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.
<b>Alone On The Battery</b><br> Sabina Elliott Wells, 1876-1943<br> A lone figure poses for Sabina Wells on the seawall along East Battery, documenting a very rare Charleston snow drift. 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.
<b>A White Battery</b><br> Leila Waring, 1876-1964<br> Lined with some of Charleston’s finest homes, the snow covered street of East Battery made a pretty picture after the storm. 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.
<b>A Walk In The Snow</b><br> Leila Waring, 1876-1964<br> 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. 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.