Thursday, April 26, 2012

Charleston/Savannah - Day 3 {Middleton Place & Fort Sumter}

On our third day in Charleston we visited some historical sites. 
The first one was Middleton Place Plantation
You start your tour at this serene statue.
Isn't she lovely?
{speaking of lovely!!}
Middleton Place has 65 acres of gardens, stable yards and a museum.
Here's an overhead shot of the place that I borrowed from their website.

This sign gives some history of the plantation.  It is a national historic landmark.
Look at the size of the tree trunk. Enormous!
I love how this photo looks like a painting.
Everywhere you looked, it was stunning.
Well maybe stunning isn't the word for this snake we passed on a shady path.
There were plenty of spots to rest and reflect.
Here's a bit of the original plantation's ruins.
This building holds the restaurant.
It was such a beautiful day and so pleasant to tour the grounds...
which were huge!
This photo is of a turtle riding on the back of a tiny alligator!
It was a lovely way to spend our Easter Sunday morning.
After Middleton we drove back into downtown Charleston to catch the ferry to Fort Sumter.
A view of the bridge from the ferry.
It was super windy on the upper deck.
These five flags represent a timeline of Civil War flags at the fort from 1861-1865.
When we landed, we listened to the history of the fort which was so interesting!
Fort Sumter is where the civil war began back in 1861.
Most of it was destroyed so the place looks pretty bombed out but the canons are still standing.
My hubby loves history so he was loving it all.

It was very windy at the top of the fort too. 

We braved the winds for this incredible view.
This is a shot looking down into the fort from the top.
Some information about the 5 fort flags.
We were pretty beat after a full day of sightseeing so we were ready for an early dinner/late lunch at The Boathouse back in Isle of Palms.  The dinner was ok but the highlight was seeing dolphins swim by from their deck.
We had to go back to the beach at least one more time.
We also went for a walk in the shopping area and got ice cream at Ben & Jerry's.
It was time to pack up and get ready for the next leg of our trip.
Savannah here we come!

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Kara said...

Looks like you have had a wonderful time. Your pictures are beautiful

French Girl in Seattle said...

Charleston, Savannah... a wonderful family vacation that takes me back to my old hunting grounds. How I loved driving around Southern states while I attended college in Atlanta, GA, so many years ago... Thank you for the memories. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

storybeader said...

what a beautiful location! I love being at the shore. Neat aerial shot - that would have been quite a place to live! {:-Deb

dee dee said...

Looks like your visit to the plantation was wonderful! The grounds are beautiful as is your family!
dee dee

Creations By Cindy said...

Love all the pictures! It is fun going on vacation with you! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Katie said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I love being able to "visit" the plantation and the fort through your pictures!

And Ben and Jerry's sounds delicious! I would definitely take a walk for Ben and Jerry's!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

I love the Charleston area. The next time you visit, go across that gorgeous bridge to Mt. Pleasant and go to the Boulevard Diner. It's nothing to look at, but the food is fabulous! It was windy when we went to Fort Sumpter, as well. Great photos!

Dianna said...

Your photographs are beautiful!! Love your blog and definitely will be checking out more of it :) I just found you on the Stalker Sunday bloghop. Hope you have time to swing by and check mine out! Have a fantastic day!


Shatzi @ Love and Laundry said...

Beautiful pictures! I've never been to that part of the country, but I've always wanted to see it. I'm a new follower from the Sunday blog stalk.

Seizing My Day said...

I had to come see the rest! ;) what a great family getaway... fabulous pics! love the alligator & turtle! fun shot!

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