Lanes and Alleys


In keeping with yesterday’s theme of the different kind of roads in Charleston, I would like to introduce you to a couple more.

The first one is Called Ropemaker’s Lane. You enter this one from Meeting Street. It is South of Broad and just North of Tradd Street.

I love that its name has the word rope in it. My imagination runs wild with the possibility that the rope makers from back in the day had their shops on this Lane.

Imagine old Charleston. The old, old Charleston that had a city wall around it and on this particular stretch of dirt were the men who made the ropes for this thriving port city.

Of course, nowadays this area of Charleston is largely residential and this Lane is no different.

I think of a gingerbread house for some reason.

Charleston is known for the many great colors the houses showcase. I like this one though because it is not painted. Rustic and hidden down a Lane where most don’t go it is surrounded by a wall and the plants of the South.

Once you take a tour down and back on Ropemaker’s Lane, it is a deadened, you come return to Meeting Street and you will find a thriving example of one of those plants of the South. The fence in front of this house is draped and overflowing with Wisteria. It smells heavenly!

Moving down Meeting Street and past Tradd Street you will come to Price’s Alley. On this stretch of pavement you can walk through to King Street.

As you can see there is no shortage of greenery down this Alley either.

Or beautiful homes for the matter.

One of my favorite things along this alley though is this gate. I love the relief. I feel like you could step through it into another world. Anyone ever read that book The Secret Garden? I read it more than once when I was a kid.

Stop by tomorrow and I will show you a couple more of the less traveled streets South of Broad in downtown Charleston.


About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

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