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Charleston: Day 1

SATURDAY 10.25.08

After surviving the flash flood, it was great to be with my younger brother who is currently stationed in Charleston.

Charleston is a wonderful city with lots of pre-revolutionary architecture to go along with the rich history.

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Downtown is still lit by gas lamp.

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Swings were everywhere. Even down on the pier – they had public swings. Cool!

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Tourist-laden carriage rides were everywhere. It costs about $20 a person, but I’d recommend you do one of the walking tours. The downtown area is better seen on foot than from behind a horse.

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My younger brother, Stefon, at the Middleton Place Plantation which is a National Historic Landmark and a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that has survived revolution, Civil War, and earthquake.

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This grass is used for making local baskets.

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It was the home of four important generations of Middletons, beginning with Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress; Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Henry, Governor of South Carolina and an American Minister to Russia; and Williams, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession.

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The Middleton Tree was once the largest tree on the East Coast until a limb fell off last spring.

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Following the Plantation, we stopped off to see a replica of the Hunley submarine which is a civil war submarine.

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We finished the day with fried oysters and Shrimp n’ Grits at a local dive called Boulevard Diner. Incredible!

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The fried oysters were moist with a wonderful breading.

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The shrimp and grits were beyond my wildest dream. Check out the fried pickles on the side!

1 comment to Charleston: Day 1

  • Irene Morris

    I love all these pictures. Charleston looks so dreamy and quaint. Those trees with things hanging from them look like something from "The Hobbit."Those shrimp n grits look really yummy!

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