The Battery is a fortified seawall at the southernmost tip of the Charleston peninsula, where the Cooper River and Ashley River meet. With its scenic promenade and historic park, the Battery is easily among downtown Charleston’s most beloved landmarks.
This strategic point was very important to the early history of Charleston. In 1737 Broughton’s Battery (later known as Fort Wilkins) was built here. During the during the 1750s, a seawall was constructed using large boulders, stone, and masonry. Broughton’s Battery was decommissioned and demolished in 1789, but when a new wall and its promenade were completed in the 1820s, locals still referred to it as “The Battery.”
However the centerpiece of the Battery is White Point Garden, which received its name from the huge piles of sun-bleached oyster shells that originally covered the ground. White Point Garden boasts large, shady lie oaks and oyster-shell paths that lead visitors by statues, cannons, and memorials. The Williams Music Pavilion, a 1907 bandstand, sits in the middle of the park and still hosts concerts as well as weddings and picnics.
Historic Pictures of the Charleston Battery
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Reflections on the Charleston Battery
Photographer Mark VanDyke shares of his experience capturing his photo below of the famous view: “I found myself on this morning wedged between two oleander bushes, backed against a wall, and lying down in the middle of a puddle to capture this photograph of Charleston’s historic homes along the waterfront battery. Needless to say, even though Charleston is fairly de-sensitized to camera-toting tourists like myself, I was receiving some very strange looks from folks jogging and walking above on the trail, as well as parking along the street on this particular morning! The Charleston Battery is lined with historic Antebellum southern homes, some as massive as twenty-thousand square feet.”