|Arthur J. Ravenel, Jr. Bridge|
We left our Island home and found ourselves approaching the grand Ravenel bridge, one that we had admired from afar before now. I busily snapped pictures as we passed beneath the towering marvel...
There were people walking alongside the roadway and I mentally put this on my list of things to do. Maybe a sunset stroll across would be fun.
Fort Moultrie was our destination. Driving through the streets of the town of Mount Pleasant, SC reminded me of the quirky Fernandina Beach. We bypassed all of the colorful tourist shops and kept to our purpose. My love of shopping has been curtailed by our lack of space to put things but my head still turns when we pass through these tourist towns.
|Inside the Fort Moultrie Visitor's Center|
Its fun to stroll through these exhibits with him and hear little snippets as he finds some things familiar.
Here the docent is showing us the path of the British troops under General Cornwallis.
The fort itself has been rebuilt several times, beginning with the first fort of Palmetto logs. It was eventually rebuilt using brick, but I was a bit disappointed when we were told that much of what we would see today is not how it was during any period that the fort was in use as a working military facility.
Cheesie but informative none the less... It helped bring it all together in my mind so that I better understood the progression from one period to the next.
I tried to imagine these halls peopled with soldiers bustling to and fro doing their daily work.
I was amazed at the thickness of these walls but comforted that they wouldn't collapse around us. It isn't that I don't trust the engineers of the 1700s... well, maybe that's exactly what it is!
There is an impressive variety of cannons lining the walls of the fort and others still outside the walls on the grounds surrounding the fort.
|Fort Sumpter across the harbor|
|Morris Island Lighthouse in the distance|
|Checking out the ammunition room...|
|I'm not sure how the soldiers knew where to aim...|
|Mounted on ingeniously simple rotating pads|
This Flag, with the blue background signifying the soldier's uniforms, and the crescent, which was worn on the caps of the regiments stationed there, was later designated as South Carolina's State Flag. The Palmetto tree, signifying the material of which the walls of Fort Moultrie were originally made, was added to the flag much later and completes the flag as it still waves today.
|Looking over the wall|
|Powder kegs deep underground|
|Leaving the fort through the thick walls|
|Standing outside the wall|
This, ladies and gentlemen... concludes your history lesson for today. We move on to the refreshment portion of our day. But before we go there, we took a brief side trip to one of the many beach access points on Sullivan Island. The one we picked just happens (not coincidentally) to have a lighthouse as well...
The Sullivan Island Lighthouse. Sadly there are no tours as the structure is still in use by the USCG.
I was able to see that the light was slowly rotating, even in broad daylight.
If this is not the ugliest lighthouse in America, I have yet to see one that would take the title away...
We strolled down the boardwalk to the beach past gorgeous waterfront homes nestled in the dunes.
Of all of the many beaches we've visited in our year of cruising, this beach is the one that is most like ours back home. The color of the sand, the dunes with waving sea oats, the murky waves in the water... just like home.
|The biggest, meanest looking sticker burrs I've EVER seen!|
|I have no idea what this creepy thing is...|
Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie for 13 months under the pseudonym Edgar Allen Perry. His time at Sullivan's Island led him to write The Gold Bug, which is about a mystical beetle that led to buried treasure. You can download the free ebook here.