Pronounced "beau-fert" and not to be confused with Beaufort (Bo-fort), North Carolina, is a small town with much history, located on the southern coast of South Carolina. The old downtown section is only a couple blocks along one street on the waterfront. Homes are located on the waterfront and the streets behind town. The architecture is the old south.
While not home architecture, the design and construction of an old cemetery wall caught our interest.
This city is known for portraying the Old South and celebrates it homes. Charleston is on a peninsula, bordered by rivers north and south, and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the east through a wide inlet.
We stayed at a marina just across from Charleston, sharing the berths with a boat a bit larger than Last Dance, the York Town. A water taxi provided transportation across the Cooper River to town.
There are many interesting houses, we will let the few we chose to share speak for themselves. All these homes are located south of Broad Street, which is the title of a Pat Conroy novel (South of Broad). We entered South Carolina by the southern most island, Daufuskie, which was the site of an early Conroy book, The Water is Wide, chronicling his year teaching students on the island, traveling every morning by small boat, and battling the school board.
They have nice cars in Charleston, also.
A house with no set back, in fact, the front porch is the sidewalk.
On the Waterway
Historic homes are few along the water, but new, varied, and interesting architecture abounds.
The northern end of the waterway passes through Myrtle Beach, which Glen has always likened to Daytona Beach. Class seems to end somewhere south of that point. Money still is displayed, but people tend to live in boxes stacked on top of each other. Below are two of the more attractive stacks of boxes.
A view of South Carolina through a tour of homes. We hope you have enjoyed cruising with us along the South Carolina waterways. Not wanting to end with the ugly, below we share some of the most beautiful views in this state, where people do not live. Two images will end our South Carolina journey, the first on the Wacamaw River and the second was taken at anchor on Cow House Creek.