What’s your favorite Christmas decoration? I like plain old white lights…

What’s your favorite Christmas decoration? I like plain old white lights…

Fire it up #danielisland ! July 3 celebration.  (at Daniel Island Childrens Park)

Fire it up #danielisland ! July 3 celebration. (at Daniel Island Childrens Park)

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#danielisland #palm (at Daniel Island)

#danielisland #palm (at Daniel Island)

Cathedral Church on Coming St #charleston #downtown

Cathedral Church on Coming St #charleston #downtown

Hey, if you’re really into #charleston history like me, check out our guest series from the talented @oysterpointtours on the High Battery blog (link in my profile). 

This is one of many gorgeous window boxes on Tradd Street, #southofbroad. Happy Monday!

Hey, if you’re really into #charleston history like me, check out our guest series from the talented @oysterpointtours on the High Battery blog (link in my profile).

This is one of many gorgeous window boxes on Tradd Street, #southofbroad. Happy Monday!

I once sat next to southern novelist Dorothea Benton Frank on a plane. She lives on Sullivan’s Island. I asked her about this #domehouse and she said it is fondly called the George Jetson house. It was built after Hurricane Hugo wiped out a bunch of beautiful homes on the coast. #sullivansisland #lowcountry #charleston #hurricane

I once sat next to southern novelist Dorothea Benton Frank on a plane. She lives on Sullivan’s Island. I asked her about this #domehouse and she said it is fondly called the George Jetson house. It was built after Hurricane Hugo wiped out a bunch of beautiful homes on the coast. #sullivansisland #lowcountry #charleston #hurricane

25 East Battery, the Drayton House, built 1885 in the Victorian Style. Charles Drayton mined phosphate, a key ingredient in fertilizers (and cleaning supplies and even nuclear power plant water systems) at the Drayton Hall plantation on the Ashley River. The Victorian style was very popular in San Francisco at the time, although many were destroyed in a huge fire in 1906, an exasperating commonality in the history of many important cities. I have been able to personally see lots of Victorian architecture in California, since I lived there for seven years, and the state grew quickly when the style was popular.

25 East Battery, the Drayton House, built 1885 in the Victorian Style. Charles Drayton mined phosphate, a key ingredient in fertilizers (and cleaning supplies and even nuclear power plant water systems) at the Drayton Hall plantation on the Ashley River. The Victorian style was very popular in San Francisco at the time, although many were destroyed in a huge fire in 1906, an exasperating commonality in the history of many important cities. I have been able to personally see lots of Victorian architecture in California, since I lived there for seven years, and the state grew quickly when the style was popular.

21 East Battery. Front row seat to the opening volley of the Civil War. At least three US Generals are mentioned in this house’s history: PT Beauregard, who observed the first shots of the Civil War from the top balcony (1861); Robert E Lee, who took refuge here while a fire took over his hotel (1861); and Rufus Saxton, a Union General who occupied the house in 1865. The first two floors are public museums operated by the Middleton foundation. The Alston family coat of arms is on the upper balcony.

21 East Battery. Front row seat to the opening volley of the Civil War. At least three US Generals are mentioned in this house’s history: PT Beauregard, who observed the first shots of the Civil War from the top balcony (1861); Robert E Lee, who took refuge here while a fire took over his hotel (1861); and Rufus Saxton, a Union General who occupied the house in 1865. The first two floors are public museums operated by the Middleton foundation. The Alston family coat of arms is on the upper balcony.

19 East Battery, formerly the site of the Holmes House, formerly Fort Mechanic, formerly Fort Darrell, formerly Lyttelton’s Bastion. Currently an Italian-villa inspired home. Fort Mechanic was built in anticipation of a French invasion in 1794, around when the Haitian slaves revolted against the French in a big way.

19 East Battery, formerly the site of the Holmes House, formerly Fort Mechanic, formerly Fort Darrell, formerly Lyttelton’s Bastion. Currently an Italian-villa inspired home. Fort Mechanic was built in anticipation of a French invasion in 1794, around when the Haitian slaves revolted against the French in a big way.

13 East Battery, built by William Ravenel, brother and biz partner of John Ravenel a few doors down— check my earlier post on 5 East Battery for the notes. This is really a huge house and you must walk along the side road to truly appreciate it. Its drawing room, where visitors can be entertained, is one of Charleston’s largest, according to the Charleston tour guide certification book. A wicked hurricane in the 1950s nudged a capital (top of a column) into the soil, where it was found years later under an uprooted tree. I see that station wagon there pretty often.

13 East Battery, built by William Ravenel, brother and biz partner of John Ravenel a few doors down— check my earlier post on 5 East Battery for the notes. This is really a huge house and you must walk along the side road to truly appreciate it. Its drawing room, where visitors can be entertained, is one of Charleston’s largest, according to the Charleston tour guide certification book. A wicked hurricane in the 1950s nudged a capital (top of a column) into the soil, where it was found years later under an uprooted tree. I see that station wagon there pretty often.