Marion Square, Charleston

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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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  • Marion Square is right in the heart of downtown Charleston...cool area and space for events and dog walking!!!  more »
  • Its a nice park but unless there is an activity or market on, no real need to visit. The farmer's market is supposed to be good but was not on when we were in town given the time of year  more »
  • While we were visiting Charleston Market, we decided to visit the Pineapple Fountain in Battery Park (where Marion Square is located). It's a welcoming, pleasant green area in the middle of downtown C...  more »
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  • A fantastic selection of local vendors in this park on king street. Merchandise varies from fresh vegetables to handmade jewelry, local cheeses and honey to handmade hats and shawls and more. I met a lovely woman who is knitting my Sadie Mae, a mini dachshund, a hooded sweater. It's been so difficult to fit her it was wonderful to find someone willing to make one to fit her. ❤ I'll edit with info & photos when I get it!
  • Nice downtown park used for craft shows and fairs and farmers market. Lots of historic ambiance and some monuments. Easy access to restaurants and paid parking garages. I don’t believe there are public restrooms but there are plenty of local business around. Starbucks on the corner. There are often buskers in front of the Frances Marion Hotel which is fun. It can be very crowded on a Saturday morning for the Farmers market so get parking early.
  • A relaxing park right in the heart of Charleston, I'm sure this place has some history and I wish I knew more about it. Community events are held here, vendor shows, occasionally live music, holiday events, etc. It's a great place to congregate or meet friends, take a cool evening stroll, or even do some yoga if you're brave.
  • It's a great park with many things going on. Today was celebration for Hanukkah but they did many things there. During the summer there is a farmer's market there on the weekends. Best bet it to Google it to plan your visit
  • Nice square. They had the Christmas tree up and lots of vendors out. Really had a good time.

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