The Dark Chocolate Orange Cream Side of South Carolina: Antebellum Buildings, Antiques, Oak Trees

To continue what I have started here in the South Eastern region of the country, I am now visiting South Carolina, also known as Land of Charles. What I pictured in mind when thinking of SC is its thousand-year-old oak trees, British influence, ancient forests, antiques, and some of its best kept-secret nature attractions. I figured this state was once a part of the British colonial empire because of the many plantations established here, including ancestral houses that depict Victorian architecture. (Eek, that reminds of the recent horror film The Conjuring) Overall, South Carolina is like this Dark Chocolate Orange Cream because what comes as dark and bold has a soft heart within.

After I landed at SC, I first felt the humid subtropical climate, which fortunately summer is over already so I don’t have to experience being toasted under the scorching heat of the sun. I wish to visit Charleston for it is a very popular tourist spot. It houses several historically relevant building structures, landmarks and 18th century-old homes.

So now I’ll give you a walk-through of Charleston’s well-known Antebellum District. The place really looks quaint, so if you prefer not having a metropolitan vacation, you should consider going to Charleston. The district looks unreal that I thought that I am in one of the studios in Hollywood. Also, my guide says that this city is a survivor from natural disasters like flood, epidemic, hurricane and siege. And this made me love the city and its people more.

As I was saying, the Antebellum District features 73 pre-American revolution edifices and around 136 buildings were established during the late 18th century. The district grew bigger since people from different states started inhabiting it and erected residential houses, churches, museums and businesses. After my guide explained these things, I didn’t expect that we will ride on a horse drawn carriage to tour the district. I got excited as if it is my first time to ride on carriage! Really, this is just the beginning and I couldn’t be any happier. We visited plantations, lighthouses, museums, and gardens where you can truly have insights of SC’s historic past.

The highlight of this tour is when we visited the 1772 Heyward-Washington House Museum. This was where former President Washington once stayed when he was at SC. Everything in this building is 18th century, from the garden, furniture, interior, kitchen, veranda, among many others. It was a double-brick building built in 1772 by Daniel Heyward, which was originally a townhouse for Thomas Heyward Jr., his son. Does the name ring a bell? Well, if you were awake and listening to your American History teacher, you would know that T. Heyward was a patriot leader and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence during the Revolutionary period.

I ended my tour with shopping at the Old City Market. I offered to exchange my box of Dark Chocolate Orange Cream Chocolate to the antique item vendor, and accepted my deal for a friendly-discount.  He couldn’t resist the chocolate and granted me 10% discount!