We went to Charleston, S.C. this past week and the beautiful iron gates caught my fancy. There's decorative ironwork everywhere! Here are a few of my faves…enjoy! Each entry gate is unique to the original family who commissioned the work of art which doubled as a safety feature. In the Battery, the Charleston homes are right at the street, so these gates would keep things inside which needed to remain inside and those things outside which should remain outside. As I wandered throughout town one warm, sunny afternoon, I noticed the bigger homes–homes to the early American wealthy elite–had gates for their driveways. Since real estate's at a premium in this town, to even HAVE a drive is a sure sign of status and wealth. Gate to a private home in the Battery. Entrance to a church yard. Entrance to St. Phillip's Church Cemetary, where two Declaration of Independence signers are buried. A private residence on Meeting Street–“THE” place to live…. Not sure why the top washed out, but I thought the effect was cool. Home on Meeting Street. Another Meeting Street residence. My favorite. Apologies for lack of centering, but I wanted to catch the shutters to the right–another cool fave of mine. If you ever go to C'ton, wander down some of the city's many alley ways where you'll find all sorts of interesting treasures–here is a passageway gate. If you look closely, you may see the gate at the rear of the shot, beyond the wooden gate, is identical. A gate on Stoller's Alley. an inside-looking-to-State Street shot. This is taken from the courtyard of our B and B. Gate to St. Michael's Churchyard. Gate in another alley–this alley paralleled State Street and I cannot remember the name, however, the very generous People of Philadelphia, PA contributed to restoration of the cobblestone walkways and brick walls of the alley which was named after a son of Philly. Said son apparently allowed the buildings he owned along the walkway to become less-than-wonderful back in the day (the day being the 18th C). Gate to the Old Slave Market Museum. We didn't go in. Located on Queen Street.