CSEET 2008 will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel
in Charleston, South Carolina.
Known as the "Holy City", for its long tolerance for religions of all types, Charleston is the state's most beautiful and historic treasure. Charleston has had a starring role in South Carolina history since its founding more than 300 years ago. The English established the first permanent European settlement on the Ashley River in 1670. War, fires, earthquakes and hurricanes have threatened this resilient city over the years but it still stands strong and beautiful. The city's historic district today has barely changed, boasting 73 pre-Revolutionary buildings, 136 late 18th century structures and over 600 others built in the 1840s. Visitors can tour the city by foot or horse-drawn carriage.
About the Francis Marion Hotel
The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," has a long tradition of gracious service, elegant accommodations, and hosting splendid banquets and events dating back to its opening in 1924. Built by local investors at a cost of $1.5 million from plans by noted New York architect W.L. Stoddard, the Francis Marion was the largest and grandest hotel in the Carolinas. Meticulously restored in 1996 with a $12 million National Trust for Historic Preservation award winning restoration, the Francis Marion Hotel now combines 1920's style and grace with 21st Century comfort and convenience in the heart of historic Charleston on Marion Square. Rising 12 stories, many of the Hotel's 226 guestrooms and suites offer spectacular views of Charleston's historic harbor, church steeples and legendary King Street. The Francis Marion Hotel, with its central downtown location, is an easy walk to the antebellum homes, magnificent gardens, antique shops and boutiques, and world-class restaurants.
More information about the hotel and reservations can be found on the travel page.
Wikipedia Entry on Charleston
City MarketThe City Market is just a 10-minute stroll down King Street from the hotel. The Market is home to local artisans and craftsmen selling items indigenous to the area. It is located in the middle of Market Street and surrounded by some of Charleston’s best eateries and night spots.
Fort SumterFort Sumter is touted as the place where the Civil War began. www.us-civilwar.com/sumter.htm