Charleston

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
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Trip End Feb 03, 2008


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Monday, October 29, 2007

Today we moved to Charleston, another beautiful town, bigger than Savannah and we liked it better - it spoke to us more!  We arrived early afternoon, too early to check in, so drove out to visit Drayton Hall, a Plantation house.  It was the only Plantation house in the area left untouched by the Union forces as they captured this part of the South.  It is reputed that Dr John Drayton, the owner at the time, put out yellow flags signifying that the house was a smallpox hospital (which it may have been).  The Union forces chose to believe the signs and bypassed the plantation.  The house was owned by the same family who built it in the 1730-40s.  The guide told us it was only painted three times.  It did not have electricity - the later owners never used it as their primary house.  The last owner left it to her nephews who realised they could not afford to maintain the property so, rather than break it up, enabled it to become a National Trust Historic site. As the photos show, the Trust has chosen to preserve the building rather than restore it - we have learned that this means keeping as the family had it, so different years or periods will be exemplified by different rooms in the same home.  Restoring a home entails choosing a period from those in the home's life and decorating and  furnishing the home as it would have been at that time.  

We were delighted with our new home in Charleston; a large, luxurious room with a comfortable ensuite, a shower and a bath.  Tom even had steps on his side of the bed to enable him to get into it - Ruth thought that it was meant to be her side!
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