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Learn Some Boundaries

The Walled City Task Force’s map shows where walls once surrounded Charleston. In 2008, remains of the Granville Bastion were accidentally uncovered on East Bay Street during maintenance work. Images (2) courtesy of Historic Charleston Foundation

January 4, 2012

Learn Some Boundaries
Walk the limits of the old walled city, and you’ll likely gain some insight into Charleston’s past and present

Shivering at the mere thought of venturing outdoors today? Wrap your scarf a little tighter and cheer up: by Saturday, we’ll be looking at a balmy high of 70 degrees, and Sunday’s temps top out at 66—perfect weather for downtown strolling. And if you need a destination, what with holiday shopping done and the Farmers Market closed, we have just the thing. For Charleston’s January issue, senior editor Melissa Bigner took a fascinating 1.5-mile walk with her mom, tracing the route where fort-like walls of the original city stood from the 1690s to the 1730s.

For guidance, the pair used a brochure by the Walled City Task Force that maps the old walls, notes bastion locations, and shares historical facts. Melissa and Mom stopped by the Old Powder Magazine, walked past the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, and noted where a drawbridge once greeted pedestrians at Broad and Meeting streets, making some noteworthy comparisons between the Holy City’s past and present along the way.

To read more about her downtown adventure, click here.

To follow in her footsteps, download the brochure by clicking here, then hit the streets, looking for informative bronze markers posted at a selection of buildings along the route.

For more ideas on fun activities with which to fill your weekend, click here.

Wed, 01/04/2012