Gilchrist

Shani has lived in Charleston at full- and part-time intervals since 2015. She was born in a Wisconsin town located exactly halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago, but moved to rural South Carolina with her family at age 10. She’s been trying to find the balance between country girl and city girl ever since.

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Harleston Village

Charleston Library Society
The Library Society’s front steps remind many of a modern Greek temple. Inside, one can find archived collections regarding important figures of the South, as well as antique books on almost any subject to peruse.
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Charleston, S.C. 29401
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
The College of Charleston’s nonprofit art institute provides a peek into some edgier regional sensibilities for art lovers and students alike. Free from the responsibilities of a large permanent collection, director Mark Sloan attracts and curates exhibitions that are often hands-on.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Charleston, S.C. 29401
Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier
This shop is the perfect little spot to reward yourself with an indulgence after a long, hard day — or to pick up a baguette sandwich on the go. From cannelés to boxes of hand-painted chocolates, there’s no wrong choice on the menu.
Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier, 90 Society St. Charleston, S.C. 29401
Wentworth Mansion
A night away, a place to find a great breakfast frittata, a spa day — any or all of these can be achieved at the Wentworth Mansion. The 19th-century, Second Empire-style home was built for a wealthy couple and their 13 children.
Wentworth Mansion, 149 Wentworth St. Charleston, S.C. 29401
Colonial Lake Park
This 10-acre park features walking paths encircling a tidal pond known as Colonial Lake. A stroll or jog here at sunset quiets the mind and soothes a day’s rough edges.
Colonial Lake Park, 46-54 Ashley Ave. Charleston, S.C. 29401
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Shani Gilchrist
Shani has lived in Charleston at full- and part-time intervals since 2015. She was born in a Wisconsin town located exactly halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago, but moved to rural South Carolina with her family at age 10. She’s been trying to find the balance between country girl and city girl ever since.
Alice Keeney
Alice is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post. She has called Charleston home for almost 20 years, loving its small-town, community feel in a city setting. When she’s not biking with her husband to restaurants, visiting parks with her daughters and seeing friendly, familiar faces along the way, Alice enjoys exploring her neighborhood, North Central/Hampton Park/Wagener Terrace.
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