Monday, July 30, 2007
The "Aunts" and History
The "Aunts" and History - I love them both, and this is the only photo we have of the three of us. At this point, we were dripping with sweat (So was everyone else in Charleston for that matter!), and I dubbed us "The Glistening Ladies" to which my Aunt Kathy quickly renamed us "The Slimy Sisters." Yuck! How undignified. I stick with my title! :-)
Speaking of History - I was thrilled to see this church building still in existence. It was the first Meeting House erected in 1681 to gather the original colonists dissenting from the Church of England. I get chills just thinking about that amazing group of people! What stories these walls could tell. . .
The grave site of one of the Constitution signers was in that church's cemetery. That man probably had no clue how much he was shaping a nation.
I enjoyed strolling beside Rainbow Row which represents the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the US. The earliest structures were built in 1680. I love imagining the original owners bustling in and out of these doors.
Had to laugh at this sign in front of one of the private Charleston homes. Forget parking here, you are not even allowed to think of it! :-)
Of course, all of you would know how happy I was to tour a plantation home! The details of the structure are more amazing because of the personal craftsmanship involved. Love, love, love the color!
And how many of you would object to stepping out on your top balcony and viewing this each morning?!
Now, I can tuck a lot of Southern History into my mind. Thanks, Joan and Kathy, for letting us tag to Charleston. :-) Growing up in SD, I saw firsthand much of the Old West History, so it was exciting to see where some of it began.

  posted at 7:12 PM  

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Les said...

I would love to go there again. Last time we went was in 1993. I loved "Rainbow Row" too.

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Martha's Loving Husband said...

Um, didn't you mean the "Declaration of Independence" instead of the "Constitution"?

Luv ya! ;-)

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

I love those old Southern Plantations...they are SO beautiful. The paint on the stairwell is it not finished yet or what? or is that all original? And as for the view...I could handle that! I think it would be interesting if those walls could talk...I'll bet there were many slaves there in the past.

At 11:29 PM, Anonymous martha's loving husband said...

Oops...crow dutifully eaten.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Angie Davis said...

(cackling at Martha's husband...)

At 9:50 AM, Blogger sankey family said...

I would love to visit these places - I, too, am a history lover!

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

If any other "loving" person would like to challenge my Consitutional signer finding, please maximize the picture and read its contents. Hee. Hee. :-)

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

I cannot remember about the paint. The color is original, but I am not sure if other factors such as humidity have given it the "other" look. The house has never been updated with AC or anything, so the windows stay open during tours.
I believe the number of slaves here was 180. The Draytons were "good" slave owners. (Like owning another human can be viewed as "good.") I had an interesting time listening to the guides "sugar coat" slavery!

At 4:29 PM, Blogger The Dewhurst Family said...

looks like a great place to go. Especially loved the balcony. everything was so beautiful.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger LaDonna said...

I enjoyed the photos...especially the plantation. After living in the south for 16 years, you find that MANY southerners will tell you that the Civil War had NOTHING to do with slavery! It was all about governmental control and taxes. Interesting, to say the least!

At 10:29 AM, Blogger ~Heather~ said...

Loved all the pics! Glad you're learning more about "GOD'S COUNTRY"....the SOUTH!!!! =D

Love, Heather =)

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Martha C said...

So interesting that you mentioned that. . . After spending my life in the "North," it has been an eye opener to be in this part of the country. I do believe the conflict was about more than just slavery, and in that regard I am with the South. (Anti-big government) I do believe you cannot own another human being no matter how "kind" you are to them, and thankfully the War did put a halt to that practice.
I must admit that I do get tired of all the Confederate flags, and the fact that the war was never allowed to end here. And talk about prejudice. . .Whew!!!! There is bucketloads here.
Oh, well, I'll get off my soap box now! :-)

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Sarah Cook said...

Troy and Martha,
You two are so funny!

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