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The Charleston Post Office

Charleston has plenty of Post Offices, but this is ‘The Post Office’. It’s in the same building as the Federal Courthouse, built in 1896. The first Post Office was destroyed in the 1886 earthquake.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

It is impossible to get any perspective inside. It is all ornate carved wood and high polish brass. And of course huge slabs of marble.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

Above is the entrance, a hand carved vestibule.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

Walls are lined with private boxes, and they are highly polished. No finger prints allowed.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

The stair case is enclosed in a marble, brass and filigree ‘work of art’.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

The second floor here is private offices, but anybody visiting still needs to walk up these stairs.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

Being a Post Office it’s open regular hours for a visit at 83 Broad Street, Charleston.

This is a time machine, to another era.

 

 

Jennings Zinc Monument – 1884

First, no relation. However both David Jennings and his wife Harleston Simons Toomer Jennings were also from Connecticut. That’s where it ends.

The monument, head stones are nearby, was created in Zinc not stone and made in Bridgeport CT.

Jennings Zinc Monument - 1884
Jennings Zinc Monument – 1884

The site, and monument are clearly dated 1884. This is from a newer section of the old cemetery. Oh yeah, both of them were alive and well in 1884. Planning ahead I guess.

The 1860 Federal Census listed David as owning the large saddle and harness company on Meeting Street Charleston. He did not serve in the CSA army during the Civil War, likely he made saddles instead.

There are many graves in the family area, it was a large family. They had 13 children.

Even for the newer cemetery here this is a very elaborate burial site with a number of statutes and carvings.

The history of this family / monument was well documented.