First, a cup of iced americano from the Coffee Break Cafe ...
then cross the street to see what's happening in the harbor --
a nice way to start our second summer day in Georgetown.
Cut through the little park beside
the Rice Museum
in the old town hall and slave market ...
past the bust of the Marquis de Lafayette,
the young Frenchman who landed in America in Georgetown
at age 19 to become
General George Washington's second in
Take the Harbor Walk, a series of docks that runs several blocks along the waterfront ...
past the yachts and fishing boats and
tour boats that take people on shelling trips
and out to see the old lighthouse.
In the three-block historic district every space not occupied by a building has become a green space, a park. Francis Marion Park is named for the general also known as The Swamp Fox, quite a legend around here. (I'll save that story for another day.)
The person sitting on the bench is a disabled man who makes roses from palmetto fronds to sell to visitors.
The huge red flowers
blooming in the center of the garden are hibiscus.
South Carolina's state tree is the Sabal palmetto and this tiny park was built in its honor. It was chosen as the state tree because it assisted in the defeat of the British during the American Revolution.
Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island survived the attack of the British because it was constructed of palmetto logs which absorbed the impact of cannon balls.
In other words, the cannon balls bounced off!
Also called the Cabbage Palm, it graces the flag
of the Palmetto State
along with the pretty Carolina moon.