Friday Four:What To See In Charleston SC

charleston-sc_toursSince things have been leveling out of us, we are able to mark some things off our “To- Do-With-The-Kids-Before-the-leave-the -House.”  It seems like it has taken us forever to get to this point, but we’re here and the kids are super excited to see where not only I attended school at, but a little bit of their history.

My husband asked me to secure the hotel room, and activities, for our mid -week trip and I was happy to do so. As my husbands Idea of a nice hotel is – a motel  with 2 beds and a beach chair close to the grill. I say not this trip! I think the kids 1st trip to the  one of the best beaches in the South. Charleston, a cultural epicenter and a laid-back beach town, a historic treasure and a cutting-edge destination, a major city with a small town vibe. I plan our stay to go a little like this:

1.  The Old Slave Mart MuseumThe Old Slave Mart is a building located at 6 Chalmers Street in Charleston, South Carolina that once housed an antebellum slave auction gallery. Constructed in 1859, the building is believed to be the last extant slave auction gallery in South Carolina. In 1975, the Old Slave Mart was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its role in Charleston’s African-American history. Today, the building houses the Old Slave Mart Museum.

old_slave_mart_museum1I remember Rainbow Row from my Johnson and Wales days, but it’s high on my must see list. Keep reading…..

2. Powder Magazine- is a gunpowder magazine and museum, It’s the oldest surviving public building in the former Province of Carolina. It was erected in 1713 by colonial settlers as a place to safely store and centralize their gunpowder supplies. It was also involved in the 1780 siege of Charleston. The Powder Magazine was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. It has operated as a museum since the early 1900s. This by far is something the boys and their Veteran dad should love!

H_ L_ Hunley (submarine)3. H. L. Hunley – It was a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War. Hunley demonstrated the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare. She was the first combat submarine to sink a warship, although Hunley was not completely submerged and, following her successful attack, was lost along with her crew before she could return to her base. The Confederacy lost 21 crewmen in three sinkings of Hunley during her short career. The submarine was named for her inventor, Horace Lawson Hunley, shortly after she was taken into service under the control of the Confederate Army at Charleston, South Carolina. Notice, they called it a “She?” I think they got it!

4. Last but not least, Gullah Grub! Look at this! I could eat this all day long. heck, I drank from mason glasses now. I can’t wait! YES, I’ll share pictures over on  QC Supermom Oh, and as far as the hotel arrangements, let’s just say a blogger has to do what a blogger has to do!

My husband says I speak lie them when I'm  frustrated with him. We all should feel right at home.

My husband says I speak lie them when I’m frustrated with him. We all should feel right at home.

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(See more things to do right here.)  Ok, time to pack up. See ya later alligators! 🙂

QC Supermom

You Know You’re in South Carolina When…….

Ok, I confess! I am a GRIT! Girl Rasied In The South…..and I’m so proud of it! It is an expeirence not many get to enjoy. As my children get older, I want to make sure they understand their history so that they will get a better focus for their future. Last week we scooted down to Williamsburg County. It’s a tiny area on your way to Myrtle Beach, Florence, Manning or Georgetown (depending on which way you travel)

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Growing up, I promised that when I leave I would never come back. I was tired of seeing trees, dirt roads and

tobacco fields. But this trip was very different. I enjoyed watching the tractors.

Instead my girls laughed. “Ma, this was the club?” truth is, it was. Of course many look much better than this one right here was pretty standard.

Ma’ ya’ll had to drive behind these huge field trucks? “Wow, mom! I wanna ride.” I knew for sure they had hit there heads somewhere. I think they actually thought I was gonna stop this guy and ask him to give away test drives..not today’!sc truck

That thing was so huge, I clare I could driven right under it.sc track Then the other tracker….the traffic was praying for the passing line to begin. (Only in the south my friends! ) Later we passed by a few other structures that screamed Welcome to the South! It was an old house. These type of homes have sat in the same pot untouched for decades – to hundreds of years. (Talking about the quality of work- they do not build houses like that anymore.)

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The ride was awesome in that we talked about yesteryear. I was able to share my childhood with them. Taking them back to the South Carolina that I grew up in was priceless, and as sweet as these locally grown, fresh picked strawberries from Willard Farms. They were delicious!

You can pick or we will pick them for you!

You can pick or they’ll pick them for you!

When we got to my dad, they related on a whole different level. It was like they understood why he has two boats, sat on the back of his monster truck, and even would say “You Don’t Say!” …it’s what you do in the South!”

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I hope my children learn to enjoy green grass, real yards, cleaner air and a slower pace. Till the next pump-house, I’ll be- QC Supermom

Check out this post office! It’s every bit of 2013 & they still use it!sc po