South Carolina: Majestic Oaks, Lush Greenery, and So Much More

Everywhere we have been so far has its own unique beauty and South Carolina is no exception.  The Avenue of the Oaks (pictured above) is just one example of what we have been enjoying the last week.  I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t also spend a few sentences bringing up the obvious:  there is a reason for all this beauty–its the water!!  And it is everywhere.  Every tree-lined street and freeway has standing water nearby and the air is thick with moisture all the time.

Angel Oak
Angel Oak Tree, Charleston South Carolina

The Spanish Moss wouldn’t be able to live without the humidity so I guess we can too.  Lucky for us the temperatures have been in the low to mid 80’s so we have been able to handle it.  No need for lotion here, our skin stays “dewey” all the time.  And if you are wondering what my first purchase was once we landed in James Island Campground near Charleston,  it was bug spray! Bugs and alligators, yup, it’s a package deal.

Middleton Gator
Middleton Place alligator

Speaking of alligators, we have had several encounters, all from a safe distance, and we both are fascinated by them.

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Huntington Beach wetland alligator

They are super-cool to watch especially when they are looking for dinner and we know it’s not us!  We were walking between two bodies of water when Mike spied an alligator really close at the edge of the pond, his head was resting in the weeds with his eyes on us.  Needless to say, I let out a little scream and jumped back.  When I turned my head back to the path there were two huge black snakes ahead.  I yelled again and decided it was time to head home–I had had enough wildlife for a day.

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Huntington Beach wetland alligator eating a crab

We spent our first full day here in the city of Charleston.  We both loved the seaport city.  The tree-lined streets and colorful houses are hard to beat.

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Charleston, South Carolina

Then add in all the restaurants, churches, and history and you can easily see why we enjoyed our stay here.  One thing we wanted to make sure and try was good ole Southern cooking, so we got a recommendation and headed over for dinner.  I didn’t realize it when I placed my order, but when my food came out we laughed because every single thing on my plate was fried!

Fried Food
Kris’s dinner of fried catfish, fried green tomatoes, fried okra, and fried corn on the cob

Oh my–can’t eat like that everyday.  We trekked around the city quite a bit and found several ornate churches and historic buildings.

White Church
St. Michaels Episcopal church, Charleston South Carolina
St. Phillips
St. Phillips church, Charleston South Carolina

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon building was built in 1771 and housed prisoners during the Revolutionary War.

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, built in 1771, Charleston South Carolina’s most historic building
Old Slave Mart
Old Slave Mart, Charleston, South Carolina

So much history in this famous place.

We also decided to visit two plantations while we were here.  Our first stop was Middleton Place and it really turned out to be a perfect choice.

Middleton House
Middleton Place Plantation, main house
Middleton Oak
Middleton Oak, 900-1000 years old
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Middleton Plantation

We spent quite a bit of time walking through the elaborate gardens and then made out way over to an exhibit called “Beyond the Fields-Slavery at Middleton Place”.  We were fortunate to have a guide who did an exceptional job with this tough subject.  He was a straight-shooter who gave us a view of the everyday life of the enslaved people with facts and information.  Hard to listen but important all the same.  Our second plantation visit was to Boone Hall and it was different but also informative.

Boone Hall House
Boone Hall Plantation House, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina
Boone Hall & Oaks
Avenue of the Oaks, Boone Hall Plantation, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

They still have slave cabins standing on their grounds and they have filled them with so much information about this period in time.  The bricks were all made by slaves and a few of them even have the imprints of slaves fingers on them.

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Boone Hall slave cabins date back to 1790
Slave Finger Marks
Slave made brick some still have their finger imprints
slave ship list
List of slave ships that brough slave to Charleston, SC

It is quite an experience.  We ended our day here by listening to a storyteller.  She was Gullah which refers to the African American culture from the Lowland area of South Carolina.

Gullah Woman
Gullah demonstration performer

She entertained us with stories and songs and ended by letting us know that her great grandmother had been a slave–

On our last day in Charleston we headed out on a boat to visit Fort Sumter in the Charleston Bay.

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Fort Sumter, where the Civil War started

It played an important part in the Civil War as it is where the first shots were fired.  It also was held by the Confederate Army for the duration of the war.

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Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina

After this we packed up and moved a few hours up the highway and stopped for a couple days in the Myrtle Beach area.  This was a perfect stop–a huge state campground just steps away from the beach.

Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach, South Carolina
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Blue Heron, Huntington Beach wetlands area, Huntington Beach State Campground, South Carolina

We especially enjoyed the warm ocean water and quiet beaches.  A great way to end our stay in South Carolina–next stop Williamsburg, Virginia.  Colonial America here we come.

Bunny
Bunny by our campsite, Huntington Beach State Campground, South Carolina

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  1. Loving my history lessons!!

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  2. I am terrified of swamps (and water in general). You’re so brave!

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  3. you know the picture with the caption, middletown oak yadde yadde ya, the tree has the shape of mrs. imhof’s hat.
    😀 😀

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  4. I agree with Barb! Another awesome history experience !!!

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  5. Crocodiles? Huge bugs? Slave houses? That sounds pretty sad. On the other hand, there’s wildlife and history.

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