At the end of the pier past the many swings is a floating dock with views of the Ravenel Bridge, Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, the U.S.S. Yorktown at Patriot's Point, and Fort Sumter. Supposedly charred pilings from the 1955 fire at Tidewater Terminals, Inc. are still visible too. After a stroll up the pier we continued south through the park, which is divided into two parts; a shaded urban portion to the right and a palmetto-lined esplanade to the left. Halfway down we shucked our shoes once again, this time for the Pineapple Fountain.
Just across the street is Market Hall. The first public market on this site opened shortly after the Revolutionary War, and the present Roman Revival structure dates from 1841. The sheep and bulls’ heads pictured in the frieze indicate meat was sold there, and during the 1800s the streets and rooftops were lined with buzzards who lived off the scraps thrown out by the butchers. The Confederate Museum is on the second floor, but the tourist attraction is below in the arcade, which houses the shops.
One hat purchase later we emerged from the market at the opposite end, crossing over to the parking garage to pack up and head towards home. We’ve really seen very little of the city, but it’s still one of our favorites, and I’m positive we’ll be back soon for more seafood, sunshine and history. Who can resist?