So what in the world is a Cistern?

Here in Charleston, when you say THE Cistern - everyone knows you are referring to the place in the center of the College of Charleston campus where they have concerts and the famed graduation ceremony where all the graduates wear white.  The Cistern there was actually constructed in 1857 as a reservoir to provide water for fighting fires in the days before the city installed a water system.  It was then covered over with grass. However, if you inquire about the meaning of A cistern - you might be talking about those that you can still find in Charleston's historic homes.  Wisegeek says "A ...click to read more...
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