Since this isn’t a South Carolina photoblog–and since I can’t possibly even do Charleston, South Carolina justice anyway–I’ll smash this all into one post. Here’s a sampling of our “tourist” time this past week, in addition to the beach and Patriots Point/Fort Sumter. My goal was to give the kids a well-rounded taste of the depth and breadth of history here. It would be impossible to see everything there is to see in a place like this in the space of less than a week, but we tried a little of everything. There are several old plantations open for touring homes and grounds. We toured Magnolia Plantation on the Ashley River, and one morning after I’d worn them out and all they wanted to do was sleep, I popped out and toured Drayton Hall by myself. Downtown in the historic district, there are any number of tours available. We took a couple of walking tours (a “Pirate & Dungeon” tour and a “Ghost Walk” tour) and also a carriage-drawn tour. We took one of the smaller carriages, so it was just the five of us, the driver, and a 1900-pound Percheron named Kevin.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (and swamp).
Drayton Hall. (A much more subdued experience than Magnolia Plantation–there’s less going on at Drayton Hall, but the house is Colonial period and, to me, more interesting–though unfurnished. No marsh boat, no horticultural maze, and so on, like Magnolia, so P.S. I think the teenagers wouldn’t have liked Drayton Hall as much. Drayton Hall is a more “adult” experience while Magnolia is more appealing to kids, in my opinion. Drayton Hall is managed by the National Trust.)
Downtown historic district tours:
We also toured the Nathaniel Russell House. This house is so gorgeous inside, even has one of those “flying” staircases. As with most of these historic homes, you can’t take photos inside. (Drayton Hall is an exception.)
The Powder Magazine (colonial) museum (a lot of fun for a quick stop between tour times).
Ross can’t stand Morgan’s one-eye hair issue, so he took advantage of her being locked up.
Then he told her there were ants on the pillory. Teenagers are so much fun!
If you’re planning a trip to Charleston and want to check out some of these same tours and places of interest, you can find the info at these links: