Submitted by LindaOne of my favorite days on our girl's trip was our last full day in the charming city of Charleston. We got going in the morning (to avoid the heat and humidity) and headed out to the Palmetto Carriage barn, to take in some city history via a horse drawn carriage.
The Calhoun house, pictured below, has three huge covered porches on the side. Craig always talks about having a house with a porch, so I texted him this picture.
We saw other interesting things from long ago. Here and there we saw raised concrete blocks, used to help people step up into their carriages.
This next picture shows one of the last six remaining cobblestone streets, which dates from the mid 1700s. The stones were dumped from the hulls of sailing ships to make room for cargo. The stones were then put to use in stabilizing the sandy, rutted streets facing the harbor.One of the oddest buildings we saw was the Old Powder Magazine. It is the oldest public building and dates back to the early 1700s, and was used as a powder magazine until after the Revolution. The walls are quite thick, compared to the roof, so that if ever it were to explode, it would explode upwards, rather than outwards. It has never blown up, and now is a museum.
In 1680, a growth and development plan was designed for the new city. This plan specifically designated four corners for a “church, town house and other public structures.”
As a result of that design, the Four Corners of Law is located where Meeting and Broad Streets meet. On one corner is Charleston City Hall (local law); another corner the Charleston County Courthouse (state law); another corner the United States Courthouse and Post Office (federal law); and St. Michaels Church (God’s law) is located on the final corner. According to Ripley's Believe it or not, this is the only U.S. location where this occurs. The picture of the Four Corners of Law came from The Carpetbagger blog, which you can see HERE.
The large, long double-pew in the center of the church, No. 43, originally known as “The Governor’s Pew,” is the one in which President George Washington worshipped on Sunday afternoon, May 8, 1791. General Robert E. Lee also worshipped in the pew some seventy years later. - See more at: http://www.stmichaelschurch.net/about-us/history/#sthash.RFChKmWq.dpuf
The large, long double-pew in the center of the church, No. 43, originally known as “The Governor’s Pew,” is the one in which President George Washington worshipped on Sunday afternoon, May 8, 1791. General Robert E. Lee also worshipped in the pew some seventy years later. - See more at: http://www.stmichaelschurch.net/about-us/history/#sthash.RFChKmWq.dpufIf I remember correctly, the building below held an important meeting regarding democratic presidential candidates prior to the 1860 convention. Two democrats were nominated (one being Steven Douglas), which split the democratic vote, and resulted in Abe Lincoln winning that election. And the rest, they say, is history.
My picture doesn't do justice to the crystal chandeliers!
After our carriage ride and history lesson, we stopped by the Dixie Supply Bakery and Cafe, another of Guy Fieri's recommendations. Notice the line that goes out the door!