It's a frosty and chilly morning here in the land of palm trees, and I am enjoying my morning coffee at the kitchen table while watching a lone male cardinal take his breakfast at the feeder beside the back patio. As I log onto my Ipod to check the weather, thoughts of a round of golf abruptly exit the entirety of my brain. With my attention now turned toward scanning the online version of the Charleston Post and Courier a video captures my attention, hmmm...., Star of The West Reenactment.
After watching the video for a split second, I think, maybe I'll take a trip down to Folly Beach to walk on the beach and snap some pictures of the lighthouse on Morris Island from the shores of Folly. After all it would provide excellent material for a blog entry on my newly revived From The Land Of Palm Trees blog. Then the brain thing activated again, it quickly said, "dummy, if it is too cold to play golf, it is way to cold to go walk on the beach." And, well, I listened. But, thanks to The Living Military History Society from The Citadel, the video had piqued my interest.
Morris Island, a small barrier island residing within the Charleston Harbor, is one of the many historical points of interest in Charleston. Morris Island is a mere 840 acres and is accessible only by boat. Thanks to shifting sands, the barrier island is under constant threat of going away. Many locals spend lazy summer days and nights anchored off of the tiny island, enjoying an adult beverage or three and letting their dogs splash in the surf. I have never set foot on Morris Island, but I have viewed the island up close from the Fort Sumter boat tour. Any visitor to one of the neatest Atlantic Beaches of Charleston, Folly Beach, recognizes the lighthouse standing 300 yards or so from the Northeast shore of the beach. The Morris Island lighthouse dates back to the late 1700's and used to be on a small patch of land but it is now surrounded by seawater. Below is a picutre of what I would have seen this morning on my Folly Beach stroll if I hadn't been such a wimp.
Harper's Weekly from January 23,1861.
Ultimately, this simple defense of Charleston Harbor by the cadets of The Citadel from the shores of tiny Morris Island lead to an all out attack of the federally occupied Fort Sumter and the subsequent surrender of the fort by Major Anderson, but that's another blog. So, if you are a tourist in the land of the palm trees, be sure and take a boat tour of Fort Sumter
. If you are a local, then the next time you have the good fortune of being on a boat hangin' out in the harbor, take a side trip out to tiny Morris Island, but be a good guest whilst you wander and clean up after yourself because she is a jewel in the crown that is the land of the palm trees.