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Charleston, South Carolina

One of my more recent trips was to a lovely little town called Charleston. Okay, maybe it’s not so little but it is definitely lovely. If anyone asked me what I remember most about that trip, it would be the houses and iron work. Many of the houses are well over 100+ years old. The city has done a fantastic job preserving them so you almost feel like you’ve stepped back into the 19th century as you’re walking through the streets. Some of the houses are thin but tall. The house below must have been built as an after thought because it’s address was a 1/2. The house on the right was #59, the one of the left was 61 and this one was 59 1/2 (relatively speaking)!

In the older districts the walk ways were slate, which you can somewhat see in the picture above. For truly breath-taking homes, take a walk around Battery Park. All of the homes facing the ocean are historic and most of them are close to 180+ years old.

I loved the multi-colored roof tiles on this particular house. It’s not something you see too often in this day and age.

Gorgeous! I would love to have walked through the houses to see if the interior matched the exterior. Further into the neighborhood, the houses were all different sizes but the common theme was beautiful landscaping and iron work.

I loved these stairs!

Most of the iron gates seen throughout Charleston are works of art by Philip Simmons. The gates grace many homes, churches and local buildings. If you ever find yourself going through Charleston, I recommend you take some time to walk through the historic downtown area to admire the iron work if nothing else.

 If you’ve been to Charleston, what was part was the most memorable?