RV - Charleston

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
Trip End Dec 07, 2013

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Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Saturday, September 28, 2013

We arrived early in the morning into Charleston, having travelled half way from Charlotte late yesterday. Charleston is a major tourist destination, with a considerable number of luxury hotels, restaurants and quality shopping. It is known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture  and the start of the American Civil war.
   In the first half of the 19th century, South Carolinians became devoted to the idea that state's rights were superior to the Federal government's authority. The northern states were opposed to slavery however the southern states relied heavily on slave labour for their cotton plantations and slaves were also the primary labour force within the city, working as domestics, artisans, market workers and labourers  On December 20, 1860, following the election of Abraham Lincoln, the South Carolina General Assembly voted to secede from the Union and so began the American Civil War.
 After orienting ourselves to Charleston at the Visitors centre, we caught the ferry to Fort Sumter which also included an informative historic tour. Fort Sumter is a masonry sea fort located on a man made island in Charleston Harbor. It is best known as the site where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired, at the Battle of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was amazing to walk around this site and imagine how it’s history would have unfolded for the soldiers deployed here.
 Disembarking from the ferry we walked down to the City Market area.  We had a late lunch at the ‘Noisy Oyster’ before heading across the road to the market area. City Market was originally used in the 19th century as the city’s fish, meat and vegetable market. It spans several street blocks and is now home to local food providores, artisans and crafts. It was interesting to browse the diverse offerings including the renowned sweet-grass baskets.
 Late afternoon we headed to our accommodation, The campground at James Island County Park. The drive into the park is picturesque with bike tracks, playgrounds and a lake. The camping area at the side of the park is shaded and quiet which is perfect as a retreat for the next few days.
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