Colonial Lake

 (Kathryn Wagner)

Colonial lake is a wonderful part of Charleston’s city park system. A favorite of runners and fishermen alike, the area has long been a fixture in the Holy City:

“For many years the lake was known as the Rutledge Street Pond. It acquired the name, Colonial Lake, in 1881, in honor of the “Colonial Commons” established in 1768. Some residents still call it “The Pond.”The park around the lake was developed in 1882-87. Fountains were placed in the lake in 1973, not for decorative purposes, but to aerate the water and prevent fish kills on hot summer days.”Gala Week” used to be held in the fall of the year, with a fireworks display on the west side of the Pond, which was then an undeveloped area. Spectators filled to park and crowded onto boats in the lake.” – Charleston County Public Library site

“There was also Colonial Lake where young lovers could once court in rowboats and little boys in white sailor suits could float their boats in competitions reminiscent of Renoir paintings.” – Remembering old Charleston: a peek behind parlor doors. By Margaret Middleton Rivers Eastman

Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher now part of the Library of Congress. (Public Domain)

Colonial Lake, between 1900 and 1910.  Published by The Detroit Publishing company, now in the public domain as part of The Library of Congress. Photographer unknown.