Charleston Battery – Charleston, South Carolina
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With its scenic promenade and historic park, the Battery is easily one of downtown Charleston‘s most beloved spots. The Battery is a fortified seawall at the southernmost tip of the Charleston peninsula, where the Cooper River and Ashley River meet.
This strategic point was very important to the early history of Charleston. In 1737 Broughton’s Battery (later known as Fort Wilkins) was built here. It remained in service until the 1780s. The seawall pictured above was built during the 1750s using large boulders, stone, and masonry.
Broughton’s Battery was decommissioned and demolished in 1789, but when the wall and its promenade were completed in the 1820s it was still commonly called the Battery. Today, the Battery is lined with historic antebellum homes, and its harbor-side promenade offers incredible views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse.
However, the centerpiece of the Battery is White Point Garden, which received its name from the huge piles of bleached oyster shells that originally covered the ground. White Point Garden boats large, shady oak trees and oyster shell pathways that take visitors by statues, cannons, and memorials. The Williams Music Pavilion, a 1907 gazebo-like bandstand, sits in the middle of the park and still hosts concerts as well as weddings and picnics.
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Reflections on the Charleston Battery
Photographer Mark VanDyke shares of his experience capturing an above photo of the famous view: “I found myself on this morning wedged between two oleander bushes, backed against a wall, and lying down in the middle of a puddle to capture this photograph of Charleston’s historic homes along the waterfront battery. Needless to say, even though Charleston is fairly de-sensitized to camera-toting tourists like myself, I was receiving some very strange looks from folks jogging and walking above on the trail, as well as parking along the street on this particular morning! The Charleston Battery is lined with historic Antebellum southern homes, some as massive as twenty-thousand square feet.”
Charleston Battery Info
Address: East Battery Street at Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401
GPS Coordinates: 32.769281,-79.928964
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