Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Recap of our Wonderful Time in Charleston

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Charleston where we took another tour with Landmark Events.  I cannot recommend this company enough; if they offer a tour anywhere near you, do yourself a favor and join it!  I highly doubt that you will be disappointed.  

Or you could do like we do and drive to a tour that is not near you which is what we did last week.  2700 miles.  We had a great time even though John was not able to be there.  :(

Isn't this door in St. Michael's Church beautiful?

The first day, we visited Fort Moultrie where the American War for Independence started.  Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures there.  Afterwards, we visited the Huguenot Church which is the only Huguenot church still being used as a Huguenot church, and it is hundreds of years old.  We learned how the dispersement of the Huguenots after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes benefitted many places in the world, especially the area around Charleston.  Then we visited St. Michael's Church which had this lovely stainless window.  We also toured a couple of cemeteries and learned about influential men like the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  To end our day, we took a tour of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon.

We started Wednesday at Fort Sumter where the first battle of the Civil War occurred.  Actually, we started the day by riding a ferry out to the fort.  That was fun!  We saw a few dolphins and enjoyed the wind in our faces.  

While there, the children had a relay race carrying various flags from the Confederacy.  I think Daniel is carrying the South Caroline Civil War flag.  Rachel and Mary participated, too, but I didn't get a good picture of them.

Then we visited the H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship in warfare.  What an interesting artifact from the Civil War!  The story of how it was made, how the men learned to sail it (is that the right word?), and how it sank the Housatonic, is all fascinating.  Adding to its intrigue is the search for it, how it was found 150 years after it sank, how they identified the men who were aboard, and the restoration process.   We had a wonderful docent which made the experience that much better.

Thursday morning, we drove to the Old Sheldon Church ruins.  Isn't it beautiful?!  Both the British and the Union troops burned it.  We learned that they did this because the patriot preachers and the Confederate preachers gave such fiery talks about independence and secession, and they wanted to stop them.  

Thursday afternoon, we toured Boone Hall Plantation which has the distinction of being one of the few places to still have slave quarters -- not in use, of course.  They were built of brick which is why they have lasted so long.  We learned some interesting things there about plantation life, how slaves were treated, and how many slave owners did not even want to own slaves, but they did not know how to get out of it. 

On Friday, we visited the Yorktown, a retired aircraft carrier.  I didn't take any pictures there, either.  Actually, I was the only one who did any touring of it; my mother took my children through the submarine tied up next to the Yorktown.  Since I'm claustrophobic, I thought I should sit that one out.  My children really enjoyed it, though.  Later that night, we had dinner on the fantail.  That was neat.

Have you been to Charleston?  Have you visited any of these places?  What did you think?

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