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Charleston, South Carolina (pt 2)

East Battery boardwalk is beautiful. The houses along it are multi-million houses (one was for sale for only $7 million!). One of the houses was where commands were given during the Civil War.

Looking the other way.
Looking the other way.

We returned later for a stroll because the clouds let up:

A sign on the boardwalk.
A sign on the boardwalk.

We visited the Nathaniel Russell House:

Where there was a “joggling board”:

This 15′ bendable board was used with people with rheumatism to “rock” back and forth and up and down as gentle exercise. It’s supposed to simulate the gentle rocking motion of a horse carriage.

According to this source (and our tour guide, who you can see above): “Affectionately also known as the “courting bench” in some circles, the joggling board had romantic implications as well as therapeutic applications. Imagine a young couple courting under strict parental supervision in the prim and proper social norms of that period. The boy sat at one end, and the girl sat at the other end with her father directing them to keep their distance. As they shifted and wriggled during the course of conversation, the inward slope of the board caused them to slide slowly toward the center, until they met in the middle. Legend has it that no home with a joggling board on the porch had an unwed daughter.”

We ended our tour at St. Phillip’s Church…

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… had a bite to eat at the Blind Tiger Pub (which was alright – they have a great courtyard, which we sat in. I had the fried green tomato BLT with a side of fried okra which was delicious, but G’s burger was, in his words, “meh”.) We then walked to the waterfront.

Swinging chairs!
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

We marvelled more architecture:

Church Street
Church Street

Hearts!
Hibernian Society Building
Hibernian Society Building
Ok, *I* marvelled at all the architecture. Graham pretty much waited for me like this.
Ok, *I* marvelled at all the architecture. Graham pretty much waited for me like this the whole day.

We walked through Battery Park:

How Graham urged me along...
How Graham urged me along…

And visited the Market:

Entrance to the market
Entrance to the market

The ironwork in Charleston was amazing to look at, too:

We had a pretty view of St. Michael's Church from the parking lot.
We had a pretty view of St. Michael’s Church from the parking lot.

Before we left Charleston, we visited the Angel Oak tree, one of the oldest Souther live oak trees east of the Mississippi River:

The driveway
The driveway

It's big!
It’s big!

I could walk around Charleston for daaaaaays!

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