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Maps of the Development of Charleston

We have compiled antique maps to present Charleston's development in a single layered graphic image. Click the link at right to launch.

Passing the mouse over the titles will change the map, showing the growth of the peninsula city from 1673 through the present.




Panoramic Mapping

"The panoramic map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Known also as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero-views, panoramic maps are nonphotographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective." - Library of Congress Web Site

Panoramic Maps Collection At The Library of Congress

Worth a look if you like maps. Searchable index contains most small to medium sized U.S. cities. The panoramic maps are downloadable and can be viewed with the plug-in "MrSID". This program lets you view a huge photograph at 22 to 1 compression, and only shows the screen area at high resolution. MrSID also will export the whole or portions of the image to .TIF files.



Bird's eye view of the city of Charleston, South Carolina 1872. Drawn and published by C. Drie.

View Drie's Map of Charleston

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Detail from Bird's eye view of the city of Charleston, South Carolina 1872. Drawn and published by C. Drie.




Antique Maps of Charleston

These maps will appear in pop-up windows- load times take about 20 to 30 seconds.

(1739) The Ichnography of Charles-Town at High Water.

(1780) Sir Henry Clinton's Map.

(1788) Plan of the City of Charleston, South Carolina from a Survey taken by E. Petrie 1788.

(1788) Ichnography of Charleston, South Carolina.

(1844) Plan of the City Neck of Charleston, SC.

(1849) Plan of Charleston S.C.

(1855) The City of Charleston South Carolina.

(1883) Composite Map of Charleston.



From Ichnography of Charleston, South Carolina. 1788


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Detail from Ichnography of Charleston, South Carolina. 1788


Charleston Illustrated

Beautifully hand drawn map of the historic districts of downtown Charleston, S.C. See more on our Big Map page.