Thursday, January 12, 2017

Folly Beach - 2017

Jan 12

--Blogpost written by Bob

We are still landlocked in Folly Beach as we wait for our boat's re-powering to be completed.  We continue to explore the low country by car.  Since today might be our last day to explore Charleston for a while, I decided to make the city of Charleston the subject of this blogpost.


Our big objective for the day was to check out the Charleston City Marina for our possible stopover in late Spring on our way back up the ICW.  (The Charleston City Marina is on the Ashley River where the current can be very swift at times making it very difficult to dock a sailboat.)  We ended up having a delicious lunch in Charleston and did some sight seeing afterward.

This is a view of Charleston City Marina
from the bridge between Charleston
and James Island.

A beached sailboat was probably the result of
Hurricane Matthew a couple months
ago.  The jib is torn to pieces
from high winds.

We had a delicious lunch at Slightly North
of Broad (S.N.O.B. for short)
on East Bay Street.

Maggie had a very unique and delicious salad with
her lunch--it included watermelon radishes
(shown on her fork).

The colorful shops along the south
side of Broad Street in Charleston.

These stairs are typical on old buildings in Charleston.
For lack of a better name, I call them "southern stairs."


A Brief History of Charleston

1670: Founded by English colonists and named Charles Town. (Slave labor was used from the beginning and the port city was used to transport rice, cotton, and indigo from the nearby plantations to Europe.)

1718: The pirate, Blackbeard, blockaded Charleston (for medical supplies).

1780: British captured the city and occupied it through the end of 1782.

1783: The name of the city was officially changed to Charleston.

1800: With a population of 20,000, Charleston became the fifth largest U.S. city.

1861: Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumpter to begin the Civil War.

1865: After a fire devastates the city, the mayor surrendered to Union Forces.

1886: Charleston suffered from an earthquake, causing 60 deaths and damage to 2,000 buildings.

1899: Charleston was blasted by Great Blizzard of 1899 (4 inches of snow and a low temperature of 4 degrees F).

1900: The population of Charleston reached 55,000.

1989: Hurricane Hugo (Category 4) hits Charleston, causing 27 fatalities and lots of property damage throughout SC.

2013: The population of Charleston reached 128,000.

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