A LawtonFest, Of Sorts (Part 2)

Saturday, January 15, 2011, found us on the Battery in Charleston.  Sugar’s cousin Margaret and her mother lived in a house on South Battery for many years, facing White Point Gardens (also known as Battery Park) and the Charleston Harbor beyond.  There’s a promenade overlooking the harbor, and you can circle endlessly around the park in your car seeing the sights, or just park and walk.  There are many memorials in the park, far too many for us to have seen on this particular day, but here are a few.

Moultrie wasn't just a fort, he was a man first.

Here’s a link to more information about Moultrie, a Revolutionary patriot.

The morning sun through the live oaks in the park. The harbor is beyond.

I did a search on WordPress using the words “live oak” to see who else is writing about live oaks.  I came up with only two references.  Me.  I wrote both post about live oaks.  You have got to be kidding me.  It is now my duty to let folks know about live oaks, if only to publish pictures of them.  Pictures of live oaks, not people.

This memorial is for the USS Hobson. A closeup photo follows.


You can left-click on any photo to enlarge it.  You can then left-click again to enlarge it once again. 

I took photos of the memorial stones from South Carolina, Tennessee, and New York, since all of my commenters are from those states.  Just showing the love.

This live oak embraces the palmetto tree.

Here are more pictures of Cousin Margaret’s house, or rather the right side of it.  The very back corner of the house was once a sun room and over that a porch.  The sun room was incorporated into the kitchen to increase its size and functionality, and the upstairs porch became an enclosed room.

The pinkish building to the rear is the next house. It was once a carriage house that went with Cousin Margaret's house, and there were also servant's quarters in the back garden area.

Colonel John Ashe owned this property and the two adjoining lots.  He built the impressive mansion with the cupola next door to Cousin Margaret’s.  The cupola is in one of the photos in the previous post.  You can read more about Colonel John Ashe by searching the internet, and you can see photos of his house and also of Cousin Margaret’s house when it had three stories by clicking on this link.

More of the same. The next few photos are very similar to this one, so just bear with me.


This side of the house faces east, and is nice and shady in the hot summertime.


Charleston is famous for its side porches which take advantage of the sea breezes.


Some homes have double side porches with one stacked on top of the other.


Sugar has a photo, somewhere, of Cousin Margaret on her porch. He's in the process of looking for it.


This house is on the corner of King and South Battery.

You can read more about the Siege of Charleston and other Revolutionary-type stuff.  So everybody do your homework, and come visit, and we’ll all go on a day trip with Sugar as our tour guide.  You won’t be disappointed.


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5 Responses to “A LawtonFest, Of Sorts (Part 2)”

  1. Becky Says:

    Hey you renegade Live Oaks poster, I also did not know about them until your blog. Oh, to be in Charleston on the top side porch with sea breezes!! 🙂


  2. Leo Says:

    Sea Island Yankee and How Grand A Flame are books by Clyde Bresee. Nearly a century ago he, as a child, was brought up on the Lawton farm on James Island across the river from the Battery. He describes it all quite well in his books, including the milk bottling plant they owned, and the hotel they resided in. About ten years ago he offered to ride with me from his Pennsylvania home to Charleston and give me a guided tour of the city and what had been the farm, but I was unable to do it. I would have loved to though.


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