More Alleys and Lanes


Yesterday I showed you Ropemaker’s Lane and Prices Alley. To your left is a wall that runs along a portion of Prices Alley. On the other side of that wall is the Nathaniel Russell House.

This House was on my Bucket List. I say was because last Summer I got to go to it when friends from Washington D.C. were in town. Yes, I got to see that great spiral staircase it boasts. It is a must see!

Anyway, back to the Alleys and Lanes. If you follow that wall down to the end of the street, you will come out on Meeting Street. Once there, take a left and head towards Broad Street. Right before you get to Broad, on the right hand side of the street is St. Michael’s Alley. This Alley will connect you to Church Street.

As you can guess by its name, it runs along the backside of St Michael’s Church. This particular alley probably gets more foot and car traffic than other side streets.

As you can see, walls were popular back in the day.

Now, there are not a lot of houses on this street but most notable to me is this little building . . .

It looks like it was a guard house in its former life.

Once you come out on Church Street, take a right and walk down a block or two. On your left hand side will be Longitude Lane. It connects to East Bay Street.

I don’t know of any other streets in Charleston that have this feature. These slabs of stone run the length of the Lane. When most roads were dirt during the days horse-drawn carriages, it must have been nice to have flat stones paving your carriage’s way over the pot holes.

This Lane also has a very different home, architecturally speaking, in comparison to the traditional homes in the area. The color is all Charleston though.

Towards the end of the Lane it narrows significantly. The houses seem barely twenty feet apart but this is the Holy City so nothing but charm greets you in this small area.

Oh, and of course some vibrant planter boxes!

Have a good evening everyone.


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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