Farmers Market and Battery Park in Charleston South Carolina

Friday 10/18/13 as I said in our last update we just hung around camp. We took care of our frosted up refer, rode bikes, went for walks and just killed the day being lazy. All in all a fine day.

But Saturday 10/19/13 we got up and around and headed back to historic downtown to check out the farmers market. By the time we got there it was already a bustle of activity.

Just a small area of the farmers market

Just a small area of the farmers market

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The outside market was filled with popup tents stuffed with produce, hand crafted items and food. And some street entertainment as well.

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There were 5 or 6 dancers performing

There were 5 or 6 dancers performing

By the time we left the market the place was packed with people. It’s obviously a very popular thing in the area.

Then we headed towards Battery Park also in the historic downtown area. Battery Park is a spot on the waterfront that features southern mansions, cannons, cannon balls, oak trees, palmettos, statues, a gazebo, and incredible views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse.

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A walkway in Battery Park

A walkway in Battery Park

Battery Park is also known as White Point Gardens. White Point gets its name from the piles of bleached oyster shells. This point was occupied by Fort Broughton and Fort Wilkins during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. In fact, the cannons were placed in the Battery in response to the War of 1812 intended to defend Charleston as a last defense.

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In addition to the wartime history of the Battery, White Point has a history of pirates. Dozens of pirates were hanged from oak trees and gallows in the early 1700s and left dangling from their nooses for days as a deterrent to prevent other pirates from entering Charleston Harbor. Legends abound about sunken treasure just waiting to be discovered in the waters.

Along the waterfront getting to Battery Park is a row of some huge and impressive old mansions. Once we got home I looked up the area on a realtor’s site and some of them are for sale in the $8 million neighborhood in case any of you are in the market!! But some go as low as the $3 million a block or so back.

A couple of the mansions

A couple of the mansions

Another mansion

Another mansion

After milling around the park we walked towards downtown again along the water front which had a few cobblestone roads.

a lot of the homes have gas lanterns and look at the cool cobblestone road

a lot of the homes have gas lanterns and look at the cool cobblestone road

Some nice water fountains

The fountain is running pink because of Breast Cancer Awareness

The fountain is running pink because of Breast Cancer Awareness

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And picturesque walkways amongst the tree’s.

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Then we circled and walked along Rainbow Row on the way back to the Jeep.

Rainbow Row. I borrowed this picture from the web.

Rainbow Row.. I borrowed this picture from the web

After the Civil War, this area of Charleston deteriorated into near slum conditions. In the early 1900s, Dorothy Porcher Legge purchased a section of these houses on East Bay and began to renovate them. She chose to paint these houses pink based on a colonial Caribbean color scheme. Other owners and future owners followed suit, creating the “rainbow” of pastel colors they are today. The coloring of the houses helped keep the houses cool inside as well as give the area its name.

More of Rainbow Row

More of Rainbow Row

Common myths concerning Rainbow Row include these reasons for the paint colors. According to some tales, the houses were painted in the various colors so that the intoxicated sailors coming in from port could remember which houses they were to bunk in. Another version is that the colors of the buildings date from their use as stores; the colors were used so that owners could tell illiterate slaves which building to go to for shopping.

Who really knows but it looks cool!! And some of the homes are around 250 years old!! That’s one thing we really enjoy about this side of the USA compared to living in Oregon,, the old buildings and architecture. No ding against Oregon intended!!

Then all of a sudden we realized we were starving!!! We left home at 8am and after looking at the time we realized it was after 2pm and we hadn’t eaten or drank a thing!! It was time to throw on the feed bag so we found our way back to the Jeep and headed home stopping at a BBQ joint on the way. And again,,, it took care of lunch and dinner except for a salad we had later at home.

We spent the rest of the day kicking back until the baseball game came on. I think we made it to the 6th inning and then we retired to bed and Diane watched more of the game while I conked out.

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