The South Carolina Lowcountry is draped in Spanish moss, just like the rest of the coastal old south. Sights of Spanish moss evoke childhood memories of spooky nights telling ghost stories with the cousins. My grandfather’s watermelon farm was located just outside Charleston. We would congregate there every summer and spend our days running along fire breaks, playing in the barn and sleeping on the porch.
A drive through America’s old south will lead you to encounter a tradition kept alive through our Gullah friends. Bottle trees are placed in the yards of many a southerner, but their roots date back deeply into African culture.
In the early 1800s rice and cotton plantation owners from the lower parts of the Lowcountry built summer houses on the high bluff overlooking the May River. This area is now called Bluffton. Away from the heat, mosquitoes and malaria, their families enjoyed the gentle breezes and the abundant seafood found in the river.
Jasper County’s Savannah National Wildlife Refuge consists of 31,551 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks, and bottom land hardwoods. Well-maintained trails wind throughout the refuge, giving hikers and bikers access to these former rice fields. Explore the nearly 40 miles of trails that are built on dikes that contained rice fields dating back to the early 1700’s.
Spring is coming quickly in the SC Lowcountry. The days are getting longer and our temperatures are growing warmer. The Easter Bunny will be making his annual trip through our neck of the woods soon. Here’s a list of some of his stops along the way.
The 33rd Annual All Saints Garden Tour on Saturday, May 16, 2020, has something for everyone. Gardens of various sizes; located on the water or in wooded areas; prepared by professional landscapers while others were lovingly created by the owners; newly created or nurtured for many years; and stunning views! This self-guided tour includes six distinctive gardens, all of which are new to the Tour, located in six different gated Plantations on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton.
It’s time again for A Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair. This event will showcase 500 years of Beaufort County living history on the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum. Saturday, March 28th will be packed with interesting exhibits, horses, food and artisan booths.
The much-anticipated Walterboro Wildlife Center opened recently to much excitement. The center is in the heart of downtown Walterboro.
The Walterboro Wildlife Center is an interpretive exhibit hall showcasing the plant and animal life that is present in the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary and throughout the Lowcountry.
Hunting Island State Park is the most popular park in the state. Over one million visitors visit each year. The Lowcountry barrier island contains five miles of beautiful beaches, a saltwater lagoon along with 5,000 acres of maritime forest and marsh.
Hampton County is teaming with history. Luckily, much of it has been preserved in the architecture that can be seen throughout the county.