Sponsored by the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
March 10-13, 2005


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at two hotels for SSPHS members attending this conference for the nights of Thursday March 10, Friday March 11, and Saturday March 12.   Both hotels are downtown on the peninsula within walking distance of the College of Charleston campus, where our meetings will take place.

The Weston Francis Marion Hotel is located at 387 King Street at the corner of King and Calhoun Streets.  It is one of the grand old hotels in the city and is one block from the College of Charleston.  Completely refurbished and modernized several years ago, its rates for SSPHS members are $149 per room for single or double occupancy. The fee for an additional person is $25. Rooms must be booked before February 6, 2005 by calling 877-756-2121.  You must identify yourself as a member of SSPHS to receive this rate.  Parking is available in a garage next to the hotel for an additional daily fee of $10 (self-parking) or $15 (valet parking).

The Days Inn Charleston Historic District is located at 155 Meeting Street near the intersection of Meeting and Queen Streets.  As the name claims, it is in the middle of the historic district of Charleston, about six blocks, (and a very pleasant fifteen-minute walk) from the College of Charleston campus.  Rate for SSPHS members are $139 each night.  Members can call 1-866-683-8411 to make reservations before February 8, 2005.  Parking is free at the Days Inn.

Please note that you must book your room before early February to receive these rates, which do not include city and state taxes.   After the cut-off dates (above) the hotels will only be able to offer rooms on a space available basis, at their rates current at that time (much more expensive).  March is a beautiful time of the year here.  Consequently, it is also very busy time in Charleston.  I urge you to make your hotel and airline (or other travel) reservations early.

Getting to/from Charleston
By air:
The airport is located about 10 miles (15-30 minutes away, depending on traffic) from downtown Charleston.  There is a shuttle service from the airport, with departures every 15 minutes.  For around $15-20, they will deliver you to your hotel. There is also taxi service, which is around $30.  Departures using either service can be arranged from a stand outside the baggage claim area of the airport.  Your hotel will assist you in arranging a shuttle/taxi for the return trip from your hotel to the airport.  The Charleston Airport is connected to the wider world by a number of carriers. Both Delta and USAir have frequent daily flights from Atlanta and Charlotte (respectively).  A number of other carriers (Continental, Independence, American) have flights to Charleston.     
By train
Amtrak serves Charleston on the main north-south line from New York and Washington DC to Florida.  Taxis are available at the train station in North Charleston to take you to your hotel, about 8 miles away.  The cost is around $30.
By car
Driving is another option for those members who live nearby in the South. Charleston is at the eastern end of I-26 and about ten hours from Washington DC, nine hours from Miami, six hours from Atlanta; and three and a half hours from Charlotte.     
Additional information (rental cars, currency exchange):
Cars can be rented at the airport, if desired.  However, unless you are planing to tour the area, you will not need a car while staying in the historic area of Charleston.  Parking is a problem anywhere on the peninsula, especially in the historic areas near the College.
Members arriving from overseas are advised to obtain US dollars before arriving in Charleston.
    Charleston Area Attractions

Charleston was one of the major cities in British North America at the time of US Independence.  It has a rich legacy of revolutionary and pre-civil war era homes and plantations.  Charleston is also a serious restaurant town with a number of restaurants that annually win national competitions.
For those who have not visited the city before, you will find that there is a lot to do and see here.  If you are able, you might consider extending your stay in Charleston to see some of the sights listed below or to tour the Carolina Lowcountry.  Mid-March is one of our most pleasant times of the year; the azaleas and other flowers are normally in bloom and the heat has not usually arrived just yet.
There is a network of tourist trams (the DASH system) connecting the major places of interest on the peninsula.  Many of the historic sites on the peninsula are within walking distance from the hotels.  
Some sites of interest on or near the peninsula:
Fort Sumter National Monument
The Calhoun Mansion, a 24,000 square foot mansion in downtown Charleston
Beth-Elohim Synagogue , the second oldest in the United States
Edmondston-Alston House , one of many fine museum homes
The Charleston Museum , America's oldest museum. Features a collection of history and arts of the Carolina Lowcountry
The Gibbes Museum of Art
Off the peninsula, you will find a number of historic plantations, such as:
Drayton Hall
Middleton Place
Charles Pinckney House

Detailed information about area attractions and restaurants will be included in your registration folder.  More information, as well as city tours (highly recommended), are available at the Charleston Area Visitors' Center on Meeting Street, between Ann and John Streets.  See their web site with additional information: . There is also a travel itinerary for Historic Charleston on the website of the National Register of Historic Places .