Orient-Express has a collection of luxury hotels worldwide, including Charleston Place Hotel. To celebrate the distinctive cities that surround each property, Orient-Express asked hotels to produce something that translates the spirit of the city into an authentic and meaningful experience. Charleston Place knew exactly how it would capture the essence of Charleston, through some of the city’s greatest and most influential people.

Portraits of CharlestonCharleston is one of the oldest cities in the South, filled with a rich and unique history dating back to the 1700’s. Since then, many great people have blessed Charleston with their presence and helped to shape it into the city we know and love today.

To spotlight just a few of the notable people who greatly enriched the Holy City, Charleston Place Hotel showcases the portraits of 22 legendary characters. While some of these well-known individuals are current Charlestonians, many lived long ago; but their mark on Charleston still remains.

The Hasel Street entranceway of Charleston Place is outlined with images of these historic figures. However, this “hall of fame” not only contains portraits, but also provides a way to experience that person’s history today. Booklets can be found alongside the display, which give detailed backgrounds on each individual and a way to celebrate that character in Charleston.

Just to name a few:

Pinckney_CPHThomas Pinckney (portrait right) was born in Charleston and fought in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. An influential political figure, Pickney served as the 36th Governor of South Carolina. The statesman died in Charleston and is buried at St.Philip’s Episcopal Church.

Experience it today: You can visit Thomas Pinckey’s grave at St. Philips Episcopal Church. This historic church also houses the oldest congregation in South Carolina. And during the civil war, its bells were melted down into confederate cannons.

Pat Conroy is a New York Times best selling author and one of Charleston’s favorite sons. His best known novels include: The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides and most recently, South of Broad. Conroy is a South Carolina Hall of Fame inductee and has received the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor.

Experience it today: See historic Charleston through the eyes of Conroy and the characters of his latest novel with a South of Broad walking tour by Old Charleston Walking Tours.

Clark_CPHSeptima Poinsette Clark (portrait bottom right), a Charleston native, was an educator, civil rights activist and has been called the “Grandmother of the American Civil Rights Movement.” Dealing with inequalities in the school system led her to become active in the movement for civil rights.

Experience it today: You can learn more about Clark’s struggle by visiting the Avery Reasearch Center for African-American History and Culture at the College of Charleston.

See these three figures and more, in the Hasel Street entrance of Charleston Place and experience Charleston’s most legendary individuals for yourself.