One of the few hillsides around here is behind the Middleton Plantation grounds. We walked the ridgeline heading over to the Ashley River a week ago. Having a short lens and backup camera I grabbed several wide photographs.
The first image is of the original Plantation Chapel.
The grounds still have one of the largest formal gardens in the US, first created in 1741. The Civil War destroyed much of the Plantation with the gardens falling into disrepair until restored in 1901 by the one of the original families.
Above, the foreground ponds are part of the gardens, however the pond water in the far background was actually the start of the rice fields.
I usually only walk this trail once a year to shoot the spring flowers. The views are nice so I may try a visit up there mid winter, might be nice.
I was hooked after the first old house we visited here, even before leaving New England.
The older buildings in Charleston have many of the same architects we know from the monuments and government buildings in Washington DC. There was wealth here before the US Civil War. Tiffany & Co. even had an office and designers in Charleston.
From 1800 until around 1862 the only thing left to spend money on was a person’s home. Make it grander than your neighbors. And they did.
All the photographs here are from a single home, Nathaniel Russell a merchant and trader (of enslaved people).
This is one of many buildings in town listed with National Historic Registry.
FYI, it’s not so easy now doing indoor shoots like these. Masks fog up everything.