Wandering Through Charleston Alleys

Last year, I went to Charleston, South Carolina to visit a friend. It was my first time in the Deep South, and it was nice to visit a city with so much history. I like living in Dallas, but everything here is so shiny and new. Even our oldest buildings are a century old at most, while Charleston has houses and churches from before the American Revolution. I took a lot of pictures on the trip, so I’ve broken it up into several categories, starting with some pictures of narrow and winding Charleston alleys, pathways and courtyards.


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I love these old brick walls covered in moss and vegetation.

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Some alleys are spooky even in broad daylight.

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Peeking in on a private alley.

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I love the way the flag frames this little walkway.

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Pirates Courtyard. Yes, there were real pirates in Charleston back in the day, most notably Blackbeard.

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This semi-enclosed courtyard reminds me of Spain.

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I love the wrought iron scrollwork.

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Another secret garden.

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Cute kitty hanging out in the yard.

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When it comes to alleys, narrower is better.

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My favorite old distressed wall. You won’t find this in Dallas.

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The alley goes on and on.

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This alley has lots of shade and vegetation.

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Coming from Dallas, where even minor streets are six lane boulevards, it’s refreshing to see such narrow streets.


Have you ever visited South Carolina? If so, did you spend much time exploring Charleston alleys? If so, let me know what you thought in the comment section.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at http://steve-lovelace.com.

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