Being a backwater was not all bad. When Henry James visited Charleston in the winter of 1904, he was charmed by its 'easy loveliness,' its gardens, and its 'silvery seaward outlook.' He enjoyed hot chocolate and Lady Baltimore cake, a local specialty, in a tearoom on King Street. 'Up and down and in and out, I strolled from hour to hour, but more and more under the impression of the consistency of softness.'
Henry James, The American Scene (1907), quoted in Charleston Fancy:
Little houses & big dreams in the Holy City, by Witold Rybczynski
And, once again, I am charmed by Henry.