Charleston, South Carolina

Published: April 28th 2017
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Charleston, South Carolina

23rd April Charleston

We passed into Charleston harbour with Fort Sumter on our port side and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on the starboard side and Patriots Point.

Fort Sumter is where the first shots of the Civil war were fired back in 1861 (April 12th to be precise).

Charleston is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriages and its pre Civil War Houses and architecture.

The houses in the French Quarter and Battery district reflect the pre war houses.

Sunday and the shops don't open till 12 noon, as we were told at the first museum we came across at the old Exchange.

Still a pleasant walk up to the Four Corners of Law and a small park.

At one entrance a young girl outside her grandparents house selling lemonade for a dollar a cup!!!

Very enterprising.

It was nice to walk up and down some of the cobbled streets way from Meeting Street, the main thoroughfare.

Past St Philips Episcopal Church and the Dock Street Theatre before to the Market area where everybody had seemed to have gathered.

The Waterfront Park were where the families gathered to have fun in the various fountains.

Further afield you have Patriots Point Naval Maritime Museum and the Plantations synonymous with the Deep South and the slave trade.

Boone Hall Plantation still produces crops and has served as a backdrop to several major films.

The avenue of oak trees was planted inn1743, the house built only in 1935 and apparently the grounds were the inspiration for Scarlett O'Hara's beloved Tara in Gone With The Wind.

So a good introduction to Charleston and another place we are visiting next year.

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