Kiawah Island is about an hour day trip from Charleston.
“The Town of Kiawah is pleased to announce the release of the new online native plant database. The database is part of the Town’s Grow Native initiative launched last fall. This initiative is a community-wide effort to increase the use of native plants in landscaping projects with an overall goal of improving wildlife habitat. More information on the program and a link to the new database can be found by visiting the Town’s Grow Native web page at www.grownativekiawah.com.”
‘Journey from the past to the present and heritage to habitat at the Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Rich in natural, cultural and historical resources, Caw Caw was once part of several rice plantations and home to enslaved Africans who applied their technology and skills in agriculture to carve the series of rice fields out of cypress swamps.
To help preserve and protect our natural resources and interpretive trails, dogs and bicycles are not permitted.’
– Over 6 miles of trails with trailside exhibits
– Elevated boardwalks through wetlands (1,435 ft.)
– Environmental and social studies education programs from pre-school through college level
– Interpretive exhibits, displays, and programs
– Former 18th and 19th century rice fields and on one of the most important sites of the Stono Rebellion
– Thousands of naturalized tea plants from a 20th century tea farm
– Areas managed for wildlife including waterfowl, songbirds, otters, deer, and more
– Favored habitats for rare wildlife: American Alligators, Swallow-tailed Kites, Bald Eagles, and others
Environmental Educator or Interpreter-led educational group rates are available with reservations Monday through Sunday or self-led educational group rates available with reservations Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call (843) 889-8898.
Intersection of Ashley Avenue and Broad Street
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The lake and its park were part of the Commons established by an Act of the Commons House of Assembly in 1768, setting aside the area forever for public use.
The tradition that the lake was developed as a small boat harbor for planters apparently has no foundation in fact.
Most likely, it served as mill pond for a succession of sawmills which operated in the vicinity.
For many years the lake was known as the Rutledge Street Pond.
It acquired the name, Colonial Lake, in 1881, in honor of the “Colonial Commons” established in 1768. Some residents still call it “The Pond.”
The park around the lake was developed in 1882-87.
Fountains were placed in the lake in 1973, not for decorative purposes, but to aerate the water and prevent fish kills on hot summer days.
Gala Week used to be held in the fall of the year, with a fireworks display on the west side of the Pond, which was then an undeveloped area.
Spectators filled to park and crowded onto boats in the lake.’
‘A variety of tours are offered including the slave quarters and the family home. Tram tours are led by naturalists and visitors often see alligators, turtles, snakes, peacocks and waterfowl. The gardens are one of the oldest INFORMAL gardens in the U.S. with cooperation with nature rather than control of nature’.Adapted from article about Charleston by Judith Evans.
The house and gardens are open daily; an admission fee is charged.
“Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest community based historic preservation organization in America. Our mission is to inspire the involvement of all who dwell in the Lowcountry to honor and respect our material and cultural heritage.”
Daily, 365 days a year. From opening until 5:30 PM.
However, once you have purchased your ticket, you can stay and enjoy the Audubon Garden until dusk. Allow 1 hour for the self-guided walk.
COST: ($8 per person, children under 6 free)
The Audubon Swamp Garden is a unique world where trees grow from the water, islands float, and everywhere wild creatures go about their secret lives. It boasts a diversity of living things almost unequaled anywhere else in America. Thousands of plant and animal species coexist amongst the cypress and tupelo gum trees, surrounded by blackwater. Each year, hundreds of egrets, herons, and other waterfowl nest within feet of the walking path. You can explore this wild and otherwise inaccessible landscape on boardwalks, bridges, and dikes.’
Originally opened in 1970 to commemorate Charleston, South Carolina‘s tricentennial, this 80-acre state park showcases animals indigenous to the state in 1670, with exhibits designed by naturalist Jim Fowler.
There is a 17th-century village typical of what the original settlers might have constructed.
There is also a 53-foot (16m) replica of the trading ketch Adventure, a vessel typical of what the young colony would have used for trade on the eastern coast and in the West Indies.
Charles Towne Landing has much to see and do including the Animal Forest, Living History and Archaeological sites, as well as many more attractions.’
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The mission of the Historic Charleston Foundation is to lead in preserving and protecting the historical, architectural and cultural character of Charleston and its historic environment.
It serves to educate the public about Charleston’s history and the benefits that are derived from preservation. “This mission is supported through the generosity of preservation-minded donors, in addition to the Foundation’s earned-income programs, including the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Charleston International Antiques Show, licensed products program, and three retail shops. In addition, HCF fulfills its educational mission through the interpretation of its collections and two museum sites: the Nathaniel Russell House, c. 1808, and the Aiken-Rhett House, c. 1818.”
The nonprofit organization was established in 1947. The foundation “works to protect buildings, landscapes and cultural resources that make up Charleston’s rich and irreplaceable heritage.
At the heart of the Foundation’s mission lie its preservation and advocacy programs, including protective covenants and easements.
Learn more about the fascinating history of the Walled City of Charleston through photos, maps and video!