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On our second day in South Carolina, Skyler, the baby, and I took a day trip to Charleston.
Our first stop was a tour of Fort Sumter. We arrived at the parking garage and started feeding the baby. Then we looked at the website for tour information and realized that we had just missed it! Luckily, the same company offered the tour again soon, but we had to go to another location across the bridge. Thank heavens for plan B!
The tour began with a boat cruise. There was a recording which told about various landmarks you can see on your way to the island. This gave us some great ideas for other things we wanted to do in Charleston. We also learned about events that led up to the Civil War.
When we reached the fort, a ranger taught us about various wars and battles the fort had played a part in. Then we were free to explore as we wished. They had many original artifacts such as cannons and flags. There is also a museum in the middle of the fort. If you go on this tour, make sure to check it out! I really loved the scale model of the original fort, their original flags, and the other artifacts on display. We also loved the museum because it had AC, and it was HOT outside! Altogether, it’s a two hour experience, so make sure you have enough time if you decide to give Fort Sumter a visit!
After our tour, we fed the baby and headed back over the bridge for a driving tour of downtown Charleston. Wow. We felt like we had gone back in time. The whole city is so charming! Some sections of the road are paved with cobblestone. The streets are lit with gas lanterns at night. There are even horse-drawn carriages! We made sure to drive by Rainbow Row – a famous row of historic, colorful homes. As we drove around it was hard to soak it all in!There are beautiful churches, iconic courthouses, and quaint colonial homes. If you are visiting South Carolina, Charleston is definitely worth a visit.
We had done a lot that day, but we weren’t finished yet! On the way home we stopped at Hampton Plantation, established in 1735. The grounds and home are well kept and pleasant. As we walked around, we talked about how amazing it was to be in a spot where so much history happened. People lived there before America was even a country! George Washington would visit this plantation, as the owners were very influential. We had hoped to get a tour of the house, but we had gotten there too late. (Lesson of the day: Check tour times in advance!) Thankfully, the grounds were still open, so we were able to give ourselves a walking tour and learn a little about the home from the plaques.
*Warning: If you visit this home, bring bug spray! The amount of mosquitoes was unreal. I was bitten more than 10 times! Skyler had 7 bites. Somehow, thankfully, the baby escaped without any.
Even after all of this, we still had exciting things coming. Read more here.