A ‘Folly’ is an architectural structure, a building, with no useful function.
In this case an entrance to a garden and a historical home built in 1803. The house and land are registered as a National Historical Landmark.
This was an incredible home to one of the wealthiest people in the US. Things changed after the civil war. At one point this was used as a USO for service men in WW2. Finally it was purchased, to be demolished for one of those new ‘Gas Stations’ in the early 1950’s. The Folly was used to store old tires.
This was the first purchase and project of the Charleston Preservation Society. Once work was started all the original, and unique design, was discovered and brought back to life.
The building was not destroyed during the Civil War because it was out of cannon range during the harbor blockade.
Home of Joseph Manigault, plantation owner, Charleston, South Carolina.