Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekend in Charleston

Thursday Grant had to go to Charleston for work (oh, such a chore- going to a beautiful southern town), and I decided to go with him on a whim.  We left Chattanooga after I got off work and drove 6.5 hours to the South Carolina coast.

Friday, we went to the Heyward-Washington house (where George Washington stayed for a week after he became president)...




No flashes were permitted, but I still tried to get some shots of the amazing pieces in the old home.


This piece is a chest-on-chest-on-chest (yes, that's really the name).  There are only 2-3 known to still be in existence.  Depending on how long someone might be traveling, they would take one, two, or all three chests.

How often does one see two-hundred-year-old wood furniture?


I hope you can get a feel for how huge this bookcase is.


This chair belonged to Francis Marion, aka the "Swamp Fox."  (The Patriot was loosely based on his life.)


Are banisters like this even made anymore?

We did a lot of just walking around the old parts of town, admiring the architecture, the old ironwork,  market, churches, and cobblestone streets.




Seriously? These are the tallest doors I've ever seen... and the most crooked picture ever taken.


So pretty.


(My attempts at being artsy.)


We also did a little shopping.  
We found an antique map & print shop. Swoon.  There were maps printed more than one hundred years ago and beautiful antique botanical prints.  I could have spent hours there and left with three small botanicals from the same book for $20.

I found this lovely leather bag at Charleston Bag Company, where each purse is one-of-a-kind, yet still affordable...


Since the maps at the shop were a little expensive, I found a replica of an 1861 map at the Charleston Market...


Before Birmingham even existed!


I'm thinking of hanging it in the kitchen behind the table.

For anyone who loves all things old, Charleston is a must. We had such a great time and can't wait to go back and explore more of the old town.

Happy Saturday!
...

Also, Cookie says, "Go Vols!"



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