Ruby having fun in the pumpkin patch at Evans Orchard in Georgetown, Ky.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Hampton Plantation is a Georgian style mansion from 1735. It is a short day trip from Charleston and is located in the Santee delta region. The house tour takes less than an hour and there are demonstration rice fields on the property.
My favorite room inside Hampton is the large drawing room with a vibrant blue paint color and Federal style mantle.
The 19th century wallpaper remnant is on the second floor of the house.
After driving several miles on a dirt road we came across St. James Santee Parish Church on the old King's highway to Charleston. The church was commonly called the Brick Church at Wambaw. The building dates from 1768.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Jesse and I both took our city tour guide license earlier this year and are now both official tour guides for the city of Charleston. We have talked about owning our own business for a couple of years and it has finally happened! So let us introduce to you History Talks: Charleston Walking Tours.
Our aim is to provide private, personalized walking tours of the historic district of Charleston. I of course like to focus on architectural history, while Jesse is very interested in pirates and Revolutionary War history.
If you are planning on coming to Charleston, or know someone else who is visiting the city, please let them know about our walking tour business! You can reserve a tour on our web site.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Morris Island lighthouse stands all alone about 300 yards off shore from the island of Folly Beach. It can be viewed from the northeast end of Folly Island and from the bridge coming on to Folly Beach.
The Morris Island lighthouse is now completely surrounded by water but was once sitting on a good sized island with numerous buildings around it. The lighthouse was completed in 1876 and was the second lighthouse to be built on the island.
Toward the end of the 1800s the channel had again shifted, but this time the change threatened the Charleston Harbor. In order to keep the channel open several jetties had to be built. These were completed in 1889. Although the channel into Charleston was saved, the changing tidal currents resulting from the jetties caused severe erosion on Morris Island. The island began to shrink. By 1938 many of the buildings were destroyed and others moved.
Since 1938 over 1600 feet of land surrounding the tower has been lost. Today it stands alone, completely surrounded by water. In 1962 the Sullivan’s Island lighthouse was built to replace the Morris Island Light, which was decommissioned. The U.S. Coast Guard had plans to demolish the tower but petitions from local residents saved the structure. The Coast Guard built an underground steel wall around the tower to protect it from further erosion damage. The lighthouse is now privately owned and efforts are underway to preserve the Morris Island Light.
The Morris Island Lighthouse Project – www.savethelight.org – is working to preserve and restore the lighthouse. Please visit their sites and learn much more about the rich history of Morris Island. Directions: The Morris Island Lighthouse can best be seen from the northeast end of Folly Beach.
Text courtesy of http://www.follybeach.com/lighthouse.php