Interview: Betty S. Ireland

How long have you been living in Charleston, and why did you decide to settle in this city?
After college, since 1980; came back, because this is where our families are; I am an 8th generation Charlestonian, a direct descendant of Charles Clendenin, after whom Charleston is named

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?
On the move

Which season is Charleston at its best?
Summer

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?
Its beauty and its relative safe living and working environment

How would you describe Charleston to someone who hasn’t been here before?
Charleston is a small town with a variety of cultural, educational, and religious offerings. Not to greatest place to shop, but near enough to large cities to get away. Lots of very friendly people.

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?
The Chop House; Taste of Asia; Sitar of India; Aladdin’s; Bluegrass Kitchen

What are Charleston’s attractions that every tourists must visit?
The State Capitol

What are the absolute must-try’s for every visitor in Charleston?
Visit the Bridge Road Shops

What are the cheap thrills that you can enjoy in Charleston?
Hiking in Kanawha State Forest; FestivALL; Vandalia Gathering; the International Film Festivals

A native Charlestonian with deep roots to this city, Betty S. Ireland is very much interested in the well-being of the capital city. Her main concern for Charleston is for the city’s ability to keep jobs locally and keep the population growing. To help augment this, she does her share of promoting Charleston and everything the city can offer. For Betty, Charleston is a great city in which to live and raise a family.