December 1, 2016 - April 2, 2017 Location: Lowcountry Image Gallery
The photographs you see in Snow Days in Charleston feature images from the “Great Blizzard of 1899.” For two weeks in February, a massive snow storm swept across the United States. Also referred to as the “Great Arctic Outbreak of 1899,” this storm of snow and ice brought bone-chilling cold from the Arctic that lasted from February 6 - 14. With an estimated one hundred lives lost nationwide, the blizzard also destroyed countless crops and livestock across the country. Charleston experienced a mixture of snow and sleet February 11 - 12 with reported temperatures of 7°F and four inches of snow. Undaunted by the weather, amateur photographers Robert Achurch, Franklin Frost Sams, Leila Waring and Sabina Elliott Wells, trudged through the drifts with their heavy cameras to capture this extraordinary snowfall on the peninsula.
Alone On The Battery Sabina Elliott Wells, 1876-1943 A lone figure poses for Sabina Wells on the seawall along East Battery, documenting a very rare Charleston snow drift.
A White Battery Leila Waring, 1876-1964 Lined with some of Charleston’s finest homes, the snow covered street of East Battery made a pretty picture after the storm.
A Walk In The Snow Leila Waring, 1876-1964 Four inches of snow and 7°F temperature is an unusual event in Charleston but a perfect excuse for ladies to take a leisurely stroll in fur coats and muffs.
In the Museum’s Armory, see excellent examples of historic weaponry, dating from 1750 to the twentieth century, with uses that ranged from military to more personal applications such as hunting and dueling.
In the Lowcountry History Hall, see materials relating to the Native Americans who first inhabited the Lowcountry and the African American and European settlers who transformed the region into an agricultural empire.
In the Natural History gallery you will see an extraordinary array of birds, reptiles and mammals that have called the South Carolina Lowcountry home since prehistory, including contributions from noted naturalists.