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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Charleston Adventure Continues

Today I thought I would continue my adventures downtown.  I did not go to one of the house museums on my list from Tuesday!
After dropping Lon off at camp, I went to the Joseph Manigault House.  It is owned and operated by the Charleston Museum. They call it Charleston's Huguenot House.  Being owned and operated by the Charleston Museum means we can take non flash photography!

This house is directly across the street from the Charleston Museum
This is the back of the house.
this is a side view. Behind the brick fence
On the way to the entrance of the house, I passed this on the other side of the street.
The front entrance through the Gate Temple
 A little bit about the Gate Temple.

The Gate Temple from the house
These are on either side of the stairs on the front of the house. The house is in the Federal style, so it is
very balanced and symmetrical.

Beautiful Chandelier!

The Chandelier from above
It was a wonderful tour, I had a private tour. The tour guide has been with the house for more than 40 years.

Crown molding detail.  What a lot of work went into this house!

Guess who also got to tour the house? They  were touring the house as part of the architecture part of camp.  

A little more information about the house. The yards were working yards.

Leaving the house.
I had some time before picking up Lon for lunch, so I went for a walk around the neighborhood.
Adorable store. Not sure what it is now, but in the black foundation they have raised letters that say:
JF Wragge Charleston SC 1891

This little park was tucked in on Elizabeth Street

This is the wall of a cemetery, I am not sure that you can see it but the wall is bowing out.  This cemetery is connected to the Second Presbyterian Church.  Which is right across the street from the Fourth Baptist Church.

 A little ways down on Elizabeth Street. There is this house. I love the ghost sign they kept on the house.
Over the wall of the cemetery
Another park near the Aiken Rhett House.

Tuesday's was red, today's was black

Time to pick up Lon! Lunch time!
We walked down King Street looking for something good. Someone was walking by and said that this place was really great. It looked a little sketchy to me!
The name was Gilroy's Pizza Pub.  It billed itself as Charleston's oldest pizzeria. Est. 1974.
Our pizza. It was good.  We ate about half of it. The rest we had for dinner!
On the way back to the museum we passed a French Macaroon shop.  Lon and I were looking forward to a macaroon. These were not what we were looking for. They were heavy, and mushy.   When the humidity goes down, I will make some for Lon.
After I signed Lon into Mad Science Camp, I walked over to the Aiken Rhett House Museum.
You were only allowed to take photographs outside.
the corner of an out building or dependency.

Two cows lived in this building. It was small. There are no cows there now
The back of the house. On the left is the kitchen and slaves quarters, on the right is the stables, carriage house and some more slave quarters.
The piazza. This is what Charlestonians call their porches.

Zero space between these homes!
Another park, on the way back to the car before the rain started coming down in buckets.  I waited in my car for about 45 minutes as the rain poured. Lon was still at camp.
On our way to the car, I let him stomp in puddles and dance in the rain. We were going to get soaked on the way to the parking lot, no matter what, so we enjoyed it.
Lon and I call out Cool Car Alert every time we see an old or very stylish car. This car was as cool as it gets.  I am not sure I would be brave enough to take it out in the rain.
Lon took pictures of the car out the back window of the car.
We made it home and it was not raining as hard here as it was downtown
It was a fun day, not as much walking, but a very good day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Adventures in Charleston!

This week, Lon is at camp. Museum Camp. He has three hours in the morning, learning about the museum and what they hold, and the second three hours in mad science camp, building small machines. Catapults and such. He is having a ball
He is having a great time!
 The next pictures, and there are a lot of them, are all what I took on my walking adventure while Lon was at camp

 In front of Fire House 32
At the market. It was early enough I could take a picture of this mural!

Little bird

The garden entrance of the Edmonston Alston House.
This house is part of the Middleton Place Foundation, so I was able to use my Middleton pass! It was a wonderful place.
You were not allowed to take any photos of the inside of the house. If you look closely at the window you can see some of the silver collection. There are several pieces that were made by a woman silversmith. Her name was not given on our tour.
Not sure which one was the better photo, the one before the tour or after, so you get both!

Sailing school.  Lon and I need to do that!
I am not sure this readable, but it tells about the wall around the city.
Rainbow Row

history bit

there is even art in the street
At Fleet Landing where I stopped for lunch
Harbor Tour. Looks like it might be fun to do one day!

One Cruise ship in town
St. Philips

Inside the Heywood-Washington House.  We were able to take photos inside. This instrument was built in the 1680s.   In France.

Looking out toward the kitchen. The kitchens in the older homes were never in the main house. Fire was a huge concern, and also the owners were not troubled by cooking odors. This is what the guide told us
Cat fish row, which was featured in Porgy and Bess.
At the Charleston museum, they have the piano on which Gershwin composed the musical. Even though it was not a commercial success at the time, it has become one.

I love all the gates around the city.
The last photo of my adventure.
The battery in my camera died.
Tomorrow is another day.