Wednesday, November 30, 2011

To the Battery and Back

 The Battery is a raised, land marked promenade built along the Cooper (East Battery) and Ashley (South Battery) Rivers at the tip of the Charleston peninsula. It was built in the 18th Century to shore up the Cooper River side of the peninsula, and became a promenade in 1838. Many prominent Charlestonians built their homes here, beginning in the early 19th Century.
From the tip of the peninsula, we swung back up King Street to head home...for a few hours.

Looking north, where East Bay Street becomes East Battery.

Looking south along the Battery. This is where all of Charleston crammed onto piazzas and rooftops on April 12, 1861, at 4:30 in the morning, and watched as Confederate batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter for 34 straight hours.
A deceptively "small" home on the Battery.

Looking down Water Street.
The lavish Porcher-Simonds House at 29 East Battery, built in 1856.

Across the street, the pink house at number 25 East Battery is the Drayton house. There was a scary owl in the top balcony. Get out of the shot, Guy!!!

Uncle Junior enjoying the Harbor views.

Fort Sumter is in the center of the photo, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. Not only were the first shots of the Civil War fired here, but the first successful submarine attack in history occurred here in 1864, when the H.L. Hunley attacked the USS Housatonic. However, the Hunley sank on her way back, ending the threat to the Union Blockade.
A double height piazza on the 1838 Charles Roper House at 9 East Battery. As Union soldiers were marching towards Charleston, and the city was being evacuated, the Confederate Army began exploding munitions and cannon to save them from enemy hands. One mishap occurred when an enormous Blakely gun exploded and sent a piece of shrapnel through the roof of the Roper House...where it remains lodged in the rafters to this day.

The whole gang heading towards White Point Gardens and the very tip of the Charleston peninsula, where the Cooper meets the Ashley.

Looking north from South Battery, you can see the Ravenel Bridge in the distance.

The South Carolina sun shining on White Point Gardens (originally named because the land was covered with washed up white oyster shells). This is also the sight of Fort Broughton (built in the 1730's) and Fort Wilkins. The cannon were first placed here during the War of 1812 as a last defense to the city. This area is also where many a pirate was hanged in 1718-1719. AAAARRRGH!!

A shot of South Battery. There is a house for sale a few doors down. Here's the link.
A rare lot available to build on (but you must incorporate the small structure on the property).

A VERY private garden along south King Street.
Many homes still use gaslight for their outdoor lights.

The Miles Brewton House is one of the finest examples of a complete Georgian townhouse complex in the United States. Built in 1769, it remains in the Brewton family, as does many Charleston houses. I find that to be simply amazing.

A look at the entrance to the gardens and service buildings.

The wrought iron above the gate says "Keep Out" without needing a sign.

As do the spikes adorning the fence in front of the house.

More wrought iron.

A lovely formal garden.

A Charleston Double House.

This new build looks, to me, decidedly out of place.

The shadows were growing long, it was time to head home. I was already in love with the place.

On the way out I saw this bar. A Henry's in Charleston? We spent some time here on the roof deck later that night.
But first we went home to rest a bit...with cocktails, of course.

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