The Parker-Drayton House on Gibbes Street was built in about 1806 and had a water view for about 100 years. In the early 1900’s land was reclaimed from the Ashley River and its marshes to form the current Charleston peninsula — placing two blocks of land and houses between Gibbes Street and the Low Battery. While the house has beautiful gardens and Gibbes is a great street, the water view is no more.
This pretty house on Tradd Street was built in 1740… pre-revolutionary beauty.
This pretty 1870 house is looking ready for Halloween. Located on Limehouse Street, it is just up from the remains of the old seawall. On the other side of the wall the houses were built on reclaimed land in the early 1900’s.
The blue color on the ceiling of this Charleston porch is intended to ward off evil spirits known as “haints.” Apparently, it is ineffective against sparkly skeletons or skulls.
This beautiful door, accessorized for the season, belongs to the Col. John Stuart House on Tradd Street — a wonderful Colonial era house (c. 1767). Col. Stuart, a native born Scotsman, had been appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the southern British colonies in 1762, but in 1775 had to flee Charleston for stirring up the Native Americans against the colonists in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War.
While the lake was not bounded by its cement sides until 1885, the land and area around it was designated for public use by an Act of the Commons House of Assembly in 1768.