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Marion Square, Charleston

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4.3/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Marion Square is greenspace in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, spanning six and one half acres. The square was established as a parade ground for the state arsenal under construction on the north side of the square. It is best known as the former Citadel Green because The Citadel occupied the arsenal from 1843 until 1922, when the college moved to Charleston's west side. The name was then changed to Marion Square, in honor of Francis Marion.The square is bounded by Calhoun (south), Meeting (east), Tobacco (a pedestrian only right-of-way that lies between the square and properties to the north) and King (west) Streets. The land is what remains from a 10acre parcel conveyed to the colony of South Carolina in 1758. When Joseph Wragg died, his son, John Wragg, received 79 acres along King Street. In 1758, John Wragg sold 8.75 acres to the provincial government for 1,230 pounds for use in the construction of a defensive wall to keep the city safe from Indians and, later, the British. By 1783, there was no longer a need for the defense works, and the 8.75 acres were transferred to the newly created city government. In 1789, the state reacquired a portion of the land along the northern edge to build a tobacco inspection complex. When John Wragg's estate was being administered, an error was discovered; it seems that when the 8.75 acres was acquired by the city, an extra 1.40 acres was also taken over to compensate for the portion of the 8.75 acres which had become used as roads. A petition was submitted to the South Carolina Senate by John Wragg's heirs, and the matter was taken up by a Senate committee in December 1800. The state opted to pay the heirs for the 1.40 acres that had been mistakenly taken beyond the original 8.75 acres; returning the land was impractical since the tobacco complex had already been built by the time the error was discovered.
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  • A nice park area adjoining the Embassy Suite hotel, a welcoming area just to sit and enjoy the scenery or stroll through. It is not a v large park but is very pleasant to be at. 
  • This square is one of many large green spaces in downtown Charleston. It is home to the Saturday Market. There are several memorials located here, the Holocaust and an obelisk to John C. Calhoun. Wort...  read more »
  • Need some local produce? Maybe some crafts? What about some music, or fun for the kids? The Saturday Market has it all. Also some nice sandwiches, tea, ice pops, and snacks. A great place to walk your...  read more »
  • It is somewhat difficult to write a review for a park. Lets see: Grass, check. Shade, check. That covers the basics. Honestly, its a pretty lovely downtown spot of grass. There are art installations, water fountains, and I believe there are even some outlets. The farmers market is pretty excellent, as are the events that are hosted there. Not as nice as Hampton park - but thats a really high bar to clear.
  • Good to relax. Be aware though that there was a really weird person walking around and asking people whether he was the devil. At least that's what we understood. As he left he began crying... WTF
  • What a great place for Charlestonians (locals and students alike) to get outside and soak up some sun. Surrounded by some of my favorites (the Ale House, Jackson Davenport, The Smoking Lamp, etc.) this park sits on a large block that provides a great outdoor setting for anyone and everyone. Bring your dog, your pokemon app, or a frisbee and have fun! Highlights include the Farmer's Market and Christmas lights. If you plan on slacklining, do not expect any slack from the police. Last I checked, they are not keen on hammockers or slackliners.
  • Marion Square is an awesome local hot spot. Saturdays are so much fun when the farmer's market is on (definitely get there early enough to grab parking). The Square is a common focal point for festivals and Charleston events, think Spoleto, Charleston Fashion Week, South Eastern Wildlife Expo. I always suggest to visitors to walk up and see if anything is going on. And when the Square isn't busy with local festivities you can find me and my family playing frisbee.
  • Great Pokémon Go location. Always trainers there. Lots of stops and good Pokémon. Beautiful area.
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