Charleston, SC 11/12 - 11/16

We drove to Charleston today and I had to drive over two VERY NARROW and VERY HIGH bridges that I DID NOT like driving over at all!!. As a matter of fact, the chain link fence on one of the bridges was bent in one spot and the top of the fence was bowed inward just slightly; yes, just slightly enough to hit my right-hand outside mirror. It knocked the mirror out of alignment and scratched it up quite a bit, but I was able to touch up the spots and realign the mirror. Anyway, it just demonstrates how narrow the @#$% bridges are. I discovered the bridge is 155 feet high.

Now I know why they have a truck bypass around the city.
By the way, we are staying at the Oak Plantation Campground on US 17 SW of Charleston.

11/13 we visited Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. This is where the first shot of the Civil War was fired. It is built on a man-made island well out in the middle of the harbor. It was originally over 50 feet tall with three levels of gun emplacements. During the siege of Charleston, all but the lower level of Fort Sumter was destroyed by Federal shelling.
On the left are some of the gun emplacements in the lower level. On the right, Susan is looking at a Federal cannon shot that was imbedded in the wall. The Federal army had developed rifled cannons that enabled the shells to penetrate the 5 ft. thick walls.

 


After visiting Fort Sumter, we took a walk along the waterfront and then through the old part of the city. The steeple is St. Michaels Episcopalian Church dating from 1751.
This is an example of the houses that are in the old district. Some dating back to the 1600's.
This beautifully scrolled gate caught our attention.
There were a number of trees that had these flowers on them. I'm not sure what they are called but they are absolutely beautiful.

11/14 We had a busy day planned today, so for the first time in months, we set the alarm to get up early so we could get on with the day.

Our first stop was the USS Yorktown that is docked at Patriots Point across the harbor from Charleston. It is just amazing that anything that size can float. However, with it hugh size, the only large areas on the ship are the flight deck and the hanger area, both pictured below. The living and working areas are very cramped.


The flight Deck


The Hanger Deck


Our next stop was the Boon Plantation. Our timing was right because this is the weekend that they had a reenactment of the battle of Secessionville. This was the first and only Federal attempt to take Charleston from the South on land, and you guessed it, the Confederates won this battle.

It really was quite a display. They had both Union and Confederate camps with tents, campfires. horses and even women and children.

 




 


11/15 We visited the Charleston Museum this morning and then walked around the old portion of the city again today. This intriguing entrance to a courtyard and the single window caught my attention.
We walked down the beautiful cobble stone alley, pictured on the left, to find this wonderful house nestled off to one side.

11/16 We visited the Francis Beidler Forest today. It contains the Four Holes Swamp (nobody knows how it got its name). Do you know the difference between a swamp and a marsh? A swamp is a flooded forest and a marsh is a flooded grassland.
The picture at the right shows the Cypress knees. They are an outgrowth of the roots from a Bald Cypress trees.

This is a picture of the only remaining Angel Oak in the country. It is over 1400 years old and it is gigantic.