Today we took an all day tour. The first half was around the historic parts of town. Our guide had a very thick Southern accent and was hard to understand, but we got used to it after a while. The tour was a good overview of the history of the area, but was mostly a showing of the various beautiful homes.
We didn't go inside any of them (you can go through some of them-for more money and a different tour) but it was pretty cool to see the architecture. We got to see Fort Sumpter from a distance. Apparently the Civil War started there. (I say apparently because I'm not so good with history). Overall, it was an enjoyable couple of hours.
The second half of the tour took us to Magnolia Plantation. The house that currently stands is the third house, built in something like 1905.
The previous two houses had been destroyed, the first was struck by lightning and burned down, and the second destroyed by fire in the Civil War. The property is enormous and still belongs to the original family. Some of the descendents of both the owners, as well as the slaves that had worked the plantation, still live and work there. Kinda cool. The house wasn't much-the grand house was the one that had burned down back in the day- since the homes became more modest each time it was rebuilt. But the grounds were amazing. Think Huntington Library.
It even has swamp land with lots of alligators. And it's a great place for bird watching. I'd like to come back in the spring when more of the foliage is in bloom, but it was incredible just as it was.
We really enjoyed these last 2 days. Yesterday was basically a transit day, getting from Myrtle Beach to Charleston. We got in after 3PM, too late to do much in a touristy way, so we decided just to relax. The weather was perfect-sunny and warm, and nippy at night. So we barbequed outside and enjoyed the charcoal flame. Okay, so it got really cold by the time dinner was ready, so we ate inside, but we tried to be outdoorsy.