Charleston Journals

Third Time is a Charm in Charleston

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A November 2007 trip to Charleston by vampirefan

Society Hall Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
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Lucious Malfoy’s Charleston

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Society Hall Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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In 2000 the incredible movie The Patriot staring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, and Jason Isaacs was filmed all over SC including a large part of Charleston. Since Mel has recently fallen out of favor with the public, I decided to name this after the very gorgeous actor Jason Isaacs . Jason portrayed the dubious Col. William Tavington in the movie. But movie viewers also know him as the deliciously evil, Luscious Lucious Malfoy (ok I added the Luscious part) in the Harry Potter films. So while in Charleston try to see how many of these spots used in the movie you can find. 1. Tradd Street . Tradd Streets comes off of Meeting St. near the Market area. This cobbled stone ...Read More

Middleton Place

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The grand entrance Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Middleton Place was acquired by Henry Middleton in 1741. Henry was the President of the First Continental Congress and the home saw 4 generations of Middleton family members. There was also Arthur whose name appears on the Deceleration of Independence. There was another Henry who was the Governor of SC as well as a mister to Russia. Then there was William who signed the Ordinance of Secession. When Henry and his wife, Mary, moved here he was one of the wealthiest men in America. And like many men of his stature he wanted his home to reflect such He also wanted a home that would revile the finest estates in Europe. The low-counrty lands that sat on the banks of the Ashley River would provid...Read More

The Joseph Manigault House

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Standing proudy since the 1800's Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Joseph Manigault came from a long line of very successful merchant French Huguenots who fled Europe escaping religious persecution. In 1778 he and his brother, Gabriel inherited their grandfather’s (Gabriel Manigault) massive estate that included 40,000 acres and 500 slaves. The brothers were educated in Geneva and London and Gabriel was an architect. He is credited with the work done on Charleston City Hall and the Society Hall I mentioned earlier. That same year he would marry Maria Henrietta Middleton, who was the daughter of Author Middleton of Middleton Place. Tragedy she died in 1791. In 1800 he married Charlotte Drayton (of the Drayton family of Drayton Hall). They would go on to ha...Read More

The Heyward-Washington House.

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Try taking a bath in this! Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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This grand Georgian style home was built in 1772 by Daniel Heyward as a wedding present for his son, Thomas. Thomas was a wealthy lawyer who had been called to the English Bar in 1770 and the Carolina Bar the following year. He was a member of the Second Continental Congress and his signature can be seen on the Deceleration of Independence. He was also an officer with the SC Militia and was wounded in 1779 at the Battle of Port Royal. Thomas was subsequently captured by British forces when Charleston was invaded in 1780 and was promptly exiled to St. Augustine. In 1781 he was exchanged and returned to his Charleston home to be with his family. While he was exiled his wife Elizabeth continued to live ...Read More

Mepkin Abbey

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Try choosing just one! Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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If it were not for Sylvia Higginbotham’s guide to mansions, I would have most likely never found this place. But when pursing the guide I ran across information on the abbey. Mepkin Abbey first started life as a rice plantation in 1681. The three thousand acres belonged to Sir John Colleton. He sold the land in 1762 to a French Huguenot, Henry Laurens. Henry would play a major part in the Revolutionary War. After he returned he would go on to own several other plantations, but this would always be his favorite. The plantation survived two fires during war. It was first burned down by the nasty British soldiers and later by the invading Union Army (other wise known as Yankees) during the wa...Read More