THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
The state flag of South Carolina was adopted in 1861; it features the sabal palmetto and a crescent moon on a blue background. Crescents were a component of a banner carried by South Carolina protesters of the Stamp Act in 1776. Sabal palmetto is the state tree and is also seen on the state seal and state quarter (South Carolina's nickname is "The Palmetto State").
Yellow Jessamine was designated the official state flower of South Carolina in 1924. Selected not only for the flower's beauty and sweet fragrance, but because Carolina jessaamine is found throughout South Carolina and "its delicate flower suggests the pureness of gold; its perpetual return out of the dead winter suggests the lesson of constancy in, loyalty to, and patriotism in the service of the State".
The Carolina wren was designated the official state bird of South Carolina in 1948. The Carolina wren is found throughout South Carolina and is also featured on the South Carolina state quarter.
The Carolina wren is a small bird with conspicuous white stripes over the eyes. The back of its body is roufus-red and its tail is finely barred with black. The song of the Carolina wren is described as " tea-ket-tle, tea-ket-tle, tea-ket-tle" and can be heard year-round, day and night, in all kinds of weather.
South Carolina designated the sabal palmetto as the official state tree in 1939. The palmetto symbolizes the defeat of the British fleet at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. The fort was constructed of palmetto logs which were able to absorb the impact of cannon balls.
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Fort Sumter is a Third System masonry sea fort located in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. The fort is best known as the site upon which the shots that started the American Civil War were fired, at the Battle of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.
Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the mid 1970's to develop a naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the center piece of the museum being the World War II aircraft carrier, the USS YORKTOWN. Patriots Point has become one of the state's major tourist attractions with more than 270,000 visitors each year. The YORKTOWN boasts one of the largest education and overnight camping programs in the nation, with more than 40,000 school age children attending these programs each year. The Patriots Point Development Authority Board also oversees the stewardship of over 350 acres of property on Charleston Harbor, much of which is currently under lease for a golf course, a hotel, and a collegiate athletic complex.
Few oceanfront sights are as well loved as a Boardwalk teaming with families, cotton candy, hot dogs, and amusement park rides. Nothing says “summer” quite like a visit to an iconic seaside boardwalk; in fact, great songs have been written in its honor. For many years, Myrtle Beach’s boardwalk was not up to the standards a world-class vacation destination such as Myrtle Beach deserved. All that changed in 2008 when the city of Myrtle Beach announced plans to develop what is now more than a mile of oceanfront boardwalk. In May, 2010, the Boardwalk and Promenade opened to great public fanfare. It was again expanded northward in 2013, and is part of an ongoing revitalization of the downtown Myrtle beach oceanfront. The award-winning Boardwalk stretches form the 2nd Ave Pier to just north of the 14th Ave Pier and 8th Ave. N.