White Point Garden – Charleston, South Carolina

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White Point Garden is an historic waterfront park located on the Charleston Battery. The area became the second and permanent location of the city after colonists relocated from their original settlement at Albermarle Point (the site of Charles Towne Landing). These settlers called the area Oyster Point for the oyster shells that covered the ground. White sand combined with the sun-bleached oyster shells eventually gave way to the park’s current name, White Point.

White Point Garden

Paul Mulkey of James Island, © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1837 the city bought a portion of the land at White Point for a “public pleasure park.” In 1855 the city extended the park to create a “grand waterfront park along the south front of the City.” White Point Garden remains a popular spot for locals and visitors.

White Point Gardens SC

Marcus Reinkensmeyer of Scottsdale, AZ © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The park features numerous Revolutionary and Civil War-era cannons. One of the Revolutionary War cannons is a fake, made in 1933 and placed in the park as a joke. It is a popular game for park visitors to try to spot the bogus cannon.

White Point Gardens

Marcus Reinkensmeyer of Scottsdale, AZ © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The park also features a gazebo-like bandstand known as the Williams Music Pavilion. The Pavilion was built in 1907 as a memorial from Mrs. Martha W. Carrington to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Walton Williams, the original owners of the Calhoun Mansion. Mrs. Carrington and her husband, Waring P. Carrington, built and resided in the Victorian house at 2 Meeting Street across from White Point Garden, now the Two Meeting Street Inn.

Confederate Defenders of Charleston

David Davis of Union, KY © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

There are many monuments in the park, including one commemorating the notorious pirate Stede Bonnet, who was hanged here with about 50 other outlaws in the 1720s. Above is the Defenders of Charleston monument, installed by the Charleston Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1932 to honor those who defended Fort Sumter during the Civil War.

Moultrie Statue

Nathaniel Burriss of Summerville, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Another statue, seen above, depicts Major General William Moultrie and was unveiled on June 28, 2007 – otherwise known as Carolina Day. Carolina Day commemorates the victory at Fort Sullivan – now Fort Moultrie – on June 28, 1776 when the South Carolina militia, led by Colonel Moultrie, repelled an attack by Sir Henry Clinton’s British fleet. The fort was later renamed for Moultrie. The statue, by South Carolina sculptor John Ney Michel, was defaced with spray paint in October of 2014. The artwork was repaired by the City of Charleston.

Charleston Battery Aerial

Larry Gleason, Aiken Aerial Photography, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In the aerial photo above, White Point Garden can be seen as a shaded sanctuary overlooking the harbor amidst the busy streets of Charleston.

White Point Garden Info

Address: Intersection of East Battery and Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401

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