I started my day with some good old fashioned cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, laundry...well, you get the picture. My pantry went from this....
That was well worth the morning's effort! It made me smile, anyway. After all that fun, we decided to head out into the 95 degree heat and see what we could get into for the afternoon.
In the car. On I-26 East to Charleston and off on King Street. It is the Second Sunday of the month-no traffic on King St. except on foot! One of my favorite streets and it takes me back to Paris. People sitting outside of every restaurant. Eating. Drinking. Relaxing. Enjoying the sun and taking their time! No one in a hurry......ahh, Paris.
Anyway, we decided to tour The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. I will just share this quote with you..... "Is the Old Exchange Building a fancy architectural jewel designed to house 18th-century assemblies? Or is it the ghoulish prison of the Revolution, the place where the martyr Isaac Hayne spent his last night? Or is it the place where George Washington greeted his fellow citizens?" I guess it's all of the above. The historical facts all blurred together after awhile.
There is no doubt. It is a stately building. It's been standing on this spot on East Bay for centuries and the history is mind-numbing. I don't use that phrase lightly!! After my 40 minutes in the dungeon listening to historical facts, I began checking things like my email and facebook. However, the inside upper floors really are sights to see.....
And, the woodwork is truly amazing. The time and effort that builders used to take was really exceptional. I know I made this comment last week-end as well when we were touring Drayton Hall. It's true. They took pride in their work and I suppose that is why it is still around for us to see.
The building itself has served several functions over the years. It was a post office. Of course, it was the jail thus the creepy dungeon. Assemblies have been held there. And, now, you can rent it out for tours for students and for parties for young people. Interesting but not exactly where I would like to hold a celebration! Although I can imagine kids loving it....Pirate Scavenger Hunts, Colonial Lifestyles, Colonial Christmas, the Making of a Pirate...you get the idea.
The part of the tour that we really could have done without? The talking, animated puppets that gave us the history lessons downstairs.
Our guide was really personable and extremely knowledgeable, though. He was even pleasant to two very small children! Why they were touring the dungeon, I'm not really sure.
Interesting or not, there is always something to see, something to learn and something yummy to eat. After our historical walk backwards, we came back to the present and to Bubba Gumps. It was calling our name for some cold beer and shrimp cocktail. That definitely made us smile as much as our clean pantry!
If you are wanting a VERY historical lesson:
The Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon
122 East Bay Street
Open Every Day from 9:00am-5:00pm