White Point Garden is iconic for being Charleston's first public park. As such, it has a long, exciting history. It is a waterfront park located on the Charleston Battery, which is a raised seawall and promenade. White Point was originally named South Bay, then Oyster Point due to the abundance of oysters that lined the coastline. It was finally named White Point in 1837. The beginnings of White Point Garden can be traced back to 1837 when Charleston purchased a portion of the land at White Point to create a public park. The park was extended even further in 1855, tracing its way along the waterfront. The following video gives a brief tour of the different areas of White Point Garden.
There is much to see at White Point Garden such as statues, cannons, and monuments. One monument commemorates the infamous pirate Stede Bonnet, who was hanged in the area, along with fifty other outlaws during the 1720s. Another monument in the park is the Defenders of Charleston monument. It was put in place in 1932 by the Charleston Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It was meant to remember those who defended Fort Sumter during the Civil War. The park also has Revolutionary and Civil War-era cannons on display throughout the park. One of the Revolutionary cannons is fake, however, and was installed as a joke in 1933. The next video shows different parts of the park.
Located right in the heart of the historic district, White Point Garden offers scenic views of the entire area. From here, you can get a glimpse of Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor. The park itself has a lot of natural wonders to offer: views of the ocean, shady oak trees, oyster shell paths, and gentle breezes. The park also has a gazebo and plenty of park benches, so no matter where you are, there is always a comfortable spot to find. Take a walk through Charleston's oldest public park and let the natural and man-made wonders pull you into a deep state of awe.
Cover Photo Credit: Photo by RJ Matthews via Wikimedia Commons.