Charles Towne Sepia Scenes

Visit Sepia Scenes, a great blog meme for the ‘Sepia Inclined’!

Paid a visit to Charles Town Landing State Historic Site the last time we had days off. I was very impressed with their elegantly modern and informative visitor center. The exhibits took you through life as one who arrived and subsequently settled Charles Towne for brevity that they were there; they moved to the present-day location of Charleston a few years later.

I was especially taken by the fancy wood panelling–you don’t often see that in interpretive exhibits–and it beautifully contrasted the very modern lobby from which you enter.

Directly outside the entrance were some intriguing hibiscus. As you entered the visitor center and to the left was a panel with the flower featured–apparently it’s the subject of many questions! While they labeled it the Star Hibiscus, it also goes by the common name of Scarlet Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus).

There were not many animals visible in the zoo, the majority were probably hiding from the heat, but there was an aviary full of rehabilitated but unreleasable birds. There is a boardwalk within the enclosure that allows you to get a bit closer.

We also found a little bit of wildlife, although, these fellows were extremely habituated. When you walk to the edge of the pond on the property [do be aware that there are alligators!], a dozen turtles will greet you and beg…hopefully they are being fed something ‘turtle-healthy’ and not cheetos!

Charleston’s Sepia’d History Scenes

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Going to start off with flowers and end with ghosts! Any idea what these flowers are?

Here’s a beautiful Charleston doorway. Seems charming and innocent, right? And of course, it looks lovely in sepia, but…

…but to me, it looks haunting!!!

There is a Lowcountry myth entailing ghostly entities called ‘hags’ or ‘boo hags’ that torment people, especially the elderly, by stealing their skin and breath at night.  When they ‘ride’ you, you wake up in the morning tired and worn out. To keep these beings at bay, they say to place a broom by your bed because the hags get caught up in counting the bristles so much so they forget to ride you.  They also are offended by birds and shy away from the color blue. They enter your house threw windows, doors, and cracks, so line any opening with the color blue, as the doorway is above.  Which color of blue to use? Haint blue!

More Reading:

NPR: Why So Blue? Color Graces Many a Porch Ceiling

Wikipedia – Boo Hag

What’s so spooky about this street, you ask.  I’ll tell you: I had no idea. I walked down it just fine, but I might have had haint blue on…Found a lovely blossoming tree in the middle of this alley, took some photos, and walked out the other end where we were greeted by a horse head! As a carriage passed and the driver said: “This is the most haunted street in Charleston, 186 people died in this street”.  Well, he was a little more eloquent with it, but apparently, if you had an argument with your neighbor and had a gun, you’d come down here to count ten paces, turn and shoot…and hopefully live. 

I’m glad I didn’t know all this while in that alley!

Philadephia Alley was made a street in 1811 after the city of Philadephia donated funds to rebuild that area of fire-ravaged Charleston.

As we walked towards some churches, we started to chuckle about the tour. We were a little surprised to be caught in the indirect spotlight. I was wishing we were dressed in goth clothing [ha, as if we could pull off that look] and my companion, who shall go unnamed [like you can't guess], talked about violating rule #5 of Ghost Tour Guide Etiquette 101. Rule #5 pertains to locals and their unfunny remarks.

Hope you enjoyed that! Thanks for visiting!