Lesson details


Social Studies


Major Developments in SC in the late 19th and 20th Centuries

Places and Regions in South Carolina


Agriculture, Industry, and Technology

Interaction Between People and the Physical Landscape

Recommended Technology: 

Smart Board/LCD Projector - computers/individual devices - student access to the internet

Other instructional materials or notes: 
  • Smart Board/LCD Projector /Computers/personal devices
  • If you have access to a Smart Board and the Education Gallery, pictures of the modes of transportation can be found along with a blank timeline. If you don't have access to a Smart Board, you can draw a time line on a chart and allow students to attach pictures of the modes of transportation in sequence of invention.
  • A blank timeline
  • Pictures of various modes of transportation from Native American canoes through the steam engine 
  • Completed SC map and blank maps of SC 
  • Chart paper and construction (or newsprint) paper
  • Markers, pencils, and colored pencils

The Best Friend of Charleston, The Charleston Railroad

2-3 hours
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

Between 1820 and 1830, Charleston was feeling threatened by perceived economic disaster. During the Colonial period, trading and shipping with other cities had gained importance.Imports, as well as exports, were down.  In DeBow’s Review, August 1849, it was reported that cotton exports from South Carolina were not keeping up with other states.This lesson explores why transportation was needed in Charleston, and the history of the "Best Friend of Charleston".

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