IMAGES FROM SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston is called The Holy City because of the large number of historic churches View from the East Battery Images from the Edmonston- Alston House
Edmondston-Alston House History( From Middleton Place Plantation WebSite)
In 1820, as Charleston outgrew its original limits, Bay Street stretched beyond the site of the southernmost battery that was reinforced by a permanent seawall. Behind the wall, the wetlands to the west were filled in and divided into lots and houses were built along the road that ran beside the embankment. The road was known as High Battery, and the new neighborhood was considered a desirable residential location. By 1850 houses occupied all of the lots.
In 1817, Charles Edmondston (1782-1861), a successful Charleston merchant, purchased a plot of land on East Bay that had previously been the site of a portion of Fort Mechanic (named because the mechanics and carpenters of Charleston contributed their services to construct it in 1794). Edmondston finished building his house on this plot in 1825. His house would be the first dwelling built on Charleston’s High Battery. Unfortunately, a series of financial depressions in the 1820s and 1830s, the most severe being the Panic of 1837, greatly depleted Edmondston's resources. By 1838 Edmondston was forced to sell his Battery home.
The buyer was Charles Alston (1796-1881), a member of one of the wealthiest rice-planting families of South Carolina's Georgetown County. He made several changes to the exterior of the house to conform it to the popular Greek Revival style of the period. He added a third floor piazza and altered the roofline by adding a parapet emblazoned with the Alston coat of arms.
In the 1860s, the piazzas of the Edmondston-Alston House provided a front-row vantage point to history as General Beauregard joined others at the Alstons' to watch the bombardment of Fort Sumter. Robert E. Lee must have also appreciated the harbor view the night he took refuge at the Alston house from a wide-spreading fire that threatened his hotel further uptown.
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Coming soon...South Carolina Trip Part II: Low Country Treats and Death By Tea