East Battery Tour
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Some of Charleston’s most stately antebellum residences can be found along this street. The early houses here were built as the city began expanding beyond its original walls, and as the growing city reached its height as a major world port. Some of the southernmost houses were built just a few years before the start of the Civil War, giving them front row seats to the attacks. From the rooftops and piazzas of these grand dwellings, Charlestonians watched the firing on Fort Sumter that began the Civil War in 1861, as well as the later bombardment by Union forces laying siege to the city. These residences have withstood nearly two centuries of artillery strikes, great hurricanes, fires, and military occupation to remain among the city’s most beautiful monuments to its history.