A Charleston Stroll - Church Street
Challenge yourself to find beauty on your journey. Get outside. Move. Live. Breathe.
I am guilty of taking for granted the beauty and charisma Charleston, South Carolina has to offer. I have lived here for ten years now and find myself mostly complaining about the traffic, not awing at the historical architecture, gazing out at the water as the dolphins play, or simply admiring the sights down the next street. So, I went adventuring. Or rather, I took a stroll during my lunch break. Oh, Charleston. As in life, take a moment to enjoy the simple pleasures and beauty of the world. Slow down. This Charleston stroll took me down one of my favorite streets-Church Street.
Church street, aptly named, is home to several beautiful churches, storefronts, and historic homes. My favorite--the churches. I feature two below.
St. Philip's Church
St. Philip’s church, built in 1836, is known for it’s beautiful tower and spire (completed in 1850). St. Philip’s is the oldest European American religious congregations in South Carolina. It’s first church was built between 1680 and 1681. Another was built after a hurricane damaged the first. Fire destroyed the second, and so the present day church was built. Marvel in its splendor. Fun fact: Edward Rutledge, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, is buried here.
The French Huguenot Church, built in 1844, features a Gothic Revival style. It is the only independent Huguenot church in the United States. Personally, I’m a big fan of it’s pink exterior. Fun fact: Since 1950 it has held an annual service in French to celebrate the spring.
Charleston has a huge French influence, preserved to honor the high concentration of French merchants in the area’s history--so large there is an entire section of Charleston called the French Quarter.
Goat. Sheep. Cow.
Goat. Sheep. Cow image obtained from Trip Advisor. Storefront was being painted during stroll.
Goat.Sheep.Cow., a delectable fromagerie, calls the French Quarter home. Just walking in this place gives me that je ne sais quois feeling. Please hold while I download Duolingo in hopes memories of my French courses cascade. Oui oui!
Dock Street Theatre
Also in the French quarter, Dock Street Theatre. Dock Street is argued to be the first site of theatrical production in the United States! I haven’t had the honor of attending one of the shows yet, but it is on my to-do list. In the meantime, join me in admiring its exterior.
Bitty & Beau's Coffee
You like coffee? More like iced coffee in this heat wave. Church street is also home to Bitty and Beau’s Coffee, one of my new favorite coffee spots. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founder, Amy Wright, is mother to four, two with Down Syndrome-Bitty and Beau. They inspired her to empower others facing disabilities. They have two locations-Wilmington, NC and the other here in Charleston, SC. Stop by for a hot brew and maybe make a new friend.
The Hot Dog Stand. Then this guy. He saved my life. He may not be on Church Street, but he was on my walk back to the office when the heat index was 100+. Fantastic hot dogs, ice cold drinks, and yummy brownies. Snack time! Sorry no photo. I lost focus in the heat of things. Go see for yourself!