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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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  • Many of the historic district hotels are near this lovely park, complete with large grassy areas for lounging, playing frisbee, or sitting by the cool fountain. 
  • We visited just after Christmas & there was a lovely lighted tree in the park, with lots of smaller lit trees and one incredibly lit palm tree. There was a Chanukah celebration, activities at New Year...  more »
  • Walking back from dinner we cut through Marion Square. We really enjoyed how nicely it was lit up for the holiday season. 
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  • Great place to soak in historic charleston. This is also the exact spot where they hung americas first female serial killer, she is quoted to say " ill see you all in hell" just before she dropped from the gallos
  • 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
  • Nice green space to have a drink and chat. Convenient to some good lunch places.
  • Nice open area with history from the Revolutionary War era and a Monument to former Supreme Court Justice John C. Calhoun.