Downtown Charleston (A.K.A. Chucktown) and the College of Charleston’s Campus

As mentioned I recently moved to Charleston, South Carolina. It’s a scenic city with lots of history and photographing opportunities. Here’s some from a recent trip to downtown.

Carriage rides are a popular way to tour the area. Here’s a photograph from one, pulled by two mules, Stanley (left) and Oliver. During stops at intersections Stanley would constantly nudge Oliver, to the latter’s annoyance. I’m guessing Stanley is the practical joker of the stable.

Charleston is called “The Holy City” and this nickname is well-earned. There’s many churches, and they’re very visible, rising high above the local buildings and landscape. Here’s the St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church:

And here is The Silent Church, so named because the church bell was donated for scrap metal to help the Civil War efforts. In a nod to history and tradition the church officials never replaced it.

A typical home in Charleston. Fun Fact: Southerners often paint their porch ceiling blue. Wasps think this is part of the sky and won’t build their nests there.

Fun Fact #2: Charleston is a port city, and sea captains would often be gone for long stretches. In earlier times when they returned they would bring pineapples as a gift for their wife. The wife would put a pineapple on their fence, signifying to friends and neighbors “My husband is home! Come inside and hear his travel tales!” Conversely, a pineapple placed upside-down meant “We’re doing couples’ stuff. Go away.”

Statue and steeple at Marion Square in central downtown, where the local Farmer’s Market is held most Saturdays. The statue is of John Caldwell Calhoun, a South Carolina native and former vice president (number 7).

(I didn’t notice the bird centered between the statue and church steeple until I inspected the photograph on my computer. Just photographer’s luck.)

Here’s the gateway to the College of Charleston (C of C)’s campus. The C of C was founded in 1770, making it the oldest higher learning institute in South Carolina and 15th oldest in the United States.

The scene just past the gates. The coastal Southeast with its sub-tropical climate does not lack in greenery. I like this.

C of C’s main building is Randolph Hall, the crown jewel of the campus. Here’s the back entrance:

…and the front. The walkway with hay on either side is actually a large, raised circular platform nicknamed “The Cistern”. It’s often converted to a stage during commencement ceremonies and other formal events. Back in the day it was used to collect rainwater for drinking. Nowadays you can view it via webcam.

Someone said the front of Randolph Hall was used in the courthouse scenes in the movie “Back To The Future”. I couldn’t confirm this but the two do look similar.

The College of Charleston’s nickname is the Cougars. Here’s a statue of one, we call him Clyde.

In this photograph I was trying for a dramatic angle and stark lighting, but all I did was make Clyde look like he has a palm tree for a tail:

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