The Cogswell Building on East Bay Street was the home of the Evans & Cogswell Printing Company. Prior to the Civil War they printed stamps, bank notes, bonds, certificates of stock, executive documents, medical publications, and military manuals. They even lithographed the Ordinance of Secession, one of the most fateful documents in American history. During the Civil War they produced some of the Confederate currency, government bonds and various books. To escape the clutches of the Northern army, the company was moved to Columbia, SC, where it was burned down in 1865… but that’s another story.
The sun going down along the Ashley River by the Coast Guard Station.
Helicopters come in handy in so many ways, including providing amazing views of the Ravenel (Cooper River) Bridge.
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While walking around Charleston, it’s well worth taking a peek through a gate and seeing what’s on the other side. The gardens and yards are generally beautiful and may contain an eye-catching fountain or statue. This yard, surrounded by hedges and walls is located on lower Meeting Street, at the corner of Ladson Street.
The mandatory shot of Rainbow Row.
If you look straight past the very cold looking flowers at Waterfront Park, you can see Shute’s Folly — a small, low lying island in the middle of Charleston Harbor. Originally used to house defensive fortifications for Charleston, the property was bought by Charlestonian Joseph Shute in 1746 — for which he seems to have been ridiculed.
Over time the island passed through a number of ownership hands, but retained the Folly name. It eventually became home to Castle Pinckney, which was originally built in 1797 and then demolished in 1804 by a hurricane. The masonry Castle Pinckney, whose remains can still be seen, was completed in 1808.
Unlike Seward’s Folly, which picked up the snappy new name of Alaska, this folly remains credited to poor Mr. Shute.