English colonists in the year 1670 embarked on a voyage that founded what we know today as the Carolina’s (North and South), the settlement was named Charles Town in honor of King Charles II of England. This settlement is world renown for its historic settings and everlasting events. Millions of people from around the globe visit these sights annually. Thousands of historic buildings and structures help create scenery that is ageless. Sixteen Seventy is the celebration of these events and breakthroughs.
Sixteen Seventy International celebrates the accomplishments and establishments of the settlers that began colonizing America in the year 1670.
America’s First Public library – November 16, 1700
The first publicly supported library in the nation was established in Charles Town (South Carolina) in 1698.The General Assembly of South Carolina confirmed the establishment of the library by official act in 1700 but even before that date had appropriated funds for the purchase of books for the new “Public Library.”
America’s First Opera performed – February 18, 1735
Colley Cibber’s ballad opera Flora, or Hob in the Well, was performed at the Courtroom in Charles Towne. Establishing America’s first Opera.
America’s First Theater – February 12, 1736
The New Theatre in Charles Towne opened with a performance of George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer, but it closed soon after on March 23, 1736. Today the Dock Street Theater, located on Church Street, occupies the remodeled New Theatre building.
America’s First Public Museum – January 1773
A special committee of the Charles Towne Library Society met to discuss the establishment of a museum in Charles Towne. Several months later another committee was appointed by Lieutenant Governor William Bull II (1710-1791) to collect materials for the new Charleston Museum, which is now located on Meeting Street.
America’s First business publication – July 30, 1774
The earliest known edition of South-Carolina Price-Current listed prices for 168 things bought and sold in Charles Towne.
America’s First Golf Country club – September 29, 1786
Scottish merchants formed the South Carolina Golf Club in Charleston. Club members played on Harleston’s Green in Charleston until 1800.
America’s First municipal college – 1836
Although Chartered in 1785, College of Charleston was founded as a Liberal Arts college by three signers of the Declaration of Independence and three fathers of the United States Constitution to encourage its youth in the study of several branches of liberal education. In 1836, it was declared as the nation’s first municipal college. The historic buildings around the campus give an idea about the history of the college.
America’s First building to be used solely as a college library – May 6, 1840
First building to be used solely as a college library Construction on the University of South Carolina’s Library was completed in 1840 after a design by Robert Mills (1781-1855). The building served as USC’s main library until 1940 and today it is home to The South Carolinians Library.
America’s First shot fired in the Civil War – January 9, 1861
On January 9, 1861, Citadel cadets fired the first shots of the Civil War when they opened fire on the Union ship Star of the West as it was entering Charleston’s harbor. It had been sent by the Federal government with relief supplies for the garrison of Fort Sumter.
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