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The 'new' Charleston

Charleston, SC, October 10, 2012

sunny 80 °F

When we go to a place that we have already been I like to go to new places, so that's what we did. First thing this morning we took a bus tour of the city. We have done carriage tours, but the bus tour was more comprehensive. We saw so many churches and museums we were amazed. The Charleston Museum was our next stop. This was the first museum in North America and it started out with artifacts from all over the world. The idea was to introduce all these new items to the people of Charleston. Over the years the focus has changed, and now it is all about Charleston, with a small exhibit of artifacts from the original collections.
Methodist Church in Charleston

Methodist Church in Charleston

Steeple was painted black during Civil War

Steeple was painted black during Civil War

Antebellum home

Antebellum home

Replica of HL Hunley

Replica of HL Hunley

Early funeral coach

Early funeral coach

Clothing display

Clothing display


Lunch today was a great find! We went to the Art Institute where they have culinary students who run a restaurant for the public. For $12 you get a three course meal that includes drinks and tax. There were three choices for each course and they change every two weeks. Our meal was delicious and beautifully presented.
Wow, what a lunch

Wow, what a lunch

Buggy tours of Charleston

Buggy tours of Charleston


After eating we went to the City Market and wandered through it, admiring the wares, especially the Sweetgrass Baskets. We walked down Rainbow Row and ended up at the Battery. There is a free trolley that took us around the city and the next stop was the Joseph Manigault house. The house is a wonderful example of Adam style architecture, or Federal, as we call it in the north. This was a very wealthy family of rice farmers who had a plantation, but came into the city during the summer season.
Manigault Mansion

Manigault Mansion

Inside the Manigault home

Inside the Manigault home

Antebellum home at Battery Park

Antebellum home at Battery Park

The City Market

The City Market

SC Sweetgrass baskets

SC Sweetgrass baskets


Finally we ended up at the Magnolia Cemetery, a very old one where the crew of the confederate submarine, H.L. Hunley were buried. The Hunley was the first combat submarine ever produced that brought down the Union ship, the Hoosatonic. Unfortunately, upon doing this it sunk itself off the coast of Charleston.
HL Hunley crew burial from 2004

HL Hunley crew burial from 2004


What a great day!
This morning was quite chilly, 48, when we headed out, but the temp got up to 80! Abundant sunshine, also.

Posted by jcorilio 04:32 Archived in USA

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