Southern Charm Part Two – Charleston!

As promised, here is a recap of the second part of my trip to Savannah and Charleston.

On the road to Charleston,  we stopped at a small general store and I was amazed at the surprising array of great foods made by the locals.

  Being in the south, of course I bought grits and jam…

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After reviewing the guidebook, we decided to spend our time on historic tours in the Charleston area.

One of the homes we visited was Drayton Hall,  now owned by the National Trust whose mission is to preserve, not “restore” this former rice plantation.

It is considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States….two entrances, one for guests that arrived by river and another by  road.

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A view from the inside…

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Charleston lived up to its great reputation for architecturally preserved homes… the side entrances were to allow the women to be able to sit on the balcony on a hot day and have privacy while lifting their skirts a bit to catch the breeze…

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We also visited the Nathaniel Russell house built in 1809 –  A true glimpse into life over 200 years ago…

I have always loved antiques, but after this trip, I have a renewed sense of appreciation for them.

The craftsmanship is incredible and almost impossible to  find these days, I was truly in awe of this home and the finely restored architectural details…

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The blue on the walls is a vibrant turquoise!

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This is an engineering marvel for its time.  A three story suspended staircase…

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And finally, a sign I saw in a window…

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