Thursday, September 22, 2011

Above: The Charleston SC harbor.

My niece was married last weekend in Florida, so I decided to drive and make a vacation out of the trip. I lived in Raleigh NC for 21 years, so visited there first, then drove to Charleston SC.

There, I took a GrayLine bus tour and it was okay, but what I really wanted to see was Fort Sumter. Even if you hated history in school, you probably know that when Confederate artillery opened fire on this installation in 1861, the American Civil War had begun.

Fort Sumter's located in the Charleston harbor on a man-made island. (Seventy thousand tons of granite were shipped from New England to build it.) It was originally constructed to help guard the Atlantic coast after the War of 1812 with Great Britain. The structure is five-sided and made of brick.

I traveled from Charleston to Saint Augustine FL, founded by the Spanish in 1565. There are forts there, too, and I'll blog about that later this week.

Above: Fort Sumter seen from the ferry.

Above: The place is a fort and forts have cannons.

Above: This shot shows the left-half (looking towards Charleston) part of the fort. The bricks you see on the left are what's left of where the enlisted men were quartered.

Above: I hear they give discounts to seniors such as the old guy in this shot.

Images by MOJO and taken with my Canon.


  1. Nice pics, especially the last one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. My ex in-laws live in Isle of Palm just outside the city and I love the area. been years since I've been there tho. used to be a great open air, semi open any way, market in the city. Is it still there and did you go?

  3. @Josie: Thanks!

    @Wolfie: Didn't see the open air market. They showed us lots of old houses and a submarine that was used during the Civil War.

  4. Shame, the market is a great place to spend a few hours. What did you think of that strange porch design on the houses?

  5. @Wolfie: I like the porches and took some photos, but they didn't fit into the Ft. Sumter theme of the post.

  6. Very well done. Being an American history teacher in another lifetime, I remember Ft. Sumter well, though I've never been there. You've given me a good idea of what it looks like.

    Being in St. Augustine, you were only about two hours distant from us. We love St. Augustine and have spent many wonderful hours wandering about that town. Glad you had a good time!

  7. Ooops! Meant to say, I think "panera" is Spanish for breadbox. Panera Bread was started by a fellow up in Boston...fascinating story!

    We like their "Pick 2's" and I like the French onion soup!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Hi MOJO: Re your question on Ocala ... Yes, that is our Acura.

  9. Thanks! I've never seen the inside like this.

  10. Hi again, MOJO: You're absolutely right about that camera store having a hard time competing with the big box places. I'm not sure how much longer they'll be in business. I think the pharmacy is what keeps the place going.

    I bought a small point-and-shoot from the owner...but when I got it home it was defective so now I've got to bring it back. That's kinda sad.

  11. I visited there over 10 years ago. Remember they had some great stuff in the gift shop and an interesting video about the place. It was smaller than I anticipated. Nice pics.

  12. Okay, now where are the St. Augustine photos? :-)

  13. @NewinNov: thanks

    @Jacob: I'm posting the first piece about St. Augustine later today.