The Cistern Yard, backed by the beautiful Randolph Hall, is the epicenter of the College of Charleston. Founded in 1770, it is the 13th oldest country in the United States and counts three signers of the Declaration of Independence (Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward) and three signers the United States Constitution (John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney, and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney) among its founders.
You can find this pretty scene in Hampton Park, the largest public park on the Charleston peninsula. The land which Hampton Park now occupies was by 1769 part of a plantation known as The Grove, or Orange Grove Plantation. Over the years it has been the home for some pretty interesting things, including the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition of 1901–1902, which was visited by President Theodore Roosevelt.
White Point Garden is one of the great public spaces in Charleston. In addition to being the home of these incredible live oak trees, a wonderful bandstand, beautiful statues, and impressive armament, it is the home of a whole lot of black-crowned night herons. With an active rookery, it can be noisy and busy spot.
The beautiful houses of Charleston come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. This smaller one on South Battery, tucked between two larger neighbors, is glowing in the early evening light.
The parade grounds and one of the barracks of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Some of the locals and graduates call it “El Cid.”