Day 2, in Charleston, was a little relaxed.
We ate breakfast at James Island Campground’s world famous pancake breakfast.
On Sundays from 8:00am to 9:30am they host a breakfast in the activity center.
They serve pancakes, sausage, cereal, milk, juice and coffee.
After that, we went to the Coastal Carolina Flea Market.
What can I say, it was a flea market. We got some pretty good deals!
Day 3, we were on the go!
One of the main attractions in downtown Charleston is, The Market.
There are five buildings, I think, I forgot to count them. They are built end to end, seperated by cobblestone streets. Which are lower than the buildings. They hold water when it rains, until the water drains. So if it’s a downpour, it is flooded between the buildings. I got caught in that last year. I’ll tell you about it sometime.
The buildings are original and were used to house the slaves when brought into town for sale. I’m not exactly proud of that, but it is part of the history of our great country.
It is an open air market with vendors galore. There are a few enclosed air conditioned shops and restrooms. But for the most part it is open and hot.
I especially like the artisans. These are sweet grass basket weavers. This art has been handed down over the years. The weavers sit at every entrance and exit, weaving and displaying their baskets for sale.
Here, you can buy jewelry, nick nacks, leather goods, clothing, basketry, food, hats, historical books…
Here are a few more pictures I took, showing the original brickwork, iron gates and such.
This is a small closet built into the corner of one of the buildings. I wonder what it was used for? Solitary confinement? Or, was it even built at the time the slave trade market was in use for housing the slaves?
This would be the view of those imprisoned there, minus the paved roads, cars and fancy store fronts.
When going to Charleston, you step back in time. I try to imagine how things looked 100 years ago.
I am especially interested when I run across pictures of how it was.
I hope you enjoyed “The Market” tour.
Tomorrow? What makes me smile!
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