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White Point Gardens

Learn about pirates and examine the cannons and military memorials in an enchanting riverside park with fortifications that once defended the city.

White Point Garden is a pretty park with a fascinating history as the site of a former defensive seawall and public bathing house. Inspect the various relics dotted around the park that reveal the region’s military past.

This public park has quiet grounds shaded by old oak trees. Enjoy the scenic views of the water at the confluence of the Ashley River and the Cooper River. Snap photos of the Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter from Oyster Point. The fort was the site of the first shots of the American Civil War on April 12, 1861.

The Confederate Defenders of Charleston statue stands beside the seawall. Inspect the figure of a naked youth holding a sword and shield in symbolic defense of Fort Sumter and Charleston, while his strong wife supports him. Other highlights include a marker to the gentleman pirate Stede Bonnet, an 18th-century buccaneer hanged along with his crew and a monument to William Moultrie, who defended Fort Sullivan during the Revolutionary War.

Look closely at old cannons adorning the park’s flanks and read plaques marking other statues to learn about the effect of the American Civil War on the area. Embark on a ghost tour of the garden to learn about its ghoulish past. 

Enjoy the breeze across the water on a hot summer afternoon. Stay for sunset and watch the sky darken over the harbor. Stroll along the northern side of the park to see elegant villas, including the William Washington House and the Robert William Roper House. Relax with a book on one of the benches in this serene spot. 

The park was first opened in 1837, before being used as a defensive fortification during the Civil War. Enter for free. It is open to the public at all times.  

White Point Garden is on the southern point of the headland in Charleston’s historic district. Walk south from Charleston City Hall for 10 minutes to get here. You can also drive and park your car along the street. See nearby attractions, including the Tucker-Ladson House, the Calhoun Mansion and the Edmondston-Alston House.

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When preparing for your day out, you might want to consider purchasing a Small-Group Beautiful Charleston Walking Tour or a Chucktown Daytime Walking Tours.

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