Yesterday we went into Charleston S. C. We easily found a parking garage. We then walked 2 blocks to where Classic Carriages were giving tours. Our driver was Scott and our horse was an ex-Amish Percheron workhorse. He is treated like a king....even has a beer at the end of his 5 hour shift. He works 1 hour and has 20 min. off.
We passed the City Market once a slave market and entered the historical district of the city.
Charleston has many unique colonial homes. It is different to Savannah as it has no verdant squares. Trees are mainly in gardens of which there are many. There were few verandas, porches or porticos.
First privacy doors opening onto porticos were pointed out. A portico is a covered veranda running alongside a house usually with couches and chairs on it. It is used in summer for resting and sometimes sleeping.
Porches were at the front of the house usually with a roof over top.
Verandas run around the entire house and are covered.
Many houses had columns similar to Savannah.
Shutters were a black green painted with leftover paint from painting church steeples black so they were harder to spot during the civil war. The enemy used steeples to pinpoint the houses during cannonball fire. After the war green was added to the Charleston black to lighten it.
Both wrought iron and cast iron fences, railings and gates were seen.
Most places had beautiful gardens. Some had grey brick walkways between them. Many of the fences were covered with creeping fig...a green leaved vine.
Broad street and Meeting Street were the center of town. All streets were numbered from there.
Streets were named for their functions...hence Church Street had churches on it, Market Street a market, Bank Street banks. Broad Street was broad...one of the few in town.
Charleston has few statues and fountains.
Earthquake buttons can be seen on the sides of buildings. Rods were put in the buttons and tightened each day to repair buildings not so badly damaged during a quake in the 1800's.
Water from floods has left behind stains on buildings....on the market they are 10-12 feet above street level.
Some of the city sits on claimed land...reclaimed. It is mostly below sea level. The city is surrounded by water on three sides with the Ashley, Folly Rivers and Atlantic Ocean.
Scott gave us a lot of history intermingled with humor.
After the tour we walked through the market...now mostly baskets, sweets and souvenirs. We left town.
Lunch was had on the way to Willmington where we spent the night after driving through its colonial district.
Today we drove north in rain to 171 and on to 64 to go to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We found a restaurant Ladles and tried she-crab soup. Delicious.
After lunch we went to the Wright Brothers Museum at Kill Devil's Hills. Here is where Wilbur and Orville experimented and perfected their flying machines while residing at Kitty Hawk...a stone's throw away. We saw their wind tunnel and how it worked as they designed the wings, elevator, rudder, propellers and body of the plane.
After as rain had again started in full force we got a room at the Baymont in Kitty Hawk. If we peer between "cabins", we can see the Atlantic. Houses are raised up to prevent damage from flooding.
Dinner...a seared seafood platter was shared....was at Hurricane Mo's. We walked home and settled.