The LowCountry

These towns are as charming and hospitable as I have ever encountered anywhere. Oh my.

Charleston is lovely and quaint. It has many grand homes built around the turn of the 19th century. The Palmetto Tree, in the picture below, is the state tree of South Carolina.IMG_8962 copy

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Below is the Citadel, a military college steeped in tradition. IMG_8953

Offshore from Charleston out in the channel is Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. This bullet, which is actually an elongated cannonball and about 8 inches diameter, went over the wall and is lodged in the inside wall of the fort.IMG_8964

Next we’ll look at Savannah from the windows of a trolley. What a picturesque town! The historic city is only about a mile square, and laid out in a grid with 22 squares (parks) like the one below.IMG_8994

The trees are magnificent beyond belief.IMG_8983

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So are the many fine mansions. These homes were built in the late 1700s to early 1800s and in those days the roads were not paved and the horses kicked up a lot of dust. So the houses here and in Charleston were built on raised foundations so the dust would not get inside. IMG_9033

Cotton made this area very prosperous after the Civil War. IMG_9009

Cheryl and me clowning around in some hats in the museum.IMG_9025

Comments

Peggy J, said…
The Kentucky Derby is less than two weeks away. Get your hats ready!
Sue said…
Ahhh, so close and yet so far. We were near Savannah just a week ago. Love Charleston and the Low Country. Can't wait to see your next stop.
Those trees are gorgeous, remind me of the ones in New Orleans. Love the grand homes and the goofy hat pic. Looks like you are having a great time.
Judy S. said…
Oh my, are you going to the Kentucky Derby? If you've not already read it, you might enjoy Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Have fun!
DebbyMc said…
Gorgeous photos of two places on my "list." Charleston and Savannah, I will visit you!! Just got back into reading blogs and even wrote a blog post myself today (amazing!)...I've been around, just lazy I guess =-)