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Charleston Battery — Charleston, South Carolina

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With its scenic promenade and historic park, the Battery is easily one of downtown Charleston‘s most beloved spots. The Battery is a fortified seawall at the southernmost tip of the Charleston peninsula, where the Cooper River and Ashley River meet.

Battery Panorama

Jacob Kupferman of Mount Pleasant © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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. It remained in service until the 1780s. The seawall pictured above was built during the 1750s using large boulders, stone, and masonry.

Charleston Battery Aerial

Larry Gleason, Aiken Aerial Photography, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Broughton’s Battery was decommissioned and demolished in 1789, but when the wall and its promenade were completed in the 1820s it was still commonly called the Battery. Today, the Battery is lined with historic antebellum homes, and its harbor-side promenade offers incredible views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse.

East Battery Street

Mark VanDyke of Herndon, VA, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

However, the centerpiece of the Battery is White Point Garden, which received its name from the huge piles of bleached oyster shells that originally covered the ground. White Point Garden boats large, shady oak trees and oyster shell pathways that take visitors by statues, cannons, and memorials. The Williams Music Pavilion, a 1907 gazebo-like bandstand, sits in the middle of the park and still hosts concerts as well as weddings and picnics.

South Battery Sunset

John J. Birkenheuer of Charleston, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

More Pictures of the Charleston Battery

Charleston Battery

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

East Battery Charleston

Serge Skiba of Cornelius, NC © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Aerial Image of the Battery

Ron Chapple of Charlotte, NC © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

South Battery Sunset

John J. Birkenheuer of Charleston, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

East Battery

Mark Wickliffe of Charleston, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Carolina Yacht Club

Paul Mulkey of James Island © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Battery Charleston SC

Paul Mulkey of James Island © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Charleston Battery

Photographer Mark VanDyke shares of his experience capturing an above photo 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.”

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Charleston Battery Info

Address: East Battery Street at Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401
GPS Coordinates: 32.769281,-79.928964

Charleston Battery Map

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6 Comments about Charleston Battery

Johnson BjorsethNo Gravatar says:
June 23rd, 2015 at 4:29 am

and you’ll definitely discover it.

Christine Wyatt Wood says:
April 25th, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Before I was born, my paternal grandmother left SC. She and her family made several westward migrations until they finally ended up in California, where I was born. But last year I visited my daughter and son-in-law, who make their home in Sumter, SC, and they took me to see Charleston. Although I'd never been there before, it was like going home. What an absolutely beautiful city. So much history! I hope to return many times.

Mike FarrellNo Gravatar says:
September 22nd, 2014 at 10:39 am

Just this past weekend, we spent several (about 4) hours with my adult son and daughter at the Battery. We almost didn’t go, in lieu of seeing Patriots Point. We made the decision to go to the Battery, and we are so glad we did. This is an absolutely beautiful park, the trees and canopy is incredible. Every road we walked down we found stunning architectural features on these majestic homes. Simply said, don’t miss it. We’ll get to Patriots Point on our next visit.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
December 2nd, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Lynn, we would love that! Thank you so much. You can add it here:

Lynn MintzerNo Gravatar says:
November 30th, 2013 at 11:03 am

I have a great photo of the battery, when the cannons were still in their original places against the seawall. Would you like to have it for your website?

Gerald PrestonNo Gravatar says:
March 28th, 2012 at 9:04 am

From 1964-1965 I was stationed at the shipyard while our submarine was being overhauled. I remember this areas with fond memories. It was a great time in my life and I will always remember it. My wife and I moved to Florida eight years ago from New Hampshire — I hope we can visit Charleston again soon.


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