If you are missing one of your favorite Lowcountry beaches, Hunting Island State Park reopens today. After being closed for a month, they will open with some limitations for the protection of both staff and visitors.
Standing sentinel in the isolated woods of Colleton County, Pon Pon Chapel of Ease was once the center of a bustling thoroughfare. Located on what was once a busy stagecoach road, the ruins of this beautiful chapel are all that remains in the area. During the early days of American history, Parker’s Ferry Road connected Charleston and Savannah. President George Washington used this road during his 1791 Spring Tour. Rumor has it he even stopped to worship at the chapel.
If you are eagerly anticipating the reopening of Lowcountry state, parks, your wish will be granted on May 1st! There will be some changes and adjustments to familiarize yourself with before you head out.
Crystal Lake Park can be found just across the bridge from Beaufort, on Lady’s Island. This 25-acre park winds through forested habitats, salt marsh and around Crystal Lake. Boardwalk leads over saltwater wetlands, to the beautiful 7-acre crystal lake.
Exploring SC Lowcountry Parks is a great way to get outdoors! During these stressful times, it is important for us to maintain our connection with nature. While we’re all social distancing and staying home, it’s a good idea to get outdoors and soak up sunshine and fresh air. If we take precautions and listen to the guidelines put in place by our leaders, exploring a park is just what the doctor ordered! Colleton, Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper Counties have a multitude of outdoor possibilities to connect with nature.
A drive down Hampton’s Lee Avenue brings you to the sight of an architectural treasure. The Palmetto Theater has proudly stool on this spot since 1946. This post-war building was once a social center in the Hampton community. The front features a prominent, ornate marquee with stylized neon lettering and geometric patterns. The theater was designed with a stage which was used for live performances. At full capacity, the theater can seat 450 on the main floor and balcony.
The historic district is a mix of Federal, Neoclassical, Greek Revival and Victorian styles. The city is also known for its widespread use of tabby construction, using oyster shells, sand, lime and ash to make an early form of concrete.
The Cypress Wetlands Rookery is located off Paris Avenue in Port Royal. This beautiful section of coastal wetlands is surrounded by a 0.6-mile paved trail loop that is wheelchair accessible. Birds that call the wetlands home include snowy egrets, great blue herons, hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, geese, ducks and other migratory shorebirds.
Beaufort, SC is a city rich in history and culture. Most of the homes located in the historic district pre-date the Civil War, thanks in part to the fact that its citizens fled the city before Union troops made their way into town. The city fell early during the war, surrendering on November 7, 1861. Beaufort became the headquarters of the US Army, Department of the South. Most homes were converted into hospitals, offices and officer’s quarters. One home was even re-purposed as a bakery.
Historic Walterboro’s Bedon-Lucas House was built for Richard Bedon in 1820 by New York architect NY Perry. Mr. Bedon was able to spend the next 20 years using this beautiful downtown home as a summer residence. During Mr. Bedon’s time, he donated the land directly in front of the house for a public park. The Library Society moved their “Little Library” there.