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Sitting prominently on the corner of Broad and Meeting, across from the old Post Office building, St. Michael’s is the oldest church in Charleston. Today’s church stands on the site of the first Anglican Church built south of Virginia. It’s a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
In the 1680’s a small wooden church was built on this spot and named St. Philip’s. By 1727 the church had become too small for the growing congregation and a new larger church was built on Church Street, but it was destroyed by fire in 1835 and had to be replaced.
By 1751, St. Philip’s was again too small for its flock so a larger structure — named St. …
Charleston is one of America’s most walkable cities, especially the area south of Broad Street. Compact enough to get around on foot, and with interesting architecture, gardening and history. I’ve greatly enjoyed both of my visits to this city.
During my last sojourn to Charleston, we stopped by the historic U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, a grand building situated just south of Broad near the corner of Meeting. It’s one of the oldest post offices in the United States and was completed in 1896 for the then staggering sum of $500,000. It’s thought that construction of this building lead to a revival of the area that surrounded it, then already well over a century old. The Historic Post Office is of …
I enjoy looking at small things in places I visit, such as the signage of a city. Among the best urban walks in North America is the area “South of Broad” in beautiful historic Charleston, past wonderful old mansions, most meticulously and loving preserved. There are some businesses here, but most of the businesses are “North of Broad”. This photo gallery has an assortment of signs that I found interesting in the city. I hope you enjoy it.
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The vegetation in the southeastern United States is unlike anywhere else I’ve been. I visited Charleston a few months ago and spent the better part of a day exploring the Magnolia Plantation, one of the grand estates of the Old South situated a few miles inland from Charleston. The lovely and sprawling gardens of this plantation included several bridges which I thought incredibly photogenic — the still water, with reflected trees and Spanish moss, was beautiful!
Besides enjoying grand panoramas of a city, I think it’s good to look at the smaller things, too. It’s often these that makes a place interesting and reveal a lot about its character. Details of architecture are among these facets, providing a sense of style, color, sometimes even grace.
My wife has been taking pictures of doors for years. I have to confess to being sensitized to entryways by her careful eye. In modern towns and cities, doors tend to be fairly ugly things — prefabricated, mass-produced, often of low quality. They lack character. That’s not at all true of older buildings and older cities, like many of those in Europe, and it’s certainly not true of Charleston. Here the doors …
In the past decade or so, Charleston has emerged as a food/foodie travel destination. On an extended weekend visit to Charleston, we enjoyed superb food every single meal. Most everything is fried and a little “heavier” than we’re used to, as you’d expect in the south, but we ate well and I’m sure we got onto our planes as we departed somewhat heavier than when we arrived.
One of the more memorable meals we enjoyed in Charleston was at Jestine’s Kitchen, named in honor of Jestine Matthews (a great southern cook). This restaurant was recommended by the hosts of our B&B accommodation, and also is a recommended by the best online source of great “American food,” …