Gardens in Charleston

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Gardens in Charleston

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  • DOC PKC
    New York City, NY24 contributions
    I would like to first comment on the grounds, which are spectacular. The grounds contain beautiful gardens that are designed with the architectural principles of Versailles. There are oaks that are more than 35 feet in diameter on the grounds and traditional breed livestock roaming the ground. Artisans plying crafts of old are also featured to give a Colonial Williamsburg type of feel, but on a much smaller scale.

    The most memorable portion of the visit was actually a 35 minute talk given by one of Middleton Plantation’s volunteer, Jerry Bannon. His talk attempted to, and succeeded, in trying to reconcile the beauty of the grounds with institutionalized terrorism and inhumanity of slavery that led to its creation. His talk was stirring, in depth, led to a lot of new thought about how we perceive slavery and it’s implications today.

    There were two points out of the many points that he made the audience ponder that were particularly memorable. One was how many people were complicit with the institution of slavery than the white male plantation owners. Bankers in NY that financed the slave trade, ship builder in New England that built the ships, textile manufacturers in England and the African slavers are among many that share responsibility. He also gave the group his thoughts of the differences between racism and bigotry and how it likely affects all of us today. If I were a teacher, I would bring my class.
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • MEHEL3
    Fayetteville, NC654 contributions
    Our visit to this area was 10 August 2022. We had been on a Carriage ride early during the week and passed through part of this area. One evening decided to come back to learning a little more and get a closer view. Peace and beautiful and witness a young man propose to his future wife. Was a little upset with a gentleman letting his big dog poop and not cleaning it up. No respect. But the walks and homes in this area are beautiful. Nice and peaceful with a nice breeze. Area is safe and located in prominent area.
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • QueenOfTh3Road
    Charleston, WV60 contributions
    We took all ad on tours. I recommend that. Makes for a busy day. If you have trouble walking might wanna spread your visit into 2 days..
    Written September 18, 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,845 contributions
    Washington Square is the oldest public park in Charleston, South Carolina, dating to 1818. Located in the heart of the city's beautifully landscaped historic district, behind City Hall at the corner of Meeting Street and Broad Street, it is noted for the planting beds and red brick walls that were installed in 1881. With plenty of shade and seating to relax on a hot summer day and admire the flower displays and oak trees and historic monuments, visitors also are close to some of the city's most popular bars and restaurants. Most notably, in the center of the park is an obelisk-shaped memorial to the Washington Light Infantry, a military and social organization located in Charleston. One of the oldest militia groups still active in the United States, it was founded in 1807. Made of Carolina gray granite, the 42-foot high memorial, a smaller model of the Washington Monument in Washington DC, was unveiled in 1891 and is inscribed with the names of important military battles. Along the east wall of the park is a monument to Confederate General Pierre Beauregard, who was in charge of the city's defenses during the Civil War in 1862-1864. Finally, a life-size sculpture of George Washington was unveiled in 1999. What took so long? The park's name was changed from City Hall Park to Washington Square on October 19, 1881, the centennial of the British surrender at Yorktown, ending the Revolutionary War.
    Written September 14, 2021
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  • Chygrl
    93 contributions
    During a Gullah Tour, we stopped by this museum. We had the privilege of visiting Mr Simmons workshop and the inside of his home. Such an humble man with an amazing talent. It’s not a whole lot to see as the home is small. The iron works on display are beautiful.
    Written July 11, 2018
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  • Liz
    Charleston, SC22 contributions
    Theodora Park is a wonderful little park outside the Gaillard Center that is a great place to sit down and have a picnic or read a book. There are plenty of purple chairs and places to sit here. This park is very nicely manicured and maintained and the end result is a beautiful park that everyone can enjoy by themselves or with a group of friends. I like how this park appears and is present as a green space that is calm and relaxing.
    Written August 16, 2019
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  • WilliamWillieWilson
    Nashville, TN1,284 contributions
    A hidden gem even for Charlestonians, Wragg Square is a quaint little park among many in the city, packing 26 different species of plants in a small area.

    You’ll notice an old brick wall and ornate fence bordering the park that dates to the early 1800s. The steps were refurbished in 2016. Best of all, the pathway leads up to the historic Second Presbyterian Church.
    Written July 28, 2020
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