A July 7 letter stated that “what has happened to Charles Towne Landing is shameful.” That statement is mystifying and wrong, and it is compounded with other assertions that are just as mystifying, misleading and incorrect.
Hurricane Hugo bludgeoned the landing, but under the leadership of then-Sen. Glenn McConnell, state funds provided for a brilliant renaissance. The animal forest was restored, a new visitors center was built, containing vivid exhibits that deal with the development of the culture that led to the establishment of the first settlement of Charles Towne in 1680, and the subsequent founding of Charleston on the peninsula.
Founders Hall is a model of a “green” building, and has become one of the area’s most popular venues for conferences and public meetings.
The packet ship Adventure, moored at Old Towne Creek, is a sparkling example of the supply ships that plied the coastal waters in the 18th century.
Park pathways pass archeological sites, marshes, freshwater ponds, a sparkling fountain and majestic oaks and gardens cared for by park employees and over 75 volunteers.
In addition, the non-profit Friends of Charles Towne Landing, sponsors events like the Race the Landing series.
For the past two summers it has attracted more than 200 adults and children in a 5K walk and run that culminates in a theme-based supper and prizes for the top finishers in all age groups.
The final race for this summer will be today. Through these and other fund-raising activities, like the family picnic on July 3, the Friends have raised more than $10,000 over the past two years to support the park’s activities.
If you haven’t visited this oasis of history and beauty within the special realm of the City of Charleston and the Lowcountry you are missing one of our jewels.
And, as William Faulkner said, “The past is never dead, it’s not even past.”
President, Board of Directors
Friends of Charles Towne Landing