Although our initial plan was to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in Italy, we decided that due to the economy we would put it on hold and venture somewhere stateside instead. Besides, the gist of the trip was to have a little getaway time together. So as lovers of architecture and history, we headed to a town that oozed charm and delighted our senses.
Charleston South Carolina’s historic district is drenched in interesting architecture and wonderful wrought iron fences that give you a peek into charming little backyard gardens. (Well, in Charleston’s fashion, side yard gardens) Since we arrived early in the evening we decided to acquaint ourselves with this new place we would delving into for the next couple days. We were delighted and enthralled by all the various aspects of the buildings as we set out on Meeting Street. We were like giddy kids pointing out all the goodies that came into view.
Decievingly , many of the homes front door seem open into the street but as you can see in the photo this is not the case. This particular home has a stairway to the porch beyond the false door.
And you’ll notice this lovely home also has a false front door. (by checking out the transom window above the door). And another great feature of Charleston homes are the two story porticos most of which overlook lush gardens!
I found all of Charleston to have this sort of magical, what’s around the next corner, feel to it. We were carried down each street with a sense of adventure!
The huge windows, that are actually large enough to be used as doors, were one of the changes made later in the home. In the 1830’s and 1850’s, owners Governor and Mrs William Aiken, Jr. expanded the home. However, the home has remained un-altered since 1858.
Aat one time, the backyard contained a garden area and still remaining are a brick chicken coop , a horse and carriage house, and a kitchen and laundry.
Slave quarters were housed above both the kitchen and laundry building and the carriage house. It was found that the slave quarters, that were situated in a dormitory style, had been painted in vibrant colors.
Held in beauty and historical significance the Federal Style Edmonston-Alston home catches the ocean breezes due to its close proximity to the Charleston Harbor. And in southern style, this house just like others in Charleston, is situated to make the most use of them. And it is from one of these porticos in 1861 that General Beauregard and General Lee watched the firing on Fort Sumter.
Typical of most historical homes no photographs are permitted indoors. Hopefully this photo through the porch doorway allows enough of sneaky peek in to satisfy a bit of curiosity. However, I think it may just make you wanting to experience it for yourself. This home was on of the first to be built on the Battery and has one of best locations in town!
This photo shows some of elaborate details of this special home. This place is so special to the family that the eighth generation of Alstons still lives in the home on the third floor. I’m sure their ancestor Charles Alston, who bought the place in 1837 from original owner Charles Edmonston of Scotland, would be thrilled.
And at night Charleston charm continues to shine through.
Two days of roaming the urban plantations and homes were followed by trekking to country plantations along the Ashley River. This included touring the following lovely, grand places:
I have more to share of these rural old gems to give you a sense of how their gregarious nature pulled us up and into the front door… just too much to share here… watch for it!