Category Archives: What I Saw

French Huguenot Church, Charleston SC

So much history in this one scene.

The Church.

  • The church congregation was founded in 1680 after leaving France. The current building is from 1844.
  • Silver Paten and Chalice were donated to the Strawberry Chapel at old Childsbury in the early 1700’s.
  • The only independent Huguenot Church in the US. The building is located in the French Quarter of Charleston.

The Window

  • The framed window is located on the second floor of the Dock Street Theater, French Quarter Charleston.
  • Dock Street is the oldest theater group, and theater in the US. The first opera and running plays were from Dock Street Theater. Plays and concerts are still ongoing.
  • This building was also the Planters Hotel in the civil war era. The well known rum drink ‘Platers Punch’ originated here.
Huguenot Church, Charleston SC
Huguenot Church, Charleston SC

135 Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina.

Found On A Dirt Road Trunk

This particular trunk is on a road most always closed off a bit further on. I think this water gate here regulates miles of marshlands. It’s a road easy to miss unless you know where it leads.

Taking the short trip down to the trunk usually gives an opportunity to photograph smaller wading birds. Fiddler crabs, by the millions, are on this cut.

Found On A Dirt Road Trunk
Found On A Dirt Road Trunk

When I walked towards the trunk I immediately missed all kinds of opportunities. Small and large Herons flew in all directions.

This Snowy did not, and gave me a chance not to leave empty handed.

Found On A Dirt Road Trunk
Found On A Dirt Road Trunk

A bigger surprise was the smaller Kingfisher watching from top of the trunk arms. Usually they are the first to leave. I didn’t walk any closer, it was obvious they had food here. No other reason to stay with me around.

Found On A Dirt Road Trunk
Found On A Dirt Road Trunk
Found On A Dirt Road Trunk
Found On A Dirt Road Trunk

Hurricane Ian had dropped some trees so I went back the way I came.

Besides, there was still the strange cloud cover around for landscape shots.

 

Sunrise Bear Island

On my own out in the marshes yesterday I saw an amazing dawn coming, and was still in the car. Worse I was 2 miles from the dirt causeway into the marsh. No place in between to see the horizon.

What were the chances this would stick around that long!

A front came in, I made it halfway down the open dirt road with this scene in front of me.

Sunrise Bear Island
Sunrise Bear Island

It went on for miles, the clouds working the sun for much longer than I thought possible.

Sunrise Bear Island
Sunrise Bear Island

Using, and carrying, two cameras is a bit much. However lately I have a second Canon 7D2 nearby. It worked out pretty good yesterday.

I did not see another person for hours, and 10 miles away. I guess this was a private show 😂.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Strawberry Graveyard

Note; long read with images and history ‘you can touch’.

All the old churches and chapels provided gravesites to their congregation. Strawberry was no exception. The current owners of the property, the Ball family, have generations buried here.

(Edward Ball published a best seller titled ‘Slaves In The Family‘ a biographical historical account of the family history and a narrative of the slaves that were here . The Ball family opened the chapel to a small group the day these photographs were taken).

Strawberry Graveyard
Strawberry Graveyard
Strawberry Graveyard
Strawberry Graveyard

Catherine Chicken, great-granddaughter of James Child founder of the settlement once here, is said to have suffered grave abuse in the chapel’s churchyard as a young girl in 1748. At age seven, Catherine was sent to board with her French schoolmaster, Monsieur Dutarque. Catherine was in trouble for not completing her chores when the schoolmaster found her outside chasing her pet turtle around. When he asked her why she had not completed her chores, she told him she just wanted to be outdoors. Dutarque was enraged and thought he would punish his student by tying her to a tombstone and leaving her there for a brief period of time. If she wanted to be outdoors he would ensure she stayed outdoors. He only intended for this to last a short period of time but forgot and left her there into the night. (SC Picture Project).

Of course over time this turned into a mythical ghost story. Truth is she was rescued during the night, the headmaster ‘punished’ and sent packing. Catherine later married a plantation owner, had a family, and ultimately was buried near Middleburg Plantation.

Strawberry Graveyard
Strawberry Graveyard

Above is the ‘receiving tomb’ and vaults of the Harleston family, related to the Ball and Coming families. All plantation owners along the Cooper River and near Strawberry.

Strawberry Graveyard
Strawberry Graveyard
Strawberry Graveyard
Strawberry Graveyard

The church yard is closed, behind old high brick walls to protect the historical site. The Ball family has kept this property private for 297 years and does not accept any government funding preventing any outside influences.

Next week the Chapel will be open for a service, baptism, and a family style picnic. After then the grounds will be closed until the traditional Christmas service.

Strawberry Graveyard
Strawberry Graveyard

Children’s Room, Portrait

Photographs taken of the children’s room in the ‘Aiken-Rhett’ house in Charleston. The original owner was John Robinson, a merchant who built the home but sold it early on. The Aikens purchased the home and kept in the family for generations.

The painting of a little boy caught my eye. It’s a period piece and I would like to say he was one of the Aiken children. Makes a great story. However, even with all the on-line documents available there is nothing on this room.

Children's Room
Children’s Room
Children's Room
Children’s Room

I have a pretty big collection of images from this old building and like to review files and folders that have been held aside.

What better time than when we are riding out a hurricane. It’s so typical Charleston.