“Carriage Ride,” by Roger Dale Brown, captures the quaint and charming nature of touring a city by carriage.
All year round carriage tours roll around Charleston, irritating some and charming others. Carriages leave from their home base on Anson Street off of Market Street. Head down there on a hot day, and you will smell the horses before you see them. It’s funny to think that smell must have pervaded the entirety of downtown—almost all of the grand homes in Charleston had a carriage house on the property and horses would have trekked up and down the city streets. That smell is a reminder of a bygone time… which may be the actual draw of a carriage ride whether passengers realize it or not.
A little insider tip: If you are looking for parking off Market Street, try Anson Street. For some reason, there are almost always spaces available… perhaps people don’t enjoy the smell of horses as much as I do.
When I came to Charleston, I saw it as a rite of passage: you kind of have to do a carriage tour—it’s the thing to do. What I was surprised to discover is that the tours themselves are actually very informative and fun. I still remember all of the great little factoids I learned about Charleston while on the tour and I look forward to family visiting so I can do it again.
It is highly unlikely you will ever get the same route no matter how many times you do the tour. Routes are distributed on a lottery system so as not to cause too much congestion. But, it seems, no matter where you are—whether a main street or a residential road—there is a rich history to every square inch of the city, which is one of the most wonderful aspects of life here in Charleston.
“Carriage Ride” by Roger Dale Brown is on display at M Gallery of Fine Art. You can view this painting online at http://www.mgalleryoffineart.com/searchresults.php?artistId=11653#. For inquiries regarding this painting, email Carlen Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843.727.4500.