Endless Beauty of Rutledge Avenue (Calhoun to Broad), Charleston, SC – Let’s Take a Walk Together

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Attention on the peninsula of Charleston, South Carolina can often be difficult to get because there are so many signs of ageless beauty.? From spectacular architecture, to the rainbow of colors, Charleston offers a fruitful stimulus of the senses.? As we burst into springtime, we can all but smile as the blossoming flowers spread their petals and illuminate this city.

The homes are a vital part of our ambiance and their attention to detail, charm and uniqueness offer locals and tourists a walking tour of pleasure.? One stretch that offers an abundance of charm is Rutledge Avenue.? With historic 94 Rutledge, Cannon Park, Colonial Lake and the spectacle of homes and businesses, this stretch of road from Calhoun Street to Broad Street, is a walking parade of elegance and warmth.

Take a walk with us (wear something comfortable and bring a camera).? This is one mini parade of homes you do not want to miss.

94 Rutledge Avenue

94 Rutledge, the former home of Isaac Jenkins Mikell (I. Jenkins Mikell House) built in circa 1854 has been placed by The Preservation Society of Charleston

Pillars of Cannon Park

The pillars of Cannon Park are the remains of a convention center built in 1899.? In October 1981, a fire destroyed the building leaving the pillars behind.? Today, this beauty park is home to dog walking, yoga, picnics, weddings and festivals.

Cannon Park from the view on the pillar platform.

 

Quaint Postal Mailbox in the heart of the garden
Belvedere Home
Belvedere Home

 

Benches in the newly renovated Colonial Lake Park
Benches in the newly renovated Colonial Lake Park

 

Beautiful awning over the front entranceway
Beautiful awning over the front entrance way

 

Gorgeous Southern front porch with fans and rockers
Gorgeous Southern front porch with fans and rockers

 

Difficult to not want to smell the flowers reaching out through the fence.
Difficult to not want to smell the flowers reaching out through the fence.

 

One must admire the unique architectural designs of the homes
One must admire the unique architectural designs of the homes

 

Fences covered in foliage and trees giving off an ominous feel.
Fences covered in foliage and trees giving off an ominous feel.

 

This home offers a haunting and welcoming feel.
This home offers a haunting and welcoming feel.

 

Charming entrance way
Charming entrance way.

 

A very colonial feel
A very colonial feel.

 

Pineapple decor a part of all things Charleston.
Pineapple decor a part of all things Charleston.

 

 

Obscure and Silly Landmarks of Folly Beach – Part II

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Nowhere else in this fine land of ours can you walk down any residential home and see a carnival of creativity flowing in all directions.? Each home a unique entity, each entrance way a gateway to another world and each experience different from the last.? Folly Beach is a safe haven; a place whose only rule is that there are no rules.? The locals live by a single code:? Be kind to one another and be there for each other.? It is a simple rule, but one that governs this coastal culture with charm, loyalty and kindness.

We love our journeys through the secret corridors where life and fantasy become one.

Now, it is time to take you on a sequel journey to more obscure and silly landmarks of Folly Beach.? Put on your favorite technicolor hat and 3D sunglasses and enjoy another ride through the wonder of Folly.

Step onto Bourbon Street and feel the warmth of a warm Louisiana Night while listening to jazz on the Bayou.

Something wicked this way comes.? Beware the Alligator entrance.

The greenhouse is flourishing with fresh produce for all the eye can see.

The mermaid clubhouse

Don’t look too closely; her beauty can kill.

Beware what goes on through those gates.? This home is guarded by the passionate bearer of the globe of prediction.

The sculpture garden awaits.

Welcome to the seahorse house.

For all your Sesame Street fans, here is the Snuffleupagus tree

Remember:? Time Began in a Garden

Here lies the Wild’s Brigade Cemetary

We hope you enjoyed the newest journey through the wild unknown fantasy land of Folly Beach.? Come back soon for another storied adventure.

Stoll’s Alley: Corridor to History in Charleston

By Mark A. Leon

Today’s hidden Charleston treasure is a narrow corridor situated between East Bay and Church Street.? This narrow walkway donned with historic homes, statues, flowers and moss offers a romantic and historic view of Charleston.? As you walk through, pay close attention to the walls, entryways and driveways.? There are tiny gems throughout this one block walk.

Make sure you add this to your personal walking tour of Charleston.

Walk with me for a few moments as we document this quiet Saturday morning stroll down Stoll’s Alley.

Entrance way right off of East Bay Street

Horse knob by the front entrance of a residence

Lamp post against traditional brick

Old original external decor

Church Street entrance

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Colonial designed home

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Devil on the violin

That is a nice way to enter your home

The light shines bright

Love in Stoll’s Alley

We hope you can all enjoy your own stroll and make some wonderful memories from Stoll’s Alley.

Hint:? It is just before White Point Gardens if you are heading toward The Battery.