Last week I went on a last-minute trip to Charleston, South Carolina with B. He had two work meetings to attend and, since I’ve never been to Charleston, I happily agreed to go with him. It was also a perfect excuse to use the skills I gained in my photography tour of Savannah. I only had one hour to myself and my camera so I walked around looking for pretty sights.
Charleston City Market had tons of shops inside, one of which was this cute coffee shop. The market spreads out below the museum of the confederacy, or the Daughters of Confederacy. By the time we got to Charleston the museum was closed. I really wanted to see war-time items.
The Gibbes Museum of Art was one of many museums I stumbled upon on Meeting Street. There’s a reason Meeting Street is dubbed “Charleston’s Museum Mile.”
I’m glad I snapped these for my history nerd of a husband. The image above I took while walking around. It looked like an old announcement. I just now realize that there was another side to it. The image below is of a plaque marking the exact location where South Carolina signed the Ordinance of Secession and became the first state of the Confederacy. Even though I’m not a history geek, I felt very aware of my surroundings and appreciative of our country’s history.
The plaque in front of this monument reads: “In memory of Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, mother of Andrew Jackson (President of the U.S. 1829-1837), who gave her life in the cause of the Independence while nursing revolutionary soldiers…”. A statue of George Washington stood on a pedestal in the same park.
St. Michael Episcopal Church
City Hall of Charleston
United States Post Office and Courthouse
It’s funny the things you learn when you search online. In looking for the name of the church and the courthouse, I learned that these three buildings comprise three of the Four Corners of the Law in Charleston. The only corner I did not take a picture of was the Charleston County Courthouse. This intersection is named as such because the four buildings represent federal, state, local and ecclesiastical law on each corner. Mind blown over here.
I fell in love with the wrought iron fence of the Hibernian Society. It has a gilded harp that I just find beautiful. I don’t know much about it except that its presidents alternate Protestant and Catholic per a plaque on the iron fence.
This trip was MADE when I discovered Toast, a restaurant with all-day bottomless mimosas. Yes. All-day. Bottomless. I was ALL OVER THAT when B got out of his meeting. But then their Carolina Cosmo ($3 during Happy Hour!!!) won me over.
Have you ever been to Charleston? I wanna go back!