White Point Garden

              White Point Garden 1851

White Point Garden is one of those special places every Charleston, South Carolina visitor must explore!

History of White Point Garden

Did you know that White Point Garden was originally called “Oyster Point” and later the name was changed to “White Point”? The name comes from oyster shells bleached by the sun, found at the edge of the peninsula. A bath house once stood at the end of King Street from 1840-1881. Cake and ice cream was sold in a parlor above the bath house. It was removed in 1881 and the waterfront area was filled in to make the park larger.

White Point Garden with bath house 1872

 

 

 

 

 

Today

The area once covered in oyster shells is now covered in grass. A variety of statues, plaques and canon replicas as well as a gazebo are spread out in the 5.7 acres of this public park. Live oak trees provide abundant shade. Spectacular antebellum homes and a gentle breeze make this a popular place year round.

On a clear day, Fort Sumter and the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse are visible. Dolphins can often be seen jumping amid the shrimp boats. This is a great place to watch a sunset!

If you plan to visit, make sure you wear good walking shoes since the concrete slabs along the waterfront are uneven. Also be mindful that there are no public washrooms in the area.

White Point Garden Charleston, SC

                     White Point Garden today

 

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Farmers’ Markets – Live Like a Local!

Farmers' market

The weather is nice and we are in full vacation season mode at the Palmetto Beach House Rental on the Isle of Palms with bookings set all the way through August! Everyone enjoys living like a local when they come to the island. One way to do that is to visit the local Farmers’ Markets and partake in some delicious locally grown foods.

We have three great options that are not far from our home. Each one has it’s own “flavor” and each one is worthy of a visit while you are in the area.

The closest Farmer’s Market is located just down the road on Sullivan’s Island. It also happens to be the new kid on the block having just started this year. The Sullivan’s Island market is located at 1921 I’On Avenue right in front of the Poe Library. It is open every Thursday 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM April 7th – June 30th. You can find a variety of potted plants and flowers including mint and tomato plants, plenty of fresh vegetables, local arts and crafts and even a table for junior vendors. Click here for additional information Sullivan’s Island Farmers’ Market

Over the Connector, is the  Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market located in the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard (Moultrie Middle School). This market is open every Tuesday 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM April 5th – September 27th. As you meander through the aisle here you will find freshly picked South Carolina fruits and vegetables, colorful flowers, local seafood and a variety of baked goods, canned goods, snacks and even some freshly cooked meals. There is music and family-friendly activities making this a fun afternoon adventure for everyone. Parking is free. Click here for additional information Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

Last and furthest away from Isle of Palms is the Charleston Farmers’ Market. This one is an award winner, so don’t miss it! It was founded by Mayor Joe Riley in 1989 and was named “Best Outdoor Event” & “Best Attraction” for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Located in Marion Square right beside the Embassy Suites Hotel in the very heart of Downtown Charleston, this market is open every Saturday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM April 9th – November 26th. Additional dates are available during holiday seasons and for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in May and June. Over 100 local vendors and artists participate in this market. Fresh produce, food concession tables, artisans and crafters are in abundance. There is live music, family activities and other community group displays. Click here for additional information Charleston Farmers’ Market 

Whether you are looking for some fresh vegetables to add to your dinner, activities to keep the kids busy, or local crafts to take home, you will not be disappointed when you attend these local markets! Enjoy! And live like a local!

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