A gorgeous fall sun rising over Charleston harbor. Adger’s Wharf, on the right, has been used by the Charleston Branch Pilots Association as its home since 1890. Their role of guiding ships safely in and out of Charleston harbor (a function which they trace back to ancient Greece and Rome) is critical to the operations of the very busy port.
The house to which this beautiful door belongs was built on Tradd Street between 1767-1772, by a Scotsman (John Stuart) who was the King’s Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the southern colonies. With the coming revolution Stuart fled Charleston in 1775 (after being arrested and escaping) and the house was sold to a new owner as confiscated property in 1782. Another defeat for those pesky Redcoats.
This beautiful Charleston gate on King Street is made from wrought iron — meaning that each piece was individually heated and then bent by hand (most often hammered over an anvil). Most of the decorative ironwork in Charleston was made this way, as opposed to cast iron where molten metal is poured into a mold, and each piece is identical.
Some of Charleston’s night creatures caught heading home as the early morning sun hits the rooftops. You can find them this time of year hanging out on the balcony of the beautiful pre-revolutionary house on the northeast corner of Meeting and Tradd Streets. And the good news is that you can hang out with them whenever you want, as the house is for sale for a cool $2.95 million.
This pretty lake and fountain are in Hampton Park, one of the largest public parks in Charleston.
This welcoming house on lower King Street sports a rounded front porch — which is less common to see in Charleston thank those incorporating right angles.