The Town of James Island has moved into their new town hall building on Dills Bluff. Earlier in the year they were accepting photo submissions to decorate their new space. Although I’ve lived on James Island for 14 years, I don’t have that many photos on the island. After scouring my hard drives I found some of Pinckney Park and some of the Marshlands House on the SC-DNR (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources) property at the end of Fort Johnson Rd where I used to work. You could only submit one image so I entered the one of the Marshlands House, and it was accepted.
The Marshlands House serves as the educational headquarters at SC-DNR. It is a beautiful Federal-era mansion built around 1810 by planter Edward Ball. It was originally built near rice impoundments on what is now the old Charleston Naval Base and Shipyard where it used as officer’s quarters. In 1961 the Navy planned to tear it down, but in the end it was floated down the Cooper River to its new home at Fort Johnson.
I’m so glad this photo of the Marshlands House will be displayed at James Island Town Hall for years to come!
Here are some photos from the Grand Opening:
It was great to see my friend (and wildlife photographer!) Keith McCullough and his bluegrass band playing some tunes and to see yummy cupcakes by my favorite bakeshop, The Cake Stand! It was a great event – congrats to the town!
Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.