Pride of the south
Charleston Travel Blog› entry 9 of 26 › view all entries
I am finally here one of my main aims with my trip. The legendary city of Charleston. Ok maybe Charleston is not the sole home of the true south - given Gone with the Wind actually takes place in Georgia. But Atlanta got burned during the war hence Charleston is the best preserved city in the south. And this city too has been a centre piece of the history of the south.
Charleston is one of the oldest and biggest cities in the entire south. And the city is full of historic houses - most of the USA got little history but Charleston got nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to history - it got more historic houses than most European cities.
Charleston has also had a significant role in the history of the USA as a big port it was a natural point attracting a lot of trade and people from early stage and it used to be the big port of the south and the capital of South Carolina before the capital were moved to Columbia as a compromise.
Well it doesn’t really matter because Charleston is by far the most interesting of all the southern cities to go round and explore. The next house always seems to be just a bit nicer than the one you have just seen. And down at the battery at the sea front you will find some of the best houses in the entire south.
As I walk along the streets suddenly I see a house with a very unusual fence - it is made of all iron but the top of it looks more like something you would use in a war than put on a fence around your house.
I walk on and meet a nice elder lady who is taking care of the leafs on the street in front of her house. She is a really nice person and tells a bit about her life and her family’s life in Charleston they had been there for ages and her family included former generals and they used to have 10 plantations before the war but they had to sell of 9 to cover the taxes on the last - the war did hit the old families in the south very hard in the end - many losing everything. But fortunately Charleston was not burned down during the war hence it is a real gem this day giving a perfect impression of the old south.