Wilmington, NC to Charleston, SC
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As we left Wilmington, our route took us through part of the historical section of the city. We passed one church with a very tall steeple, then came to the First Baptist Churchwith the tallest steeple I have ever seen. Talk about majestic! Wowsers! It took two photos to get it all in. I will have to merge them in order to get the full view. Apparently, during Hurricane Fran in 1996, the tallest steeple was blown down. It has been completely rebuilt to its historic proportions and tiling. See the internet link for more history of this breathtaking building. This church is located at Kenan Plaza, really just an intersection with a beautiful fountain in the middle. This historic area has many antebellum and Victorian homes. There was also a small but fine monument to the soldiers of the Civil War (Confederates, of course).
Our drive took us to the last "Welcome Center" in North Carolina, just about sitting on the border with South Carolina. The volunteer inside was as friendly as could be with gorgeous silvery-blue eyes. We both joked about getting older. She was a delight.
As soon as we entered South Carolina there was a Welcome Center. Of course we stopped - so what else is new! The motto of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is "Smiling Faces & Beautiful Places". Unfortunately the woman helping me seemed puzzled and pissed that I would ask about Gullah tours in Charleston (in other words, she was NOT smiling!). These tours are about African-American history.
Our route south took us through Myrtle Beach. Originally, we were going to spend a couple of hours there. However, as soon as we saw the commercialism that has raised its ugly head, we decided to continue on to Charleston. We were not even in the main tourist area: along the beach or the business route. I have no desire whatsoever to visit this place. My gosh - if it is this bad here, what are we going to find in Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee, Florida, near Walt Disney World?
We arrived in the Charleston area in the late afternoon.
Dinner tonight was at a restaurant recommended by our hotel: Vickery's Bar & Grill.