Walking the Battery in Charleston South Carolina is one of those activities that must be done almost every trip we make to the Holy City! Why is that?
Perhaps it is the water and view of shrimp boats and the possibility of spotting dophins….
Perhaps it is the picture postcard antebellum southern mansions all along the road…
Perhaps it is a chance to get away from the crowded streets downtown…
Perhaps it is time wandering the historic avenues and peaking through iron gates for glimpses of beautiful urban gardens…
Whatever the draw, it is strong for me. I feel as though I am much further away from downtown than we really are. It is a step back in time. A place to let go of my “to do” list and just enjoy the sights and the sounds and the smells.
The scenic promenade that runs along this southern most tip of the Charleston Peninsula allows you to walk without having to worry about traffic. This is the place where the Cooper River and the Ashley River meet. On a clear day, Fort Sumter and Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse can be seen. The furthest point along the promenade is called White or Oyster Point because of the piles of oyster shells there.
In 1737, there was a fort on this site called Broughton’s Battery. The sea wall was built in 1750 to protect the fort. Then, in 1789 the fort was demolished. During the War of 1812, this spot was occupied by Fort Wilkins. In the Civil War, it was a coastal defense artillery battery. Now the area sports a public garden with paved paths, military statues, canons, cannon balls and a gazebo. It is a great place to let the kids run and climb or to have a picnic.
Interesting Houses Along the Battery
In case you want to take yourself on a history walk, here is a list of famous houses along East Battery. There are plenty more, but this is enough to get you started!
Louis DeSaussure House is an antebellum house at 1 East Battery
Robert William Roper House is a historic house at 9 East Battery
William Ravenel House dating back to 1845 at 13 East Battery
Charles Drayton House is a historic Victorian home at 25 East Battery