The all-male (at that time) Citadel was established in 1842 as an arsenal and a refuge for whites in the event of a slave uprising. In 1922, it moved to its present location. Pat Conroy's novel The Lords of Discipline is based on his 4 years at the school. Since 1995, when the first woman notoriously joined the ranks of cadets, women have joined the ranks with young men. The campus of this military college features buildings of Moorish design, with crenelated battlements and sentry towers. It is especially interesting to visit on Friday, when the college is in session and the public is invited to a precision-drill parade on the quadrangle at 3:45pm. For a history of the Citadel, stop at the Citadel Memorial Archives Museum (tel. 843/953-6846).
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