Charleston South Carolina
Charleston, founded in 1670, it only became a city in 1783.
Rice and cotton in the early days were important crops and the first export went to England in 1748, $875 worth.
The first shots of the "civil War were fired
It was the home of George and Irma Gershwin, his piano is in the museum.
We stayed 3 days here, we stayed out of the city this time and drove into town then parked in the city parking areas. Some of the parking fees are very expensive at $4 or 5$ for 20 minutes.There is an excellent visitors centre where you can book trips and tickets to the events and the busses collect you from right outside.
So the first visit was the Museum, it was Americas first museum in 1773, yes its another one but some are better than others.
|This sub was only built for small folks|
Inside the museum the artefacts are split into rooms holding displays of silverware, flags, musical instruments, guns, uniforms, items of torture, battlefield surgical instruments and some of the items from the first ever museum in the US, in those early days it was the only way to see polar bears, an Egyptian mummy, stuffed birds, snakes, all kinds of insects and reptiles.
In civil war rooms you could have spent hours reading all the stories, we just read a few.
|Stars and bars|
|Guns galore, there were walls covered in gun cases|
|Guns and swords|
The musical instrument room was pretty full here are just a few.
|A homemade guitar made by a slave from an old coffee can|
|More an ornament than an instrument|
|A harp guitar|
|On the battlefield these were what they used to amputate a limb|
|Huge, not the sort of thing you want to bump into.|
|A british uniform|
|A marble clock which was used in the police station|
|Don and his big gun, again this was taken in Charleston harbour where the first shots of the civil war were fired|
Don and Glenys