Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston - click to enlarge

Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston

A ‘Ghost’ sign is one painted, and almost lost, on old buildings. In old towns you may be surprised at how many can be found if you look.

Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston - click to enlarge
Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston – click to enlarge

This is the old Smiths Grocery, a long gone local provisions store. The building itself predates Smiths by at least 200 years. Most business were run out of the ground level of a home and this was a grocery for a very long time.

Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston - click to enlarge
Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston – click to enlarge

Old records show Henry Bulwinkle had this grocery in the 1860’s, the civil war era. This side of the building has an advertisement for sugar on the side.

Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston - click to enlarge
Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston – click to enlarge

The streets here are all named for the daughters of one of Charlestons early family’s dating to the US Revolution. These streets were part of the Manigault holdings.

The Manigaults were French Huguenot’s and moved here with the large French community in the 1700’s.  Charleston, along with New Orleans has a section of town, the French Quarter, where these emigrants first settled.

Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston - click to enlarge
Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston – click to enlarge

 

 

2 thoughts on “Ghost Signs, Elizabeth Street, Charleston”

  1. Interesting building with the old signage. I’ve never heard the term “ghost sign” but rather like it, and I have a ghost sign photo that’s awaiting a future blog-post.

    Like

Leave Comments - Thank You

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.