Make It a Noisette Community Day

With the “be a tourist in your own town movement” going on in the Charleston area right now (which is an awesome idea),  I wanted to share some ideas for being a tourist at Noisette.  Maybe you live, work or play in the Noisette Community.  Maybe you are visiting the area and are curious.  Maybe you live in the Noisette Community and have friends or relatives visiting you and are looking for some things to do.  May I suggest you make it a Noisette Community tour?

I’ve had the pleasure of touring hundreds of people thru Noisette over the past year.  Groups have ranged from international conferences to my own relatives and friends.  There’s a lot to be proud of and depending on your interest and regardless of time of day (or night), Noisette has you covered.

That being said, a couple of months ago, a group of residents from the Del Webb (DW) at Cane Bay community in Summerville, SC took a day trip to explore North Charleston and some spots in the Noisette Community.  We enjoyed having them hang out with us.  Below is a report written by one of the residents.  I’d be happy to suggest some ideas for you as well.  Just send me an email at greid@noisettesc.com and I’ll be happy to assist.

From Cane Bay Resident:

“On September 7th, 26 members of DW Charleston toured the Charleston Navy Yard led by our Wentworth Lifestyle Director.  This area is rich with history, but also is full of promise for the future.  Here are some of the things we saw and enjoyed.

Our first stop was the Warren Lasch Conservation Center located well within the confines of the old Navy Base which houses the H. L. Hunley.  As most of you know, the Hunley was lost after she sank the USS Housatonic, a Federal sloop-of-war, just outside Charleston harbor in 1864.  Soon after sinking the Housatonic, the Hunley itself sank and the crew perished.  The Hunley was found by Cleve Cussler in 1995 and eventually brought to the surface in 2000.  Moved to the Conservation Center and kept in a tank of chilled fresh water, the Hunley is being excavated and studied for what it can tell us about this sad chapter of our nation’s history.

Unfortunately, little can be discerned about the Hunley as you gaze down into the tank; however, our guide provided ample information on the development and construction of the Hunley as well as details on its fateful sailing.  The Conservation Center also houses a number of artifacts from the Hunley as well as other historic items and several mockups of the boat that were used either for a National Geographic TV special or in a made-for-TV movie.  Regardless of their feelings concerning the Civil War, all present were awed by the sense of dedication by the crew members by volunteering to sail on a boat that had already sunk and killed two earlier crews.

From the Hunley, we began a bus tour of the historic Charleston Navy Yard now being redeveloped and revitalized sustainably as The Navy Yard at Noisette.  Begun in 1901, the Yard—later to become the Charleston Navy Base—played a large role in our nation’s defense until it closed in 1996.  The relatively sudden loss of nearly 20,000 military and civilian jobs staggered North Charleston and its recovery over time has been slow, but today the Base is evolving into a desirable place for industry and small businesses to relocate.  It also is becoming a destination of sightseeing, recreation and even as a place to live.  During the tour, we saw various historical buildings to include the Power House and the old hospital complex.  We also saw several of the former military housing units now being used as background for the TV program, “Army Wives.”

The final stop on the tour was Riverfront Park with its memorial “Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial”  to those who had served on the Base and panoramic views of the Cooper River as it flows under the Don Holt Bridge and then past the Detyens Shipyard towards Charleston Harbor.  Of note, a new restaurant, Runaway Bay, is scheduled to open soon in one of the restored homes along the waterfront offering Jamaican and Caribbean cuisine.

Lunch was at Cork Neighborhood Bistro located at 1067 East Montague Avenue in Park Circle, just outside the confines of the Navy Base.  While the food was good, the camaraderie was even better as a fellow neighbor entertained his fellow diners with hilarious tales of his misspent youth.

Following lunch, we made one last stop at Coast Brewery, a craft brewery located in a small building just inside the Navy Yard at Noisette.  Coast is one of two breweries in the Charleston area and by far the smallest.  Opened in 2007, Coast is family-owned and operated where even the children of the owners assist in putting labels on the beer bottles.  Jamie, part-owner (along with her husband, David) described the brewing process and offered samples of three of their beers:  “32/50 Kolsch,” an ale that was dry with a pleasant hop finish; “HopArt,” an India Pale Ale with a 7.7% alcohol content; and an “Event Horizon” beer that is only brewed seasonally.

Following our filling lunch, the beer in the warm brewery cast an almost hypnotic spell over the travelers as they departed for home altogether satisfied with their tour of the brewery and the other interesting locations they had seen.”

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