On arriving onto the property, imagine having this for your driveway!
It took over yrs for the oak trees to manage to arch over to one another. We had just finished a full day at Magnolia Plantation and were pretty worn out and had reached our maximum sun exposure for the most part. We elected to tour what I was mostly interested in: The gardens of course! When the husband asked what I wanted to see here, I asked just to see the gardens and grounds.
We had been running full tilt at this point for three days and were also nearing the max point of comfort for how much we had been in the sun this day.
Our first point of exploration was a butterfly garden held within a small, netted structure. It contained a plethora of tropical plants and local flowers complete with fountains but the fountains were unfortunately being maintained and had been drained while we were there. My lens might have been overused a bit, snapping pictures of nearly everything in bloom. But how beautiful the colors are! We rounded up the day by taking a tractor-pulled wagon narrated by tour guides of the entire plantation. The wagon was covered by a tarp, and was very much the shade we needed at this point.
Unfortunately, the ride was a bit bumpy so I elected to simply sit back and listen to the history. But I did walk over and snap a picture of these older tractors on display near the area where we waited for our tour. It was a FULL three days with a day before to fly in and a day after to fly out. But it just goes to show how much you can fit in when on vacation. And even better, I got to see all these places with my favorite guy. Fort Moultrie : Carrying on after our first day of vacationing in the Charleston, South Carolina area took us to start day two at Fort Moultrie.
I was really impressed at the museum that is situated across the street from the fort itself. Firstly, it was a cool, dark oasis from the toasty trek that awaited us across the street at Moultrie.
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The staff were wonderful and welcoming to all who ducked into the building. The displays and information available strolling through the museum were really well done and engaging to all. Most of what I saw while touring the museum gave a sense of wonder at how anyone stationed here back in the day functioned in the heat.
You get an impression that it was sandy, hot and spartan. When you begin to contemplate having to manage huge cannon and ammunition in those conditions, it boggles the mind. While it seemed out of place being one of the few colorful pieces in contrast to everything else, it gave a nod to women playing a role in the non-combat roles available then. Venturing outside to the actual fort, armed to the hilt with my wide-brimmed straw hat and 70 yes, 70 SPF sunscreen, our first surprise awaited us. Evidently, Native Americans taken prisoner in the area then were relocated and imprisoned at Fort Moultrie.
This included Osceola and on his passing, he was buried here.
We likely could have spent much more time here, but as it was respectably hot and the sun was beating down, we made tracks from one site to another. This made investigating the many hallways and ammunition storage rooms a respite. Walking around the perimeter of the Fort is actually a nice stroll. There are interior structures and I was quite surprised with how cool the lowest level hallways and storage rooms were. I found a small flower growing alone out of the exterior brick wall — an interesting little find among the cannon lined up and pointing out to sea.
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Can you even imagine having to put hands on and manipulate cannon as huge as these in the heat of the day here? No doubt they had a heck of a kick when fired. The views looking out into Charleston Harbor were really beautiful. I could almost imagine how many young soldiers stood in this very spot admiring the sea over the years as well.
The Hunley Project — A perfect indoor activity for the hot weekend was a tour to see the restoration of the Hunley submarine. On entering the large facility that houses the restoration work and guided tours, we found a plethora of intriguing stories of the Hunley itself and the crews assigned to it. The staff who work and volunteer there were obviously passionate about this history and made our experience all the more engaging. We could have easily spent hours here; its money well spent to visit and help support the ongoing work.
It was relocated to a special tank that was filled with a special solution for years and is still happening to pull the salt out of it little bit by bit. When the tank is empty, works are able to continue restoration. Some of the models were really impressive, showing what the Hunley would have looked like fully whole. Since everything on the submarine was hand-powered or manually operated, the explosive weapon was mounted on a lance on the front of hull that the crew could aim roughly and ram into a target. Seeing a visual representation of just how tight the quarters were for the crew to work in was fascinating.
Seven men crammed themselves into a hull so small that even sitting upright was impossible.
They sat in a row as shown in the model above and operated a hand crank that powered the submarine. It sank the Housatonic and then no one knows what happened to it. There are several hypothetical scenarios, but no clear evidence why it sank and why it ended up much farther out towards sea than where it was thought to have gone down. One of the final stories we learned on exiting the tour was Lt.
The odds of a story like this one are amazing. The Hunley project facility was one of the best things we did. The mystery of what really happened to this ill-fated submarine will likely never be solved. We elected to come back here after taking off from the same point to ferry over to Ft. Sumter the day before. Having put in a solid day of touring around already, our visit here was admittedly short in comparison, but we already had an idea of what we wanted to see and where it was.
Being a bit tuckered at this point in the day and the heat, I might have unabashedly found an oasis in the shade standing under the wing of one of the aircraft.
The story of Scrappy the dog was the most endearing short story to happen upon while walking among the aircraft, displays and photographs. It has been far, far too long since we went on a vacation. Thus, a few weeks ago, we decided to simply book tickets and head to a mutually-agreed upon locale that would offer military history interest for the Mr. Charleston, South Carolina it was!
We stayed in nearby Mount Pleasant which was only a short drive from historic downtown and frankly, much easier to navigate when driving.
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