Charleston, SC, October 10, 2012
10.11.2012 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.
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.
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.
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.
What a great day!
This morning was quite chilly, 48, when we headed out, but the temp got up to 80! Abundant sunshine, also.