Early morning along Rainbow Row.
Stoll’s Alley is lush, narrow, brick-lined path that runs between Church Street and East Bay. It dates back to the early 1700’s and is named after Justinus Stoll, a blacksmith who lived there.
The heat and humidity in Charleston is pretty apparent in this photo. 7:45 AM and the “feels like” temperature was 93 degrees.
Did you know the original name for Colonial Lake was “Rutledge Street Pond?”
Within Charleston’s diverse ecosystem, there are a lot of cool residents. It’s always wonderful to cross paths with a banana spider, also known as a golden orb weaver.
From this bench in 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.
During a break in the storms, taking a stroll along the High Battery is always a good thing to do. There is lots of history among the houses along East Battery. Did you know the yellow house at 19 East Battery is the youngest (built 1920), replacing the Holmes Mansion — oldest house that had been built there (c. 1820). The Holmes Mansion had to be demolished due to damage it sustained in a hurricane in 1911.