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Tea Set Bling

Another room of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum that is a show off, including this gold decorated tea set.

White - Gold Tea Set
White – Gold Tea Set

The Nathaniel Russell House Museum embodies the flaunt-it lifestyle of the mercantile elite of late 1700s – early 1800s Charleston, SC. The house has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Photos taken October 13, 2021

Magnolia Cemetery Pond: Water Out

I like Magnolia Cemetery mostly for the birds that gather there. On this early December visit I was surprised to find the water was out of the pond where I was hoping to see some ducks. Normally the water is a foot or more deep at this edge.

Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery
Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery

On doing research for this post I discovered the body of water is referred to as a lagoon not a pond; there is this “big lagoon” and a “small lagoon” on the back side near the Smith Pyramid. I’ve read about those stairs leading down to a grassy area where picnicking took place back in the 1800s, which seems odd now but was all the rage at the time.

Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery
Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery, Taken from the cemetery entrance  end

From the other end of the pond, looking towards Meeting Street, signs of expanding Charleston are evident. I don’t often post images with power lines, but this time they felt like part of the story. Bird watching at the cemetery you feel like you are in the country, but that just isn’t so.

Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery
Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery, White Ibis in Trees to Right

Unfortunately, the bridge has been closed since last summer due to dangerous rotting of the decking. The last time I walked over it I wondered why it hadn’t been closed.

On the marsh end of the pond/lagoon there is a different type of water control trunk than those I am used to seeing in the rice fields.

Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery
Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery

This one is mostly brick or some kind of masonry with a metal plate cover and hoisting system. A few White Ibis were attracted to the shallow water for easy feeding.

Outflow of Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery
Outflow of Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery, White Ibis

The marsh on the other side of the dike is tidal, leading out to the Cooper River. With the trunk left open water will come and go in the pond with the tide. I’m not sure why they are leaving it open; I was there a few days ago and it was either open again or still open.

Outflow of Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery
Outflow of Big Lagoon, Magnolia Cemetery

My post School’s Out  of jumping fish was taken on the marsh side of this dike, with the tide high. The last image shows the top of the brick arrangement on that side.

The building to the right is an old receiving tomb; Ted has taken some moody images of it which you can see at https://tpjphoto.net/

My trend lately has been less text with my posts; I think today is an anomaly, not a new direction.

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
December 3, 2021

Oval Drawing Room, 3 Details

Showing some more detail of the sensory overload in the Oval Drawing Room, this is a close up of the Georgian Gothic crown molding. The museum tour indicates this is made of plaster with 22 Carat gold leaf.

Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail
Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail

A wider view shows the rounding of the corner and the top corner framing of the panel mirrors.

Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail
Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail

From the hallway the Oval Drawing Room glows with natural light when the sun is shining, as it was this day.  The room to the left is the Withdrawing Room, which runs across the entire front of the house.

Oval Drawing Room From Hallway
Oval Drawing Room From Hallway

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Photos taken October 13, 2021

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Oval Drawing Room, 2

The Oval Drawing Room on the second floor of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum is something of a sensory overload.

Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room
Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room

Every type of architectural detail is decorated–the gilded cornice, the door frames, the frames around the window.

Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room
Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room

In addition to helping reflect the candlelight of the era, the panel mirrors were another statement of wealth.

View to the Staircase From Oval Drawing Room
View to the Staircase From Oval Drawing Room, Door Flanked By Paneled Mirrors

I suspect they were also disorienting to late night party attendees.

Oval Drawing Room
Oval Drawing Room

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Photos taken October 13, 2021

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Oval Drawing Room

The Oval Drawing Room on the second floor of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum embodies the flaunt-it lifestyle of the mercantile elite of the late 1700s – early 1800s Charleston.

Set for Tea in the Oval Drawing Room
Set for Tea in the Oval Drawing Room

The tea set has plenty of its own bling, with opulent decoration.

Tea Table
Tea Table

Panel mirrors and cornice gilding helped brighten the room for after dinner parties, reflecting candle light.

Tea Table Reflected in Mirror Wall
Tea Table Reflected in Mirror Wall

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Photos taken October 13, 2021

House Museum at Middleton Place

On a cloudy day the South Flanker across the great lawn was sprinkled with sheep.

Middleton Place, House Museum, South Flanker
Middleton Place, House Museum, South Flanker, Colorful Lantana at the Wall

One of the flock is always playing catch up.

Lone Sheep Crossing The Lawn
Lone Sheep Crossing The Lawn

July 7, 2021


Prior to the Civil War the main house was flanked by the North Flanker and the South Flanker, which was built in 1755 as gentlemen’s guest quarters and a business office.