The Meeting Street Inn
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... of the Drayton family were preservationists and left things alone. The paint on the walls is only the 2nd coat the home ever received and that is from the 1800s! Currently, the Friends of Drayton Hall are working to raise money to preserve the sagging portico and to build a small museum to showcase their collection of original furnishings and antiques. I could go on all day about Drayton Hall, and I will if you ask me, but ...
... got a great bargain.
Picture taking is not allowed inside the house.
Even in 1857, the Nathaniel Russell house was described by a contemporary as "…beyond all comparison, the finest establishment in Charleston.” When it was built in 1808 it was widely recognized as one of America's most significant neoclassical dwellings. The resident tour guide assigned to us was absolutely intriguing with knowledge of the story of ...
... large “tree” of lights with a base about 10 ft. across that you could congregate underneath and stare straight up at the strings of lights surrounding you. We also learned that there was a farmer’s market there the next morning. We walked around a bit more and then headed home.
The next day we decided to walk downtown since it was only about four miles and it was a beautiful day. We entered the address for Marion Square in ...
... the way were some beautiful period homes such as Nathaniel Russell House and Calhoun Mansion. The whole streetscape feels like you are transformed into an early era and the architecture and well kept gardens are beautiful.
The walk from Battery Park around the Waterfront Park contained more historic homes and sites of interest. One gorgeous streetscape is called Rainbow Row and contains a variety of period homes, all of different pastel ...
... hanging from a single point 4 stories up . (did NOT stand under that!) We made our way through room after room - a 90 foot long tapestry gallery has 5 huge floor to ceiling 15th century Flemish tapestries. One of the many dining room tables seats 38 people, while the banquet hall , with its 7 storied high ceiling ,was the scene of dinner parties and celebrations in its hey day - complete with an organ loft that houses a 1916 organ.
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