Broad Street has historically been one of the most important streets in Charleston. It wasn’t always so easy to travel on. Back in the days when Charleston was a walled city, there was a drawbridge at the corner of Meeting and Broad which was used to access the city — and keep out marauding Spaniards from Florida when it was pulled up.
It sure looks like it snowed at Waterfront Park, but it’s just soap that some pranksters added to the fountain. Bubbles everywhere!
South Adgers Wharf is one Charleston’s beautiful old cobblestone streets. The stones came from Europe and had been used as the ballast of the trading ships that would sail empty to Charleston to pick up their goods.
This c. 1870 house on Broad Street is just a bit off. Not only are the left and right sides not symmetrical (definitely check out the upper windows), the whole building is leaning to the right.
Waterfront Park is always a great place to be, and especially at sunrise. From there you can see Shutes Folly — a little island in Charleston Harbor. The island is home to Castle Pinckney, a small fortification that was built in about 1810 by the US government. The castle sits on top of the remains of Fort Pinckney, which was built in the late 1700s and destroyed by a hurricane in 1804. Among its uses was as an artillery position and a POW camp during the Civil War, but it is believe a shot was never fired from it during its existence. Declared a National Monument in 1924, it ignominiously had that status revoked in 1951. After its ownership changed hands a number of times, it is currently owned by the Sons of Confederate Veterans — who bought it for the grand sum of $10.
While this house has not worn its Santa hat for a few years (it now has a new owner and is being renovated, nothing says Christmas in Charleston better than a 250 year old house dressed for the holidays in the snow! Built in 1771 as the west side of a simple double tenement building, facing Meeting Street, in 1893 it was remodeled to reflect the Victorian tastes of its owner. It’s former twin on Tradd Street still is in its original form.
The house of this door was built in 1774 by a Tory who had it confiscated during the American Revolution. It was then given to his son who had joined the American cause. Located on Orange Street (named after the orange groves there), it’s in an interesting area, as earlier in the century it had been the site of a free love colony founded by two Moravian prophets. How’s that for some history?
The arrow gate of the Bowles-Legare-Parker house is very distinctive sight on Tradd Street. The house, built in the late 1700’s, used to have a view all the way to the Ashley River — which was pretty far away! As the peninsula was developed, its property now ends at Greenhill Street and the view does not stretch quite so far.