Friday, April 30, 2010

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Charleston, SC

Today we visited the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site located on the north side of Charleston, SC. Charles Pinckney was one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution and a Representative of South Carolina. This historic site is a small part of what used to be Pinckney's 715 acre plantation here. This was also his smallest plantation.

Patriot's Point, Charleston, SC

Patriot's Point is on the north side of the harbor in Charleston, SC and is home to the aircraft carrier and museum USS Yorktown. This is also where we boarded the ferry for our trip to Fort Sumter.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston, SC

Our visit to Fort Sumter was on a warm but very windy day. The monument is located at the entrance of Charleston harbor and it's where the first shots of the Civil War were fired - fired at, that is. The fort was originally a three story structure, as seen in the picture of the model, but was reduced to a pile of rubble by bombardment during the war. The black structure is a concrete shore battery built for coastal defense during the Spanish American War.

Fort Moultrie, Charleston, SC

Fort Moultrie is located at the north entrance to Charleston harbor. This is one of the locations Confederate troops used to fire at Union occupied Fort Sumter at the start of the Civil War.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Angel Oak Tree, Charleston, SC

The Angel Oak is believed to be over 1500 years old and is the oldest living thing in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. It is over 25 feet around the base and provides about 17,000 sq feet of shade to it's visitors. The longest limb is about 89 feet long and 11 feet around.