Edisto Beach Hieroglyphs Decoding Their Secrets
The Little Shrimp Boat That Could
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Native American Exhibit
Edisto Museumâ€™s Newest Addition
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July 17th - 20th
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Change is the Only Constant Welcome to the ninth issue of EXPLORE Edisto magazine! We were
thankful for a relatively quiet hurricane season this past year and an even
calmer winter (no snow!). At the time of writing this, the baby leaves on the
trees are emerging, and yellow pollen is dusting every surface. Edisto is in
EXPLORE Edisto also bloomed this year as we welcomed long-time
contributor Ashby Gale of Charleston Fossil Adventures and Ansley Rowe of Atwood Vacations to the Explore family.
Ashby Gale is a man of many talents and has long wowed us with his
photography skills — which you can see on this issue’s cover. Ashby’s writing
talent can also be seen in the Seashell Identification article on page 15 . A must read for any shell enthusiast.
Ansley Rowe joined us as well and focuses on sales and marketing. She’s
been a wizard at helping me with project management — this lady loves a good spreadsheet — and has brought so much laughter to the office.
In place of our annual adventure, this issue showcases how visitors to our
beautiful island can Explore Edisto on their own. While Edisto may not be
the first place that comes to mind for hiking, it does have miles of trails to traverse in the state park and Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area. So pick a trail and go Exploring!
I sincerely hope you enjoy this issue of EXPLORE Edisto magazine.
Editor in Chief
2019 EXPLORE PHOTO CONTEST WINNER Monica Claypool (pg. 4) Do you have a great shot of our
favorite island or an amazing photo
of your pet? If so, follow us on social media and check out our website
(exploreedisto.com) for information
about next year's photo contest. Top pick will be featured in our 20202021 issue!
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Welcome to Edisto – Beach Rules Hieroglyphs on Edisto Beach Miss Ellen Hiking Edisto Edisto Beach Map Native American Exhibit The Portrait Gallery of Emily Grace Dying on Edisto – Book Excerpt She Crab Soup Recipe
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Caroline Matheny CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Gretchen Smith C. Hope Clark Ashby Gale Julie Gyselinck Sharon Bagwell
business spotlights Botany Bay Ecotours Edisto Palmetto Charters Edisto Seafood & Fontaine Charters King’s Market The Marina at Edisto Beach & Pressley’s McConkey’s Jungle Shack The Sea Cow The Waterfront Restaurant Whaley’s Coots
Ashby Gale Caroline Matheny Julie Gyselinck SPECIAL THANKS TO
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isher Walter began building homes with his father on Edisto in 1985. Since then, Walter Construction Company has become one of the premier custom home builders in the area. Fisher remains true to his low country upbringing with his dedication to not only the customer, but also to the craftsmanship seen in every home he puts his stamp on. From a small creek side bungalow to a larger beachfront home, Fisher is able to draw upon his years of experience to efficiently guide his clients throughout the entire home building process. Fisher and his team of craftsmen strive to ensure the end result is not only a quality built house, but the realization of their client’s vision with a truly custom built home to be enjoyed for years to come. If you’re looking to build your dream home or renovate your existing home, let Fisher Walter and the team at Walter Construction Company create it for you.
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Welcome to Edisto! Thank you for visiting our beautiful island. We know how much the serenity of Edisto
Beach means to the families who come here year after year and for our first-time visitors
alike. Edisto strives to care for and maintain our beaches as well as keep our residents and visitors safe. Please make sure to familiarize yourself
with our beach rules, as they may be different than what you expect.
Also note that the rules for golf carts have
changed for Edisto Beach. If you are not familiar
with the new rules, please visit the townâ€™s
website for a full understanding of the laws at townofedistobeach.com.
Enjoy your stay!
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Edisto Beach prohibits the following on the beach: Glass containers Open fires Littering Motorized vehicles Motorized water craft Remember, there are NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY. Please swim with a buddy and never while intoxicated.
Sailboats on sand dunes or grassy areas of dunes Parking on sand dunes
Dogs off leash May 1 thru Oct. 31 and owners must clean up pet excrement Leaving holes on beach larger than 12 inches Disturbing or hanging items on sand fencing Disturbing, damaging, trampling or removing vegetation that stabilizes dunes
outdoors | Edisto Island Botany Bay Ecotours
Providing Education, Excitement, and Entertainment
otany Bay Ecotours has
long been a favorite ecotour
for visitors on Edisto. Every
Botany Bay Ecotours is offering
one of their wide range of tours
new programs this season, such as
Education, Excitement, and Enter-
oped Otter Island and Crab College,
covers the three E’s of ecotourism: tainment!
Come aboard and tour the Low-
country waterways on an exciting Dolphin Tour. Learn about the
local bottlenose dolphins, their lives around Edisto, and their impact
on the ecosystem. Your captain can interpret the dolphin
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behaviors seen on
these tours, whether
the pod is teaching a
calf to hunt or neigh-
boring pods are socializing. Watch them leap into the air and glide
through the water on this exciting
and educational trip through the
island exploration tours to undevelwhere you will learn about the life, history, and anatomy of our local
blue crabs and how to catch them on a hand line.
If cruising the river with the
beautiful sunset on the horizon and a beverage in your hand is your idea of a great time on the water, make sure
to book the Sunset Tour. Bring your own beverages and snacks, and sit
back and relax while your guide takes you through the ACE Basin and
Edisto waterways. A pink-and-gold sunset will be a fabulous backdrop. Botany Bay Ecotours not only
offers amazing experiences, but their guides are pretty neat as well. All
certified captains, they enjoy operating the boats, and they also have a
passion for ecology and education. The tour captains at Botany Bay
Ecotours — a retired educator, a
current biology student, and a retired biologist with the DNR — have
a true passion for the ACE Basin,
Edisto, and the surrounding ecology. They spend their time learning and volunteering throughout the Lowcountry on projects benefiting the red drum fish, nesting shorebirds,
loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, and so much more. They truly are handson with Edisto’s ecology. If you are
looking for an experience you won’t forget, make Botany Bay Ecotours part of your next Edisto vacation.
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outdoors | Edisto Island Edisto Palmetto Charters & Captain Buddy B.
Working for the Lord One Charter at a Time
aptain Buddy B. is a man
raised funds to build four Baptist
him. One of his biggest joys is
Lord and share Jesus, in
friendship with someone he met on
before catch their first fish on his
on a mission to serve the
Africa and on the boat, by giving his testimony every single day to
lost souls. Captain Buddy’s slogan
is: “Being on the water is a blessing;
churches in Kenya through his close the 2015 mission, Dr. Ron Rowe,
founder of Uttermost Ministries in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Norway Baptist Church is in
catching fish is a bonus!”
Endebess, and the Bethany Baptist
ters in January 2014, after achieving
17.7 kilometers apart. These towns
He started Edisto Palmetto Char-
his vision of becoming a captain. Edisto Island, SC 803.603.2781
His second vision was
to become a missionary in Africa. He accom-
plished this in Septem-
ber of 2015 when he completed a
successful medical mission trip to
Kenya with the First Baptist Church of Swansea, South Carolina.
Captain Buddy returned to Af-
Church is in Saboti, approximately are located in the county of Trans-
Nzoia, at the base of Mount Elgon,
on the border of Kenya and Uganda. The churches are complete and will
fishing Edisto Island and years of documenting fishing habits and
migrations. Each fishing trip will be guided according to the wind, water temperature, water clarity, the season, and moon phase. You are sure
to learn as much as you want about
fishing while on a trip with Captain Buddy B.
Fishing charters or sightseeing
tours on Edisto Island depart from
ing donations of used prescription
Landing aboard the helm of a 21-
year Captain Buddy is also collectglasses and readers to take on the 2019 Africa Mission Trip.
In addition to his mission work,
Captain Buddy B. is a devoted
care, and food, while he shared the
sharing his love of fishing and the
love of Jesus. Captain Buddy B. also
boat. He has a lifetime of experience
be dedicated in June of 2019. This
rica in 2017. He helped over 3,000 people receive medicine, medical
having kids who have never fished
family man who is passionate about great outdoors with those around
Dawhoo Landing or Steamboat
foot Sea Hunt boat, the Edisto Palmetto. By utilizing these landings, Captain Buddy is able to navigate
the waters of both the North Edisto River and South Edisto River as
they flow around the island into the Atlantic Ocean. If you have been
thinking about chartering a fishing trip or a sightseeing tour while on Edisto, make sure to give Captain Buddy B. a call. His kid-friendly family charters make taking the
little ones out for the first time a special treat.
For more information on Captain Buddy B. and his Edisto Pal-
metto Charters, like his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CaptBuddyB.
If you would like to donate glasses or
funds, please send to: Captain Buddy Bizzell, 6809 Savannah Highway Neeses, SC 29107
charters, llc "Being on the water is a blessing; catching fish is a bonus!â€? -Captain Buddy Bizzell
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outdoors | Edisto Beach Edisto Seafood and Fontaine Charters
As Fresh as Fresh Can Be
perfectly weathered and
business. It was his years at College
drawl and mannerisms tend to mirror
from a light pole, its once
the call of Edisto was undeniable and
about themselves, they were more
hand-painted sign dangles
bright colors announcing their local
phone number and company name.
Whimsically painted crustaceans and sea life point the way to the bright
of Charleston that made him realize
that his career path had been laid years before. Clean and crisp, from the small front retail store to the large back
room and stretching docks, it is clear
the Fontaines operate a tight ship.
Unlike most seafood
distributors and retailers,
Edisto Seafood is stocked
primarily with local seafood. Outside of the occasional
Alaskan snow crab legs and
North Atlantic sea scallops, all seafood sold here comes
from no farther than Beaufort, just 45 minutes south. With
help from Jimmy and Barry, Ashley harvests all of the
directly from the bountiful waters of
the Fontaine family arrived on Edisto
Over the course of a year they will sell
Fontaine Charters. Started shortly after in the late 1940s, this family-owned-
and-operated staple is continued today
by Ashley Fontaine. Taking the helm of Edisto Seafood at the age of 23, Ashley and wife, Mary Evelyn, now operate Edisto Seafood with the help of his
brother Barry Fontaine and longtime
friend Jimmy Skinner, who
3729 Docksite Rd.
Edisto Beach, SC 843.869.3446
also takes the helm of the
Marsh Hen for Fontaine’s
Fishing Charters. Growing up on the docks and
working side by side with his family, Ashley always enjoyed the family
oysters, blue crab and clams
white interior of Edisto Seafood and
Edisto to sell to delighted customers. over 100,000 pounds of local shrimp
caught primarily by Capt. Bill Smoak of the Sara Jane, Edisto’s last shrimp
boat. Conveying that massive amount of seafood to the public as well as
commercially, with just a handful of
employees, seems like an exhausting
task, but the quiet joy of working side by side with their closest friends and
family is apparent to those who walk through the door. All are welcomed
and treated with cheerful salutations.
Ashley and Jimmy have known each
other for so long that their Lowcountry
each other. Humble when talking
than happy to relay the other’s talents and strengths and speak highly of what each brings to the business.
Jimmy Skinner joined the family at Edisto Seafood at the age of 14 as
an “Assistant Crabber,” according to
Ashley (Confirmation of the title was not available, but sources indicate this to be true). A few years later while
both Ashley and Jimmy were working toward their captain’s license, Ashley’s dad salvaged a boat. The year of the
boat’s completion, Ashley received his captain’s license, and he and Jimmy were granted the newly christened
Marsh Hen. Fontaine Charters was born. Jimmy Skinner now captains the charter fishing boat and enjoys
creating a trip to fit each client’s needs. Getting to know his clients over the
phone or through email allows Jimmy
to plan the best trip and get them “lots of action.” Offering inshore as well
as limited offshore fishing, Captain
Skinner’s reputation as one of the best on the island is well deserved. From beginners to seasoned fishermen,
anyone who boards the Marsh Hen is sure to come back with plentiful
fish and a fish (or manta ray) tale or two. Edisto Seafood and Fontaine
Charters—come see what makes them so fundamentally Edisto. Be warned, however, time around this cheerful
group might make you rethink your day job.
Where the rivers meet the ocean, let your cares dr ift awayâ€Ś
Hieroglyphs on Edisto Beach Written and Photographed by Ashby Gale
Whelk in cross section
Hieroglyphs on Edisto Beach
Believe it or not, there are hieroglyphs hidden all
across Edisto Beach. Thousands, possibly millions, of
two foot long “120-story high rise” with around 35 of
unsuspectingly passing over these incredible works of
knobbed whelk female can lay on average 4000 eggs,
people walk along the quiet shores of Edisto every year, art. They’re not hidden at all. In fact, they’re hiding in
If you listen closely on the beach, you can hear the
his brothers and sisters on each story. Indeed! A single
twice a year in the fall and spring months. Seen as
common tide line artifacts, these egg cases are collected by eager beachcombers as “mermaid necklaces,” and
scritch-scritch-scritch of such ancient hieroglyphs
have a beautiful chain-like appearance. After 3-13
along the shoreline. If you look even closer, your eyes
whelks — no larger than a grain of rice — drill their
life on an otherwise “lifeless” tide line. What are these
only a single hole to indicate their exit (see images A
being etched slowly into the various detritus strewn
may catch a glimpse of these ancient traces. Signs of
strange glyphs you might ask? Trade that fedora and
bullwhip for a magnifying glass and you’ll begin to uncover the storied past, present, and future of the
mollusks and other crustaceans that call our quaint
island shores home.
LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE: SURE TO MAKE YOU TAKE YOUR TIME It’s a little pondered notion: what animals create
months, the eggs inside each case hatch, and the baby
way out of a weak spot in the capsules, leaving behind and B on page 17).
Once out of the egg case, life for baby BC is perilous,
and fraught with many predators and obstacles. For
now, we’ll focus on a successful life, from maturation to reproduction. Such a life can last comfortably for up to
18 years of age, and even longer if successful at avoiding hungry predators. Whelks primarily spend their lives in nearshore and estuarine waters, ranging offshore
up to 150 ft (45 m). Mature whelks can easily attain
all of these shells? To many, the answer comes easy.
lengths of 9 inches … a favored discovery by many a
as with all things in life, the answer is much more
If BC were able to tune into the news channels
“Oh, they’re from conchs and hermit crabs!” However, complicated and fascinating. Beachcombers find two
of our fellow Homo sapiens, he may chuckle at our
main types of mollusk shells on the beach: those from
debates and discussions on gender identity. That’s so,
Bivalves are made of two hard shells connected by an
many snail species — are hermaphrodites, changing
bivalves (clams), and those from gastropods (snails).
umbo (hinge) and one squishy body, while gastropods
only possess one hard shell on their squishy body,
which serves as their foot.
because he is now a she! Knobbed whelks — in fact,
reproductive strategies based on the percentage of
males and females in the local population. Numerous snail species, both terrestrial and marine, can gauge
To start this journey, we’ll track the growth cycle
hormone levels in the surrounding area and assist in
Busycon carica, whom we’ll affectionately dub “BC.”
species. (Knobbed whelks were recently analyzed to
for one of Edisto’s renowned knobbed whelk shells,
Contrary to popular belief, knobbed whelks are not
furthering the reproductive and genetic success of the exhibit slight pseudohermaphroditism, and are not true
conchs. Whelks are carnivorous snails that inhabit
hermaphrodites, but we’ll not get too technical here…).
and favor the warmer, tropical waters of the Florida
small shell, so does the shell. Snails and clams never
temperate waters, while true conchs are herbivorous Keys and Caribbean.
Life for BC begins inside the crowded confines of a
Meanwhile, as BC grows inside of his (or “her”)
leave their shell to find a larger one as hermit crabs
A. eggcase: The papery string of egg cases laid by the knobbed whelk, Busycon carica.
D. whelks - Knobbed whelk (left) displaying more prominent knobs than the lightning whelk at right.
B. eggcase - Exit holes left by hatchling knobbed whelk snails.
E. moonsnail - The Atlantic moon snail, Neverita duplicata.
C. whelks - The left-handed and righthanded lightning and knobbed whelks; left and right, respectively. Note the squishy foot and bony operculum of the live lightning whelk.
F. successful - A successful predation attempt by the Atlantic moon snail on an incongruous ark shell.
G. unsuccessful - Not every attempt is successful! This moon snail gave up or was eaten during the attempt to eat this ponderous ark. H. & I. sandcollar - Egg case of the Atlantic moon snail. Called a â€œsand collar,â€? these cases are made from sand glued together by a secretion from the snail. Note the hundreds of eggs laid on the underside of this large collar!
Hieroglyphs on Edisto Beach
do, but make their shells larger as they age
other clam — the whelk moves in for the
and grow. Shell growth is formed by the
kill. Securing the bivalve with its foot, the
mantle, an organ that covers the soft body of
whelk uses suction to slowly pull against
carbonate into a solid form. The mantle is
the edge of the shell. As soon as the clam
the whelk and processes dissolved calcium
the clam’s umbo, and work open a gap in
able to convert sea water and the bodies of
opens, the whelk quickly (for a snail) slides
bivalves the whelk eats into shell-building
the edge of his shell between the two of the
after layer of calcium carbonate to the edge
wider. What follows is best described as the
material. Bit by bit, the mantle adds layer
clam and twists, forcing the clam open even
of the whelk’s shell, spiraling around and
scene out of a classic James Bond film. A
growing ever larger for most of the snail’s
long, thin tube-like proboscis extends from
life. Thus, as the snail grows, so does its shell.
the whelk. At the end of the tube is a radula,
flap made of keratin as the walls and door of
into the clam. Once the entrapped clam
BC is able to use this hard shell, and a bony
equipped with 100,000 teeth, swirling deep
his home to protect himself and grow to a
turns into a pulpy mass, the whelk slurps up
ripe old age (see image C on page 17).
the remnants like a gas station slushie and
In the ideal fairy tale ocean world, BC
discards the now empty shell.
could live well past the age of 18, possibly
Yet, whelks are only one player in the
on to 45, eventually slipping away into a
watery arena. Enter the Atlantic moon snail.
gentle watery slumber, yielding the home
Also known as shark eyes, Neverita duplicata
occupant (see image D on page 17).
but their feeding strategy is much more
he worked so hard to build, to some future
are carnivorous snails similar to whelks,
precise and indiscriminate. The observant
THE BATTLEGROUNDS: ONLY ONE “SHELL” CLAIM VICTORY
beachcomber may note the presence of a singular hole on the raised portion of a
clam shell, often in perfect placement for a
We all desire a peaceful, conflict-free life,
seaside necklace. Such marks are indications
but it’s a snail eat snail world out there, and
of a moon snail’s handiwork. Moon snails
the time has come for BC to fight for his
utilize their toothy radulas and a secreted
life and fight others for theirs.
acid to target their prey in “sniper fashion”
Of all the feeding strategies in the
with one quick blow (see image E on page 17).
animal kingdom, BC has one of the most
The cunning moon snail must decide
terrifyingly unique. As a gastropod
between two strategies in hunting down its
(which translates to “stomach foot”),
whelks slide around the ground on
prey. 1) The snail can aim for the thinnest
parts of their body to hunt down
quickest drill time. However, the thinnest
part of the shell which would result in the
their slimy foot, and use various prey. Once a tasty morsel is in
their sights — usually
a mussel, oyster, or
Lettered Olive shell which is also the South Carolina state Seashell.
section of a clam shell is adjacent to the
valve edges where our sniper risks harm Continued on page 78.
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shopping | Edisto Island King’s Market
ing’s Farm Market is a
family-run farm consisting of a few hundred acres
on Edisto and Yonges Island. An
agriculture family for over 100 years, they have kept the art of produce and ranching as a legacy passed
produce, they also raise the highly
purchase at the market. With such a
fun and active market, situated
bred and hand-raised by Jamie and
to-table experience of your own is
down for many generations. Their on Highway 174, is
2559 Hwy 174
located directly on part
neatly cultivated fruits,
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of the farm. Rows of
vegetables, berries and a wide assortment of
flowers travel a very short distance to the market place and to consumers’ plates. In addition to growing the
sought after Grass-Fed Kings Beef, Rett King. The beef sold at the
market was born and raised just a
easy to do with King’s Market.
The market and farm are a busy
few miles away.
place; you’ll see family members like
broad range of produce harvested
working the register, and Rett or
The changing grow season and
by Jamie and Rett keep the market full almost year-round. They close for a very short time in January,
after all of the Christmas trees and beautiful handmade garland and
wreaths are gone. Spring, summer
and fall, visitors fill their baskets with homemade desserts, tomato pies,
dips and entrées ready to cook. The
best pimento cheese sandwiches on Edisto are tucked away in the top
cooler and go fast as lightning. The
whole atmosphere of King’s Market
is a delightful throwback to the early 1900s, with coolers full of old-timey sodas in the glass bottle and an
Bonnie, the matriarch of the family, Jamie moving in and between the fields and market. Late summer
brings you-pick blackberries and
offers visitors the chance to go out into the fields to get a little taste
of farm life. Pickers are provided with a bucket and pointed in
the direction of the berries. The
blackberries, like all the produce at
King’s Market, are grown with very little pest control; you can eat them right off the vine. Make sure not to
get too carried away picking—these briars are huge and your bucket will get filled to overflowing fast!
Stop by for a quick shopping trip
interesting collection of historic décor.
or bring the whole family to enjoy
and fresh butter are also available for
experience itself !
Local honey, eggs, artisan cheeses
wide variety available, having a farm-
a real farm. King’s Market is an
food & drink | Edisto Beach The Marina @ Edisto Beach and Pressley's at the Marina
You Can’t Beat This View
estled on the Big Bay
enjoy Pressley’s delicious fares at
end of Edisto Beach,
have over 40 years of experience on
Creek side of the south
Pressley’s at the Marina and the
Marina at Edisto Beach team up for
a hub of activities that promise to fill your days and nights on Edisto with
fun and lifetime memories. Plus, the views of the sunset are the best on the island. You’ll have spectacular
ing fishing-guide services with local
events. A family-owned business,
Pressley’s staff focuses on creating an outstanding customer experience.
Downstairs on the dock, the own-
Joey and Sharon Bagwell and Brad
small bites on the dock. Browse the
Marina store for souvenirs, T-shirts, and fishing and boating supplies
while your table is prepared upstairs
Bell, and the owners of Pressley’s,
and Maria Pressley, have teamed up
to create a tiki bar, The Thirsty Fish,
which offers libations to enjoy while you shop or just listen to music and stroll the docks.
The Bells have created a fun and
in the restaurant.
nautical atmosphere in the Marina,
selections, featuring traditional
which offers tackle and boating
You can expect delicious seafood
fried-and-broiled shrimp, oysters, flounder, clams, and scallops. You
can also sample a variety of Italian
specialties, such as chicken piccata,
shrimp scampi, or blackened chicken alfredo. In addition, Pressley’s
provides a selection of high-quality
steaks, salads, and sandwiches. Enjoy 3702 Docksite Road
Edisto Beach, SC
Pressley’s 843.869.9226 Marina 843.631.5055
their extensive bar
including a convenient ships’ store, supplies (including fuel), as well as
a great variety of souvenirs, including T-shirts, caps, performance
shirts, jackets, jewelry, and much
If you would like to
you just want to relax and enjoy the
view while learning about the island and its waterways, you’ll be able to find the perfect tour for that. The
Marina offers sunset tours, nature tours, and trips to Otter Island.
Captain Cookie Boykin (retired
SCDNR) and Captain Jim Moose bring over 60 years of experience
navigating the Lowcountry waterways. Private and special-request
tours are also available for longer
excursions, such as circumnavigating the island, taking day trips to
Beaufort, or boating to a secluded
island for an afternoon of discovery and a picnic.
Boat owners can rent slips for the
off-season, including dock renova-
are refreshed often.
The Marina also hosts many
South Carolina Governor’s Cup
waters and where to find the fish. If
year, as the artwork and selection
home one of these treasures each
scotches, house-made a best-on-the-island
captains who really know these
day, weekend, or by the week. The
fishing tournaments, including
specialty drinks, and
creeks, the Marina offers outstand-
more. You definitely want to take
menu, including topshelf bourbons and
If you want to go after the big
hearsal dinners, and large corporate
services, including weddings, re-
in front of the Marina store.
music and dancing, beverages, and
catch, either deep sea or just in the
ers of the Marina, Brian and Becca
Bring the whole family for live
assortment of vendors set up in Bay
staff with award-winning catering
photo opportunities from the up-
stairs restaurant as well as the dock
your own location or event, they
co-hosting an annual event, The
Billfishing Tournament every July
featuring live entertainment, trophy fish weigh-ins, excellent meals
(catered by Pressley’s), and a large
Marina has had a facelift this past
tion and new transient slips for the
Marina and Pressley’s parking. They have the only public boat ramp on
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food & drink | Edisto Beach McConkey’s Jungle Shack
A Beach Restaurant with Spunk of diphtheria within a single week and
all of this occurred before the McCon-
keys lived here! After the Civil War the
Edings family never returned to Locksley Hall and the plantation was taken
over by a carpetbagger named Wright, who had his workers destroy the grave sites of four generations of the Ed-
ings family buried on the plantation grounds.
The tragedies continued with the
McConkeys. James McConkey died under “mysterious circumstances” in
1892. Erina McConkey, according to legend, committed suicide in 1904.
Jane McConkey burned to death in a
kitchen fire in 1912 and John McCon-
n Edisto Story … Long ago,
as the McConkey Place.
as McConkey’s Beach and
already a sad one. William Edings had
Edisto Beach was known
the “main drag,” now named Palmetto Boulevard, was called McConkey Boulevard.
A Canadian family, the McConkeys,
moved to Edisto Island in the late
1800s and bought a plantation origi-
three-story federal-style stucco home designed as a “single house,” which
Edisto Beach State
Park, as well as all of the
land which is now Edisto Beach. The
plantation soon became known simply
have offered their opinions, and it is
commonly believed the killer is known but was never prosecuted.
The place was then owned by
The Edings family experienced so
mains in that family to this day. Even
one room deep.
as “the house of tragedy.” Edings’s first
including the present-day
Edistonians from previous generations
another family and ultimately bought
proximately 2,000 acres
was never solved, although many
architecturally means the floor plan is
many disastrous events in and around
Hall, encompassing ap-
built the mansion in the early 1800s, a
nally named Locksley
108 Jungle Rd.
Edisto Beach, SC
The history of this plantation was
key was murdered in 1915. His murder
the home that the place became known wife died in childbirth and is buried at the foot of the veranda stairs. The son
she bore committed suicide; an adopted son accidentally killed his nanny and
then himself; two young daughters died
by Navy Admiral Murphy and re-
though every self-respecting family
on this island embraces its residential ghosts, the present owner of the
plantation (now known as Seaside) reports no “unusual” events.
Story compiled by Marie of the Pink Van Tour 843-603-0967.
You can be certain that you will eat delicious food and drink ice cold tea and beer at McConkey’s year-round, but you will also get a dose of
Edisto’s colorful history when you learn about the restaurant’s namesake. And for the record … no one at McConkey’s is related to the family.
The owners were brainstorming a name while reading some Edisto history and thought the name would be a fun throwback to a century past.
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Miss Ellen THE LITTLE SHRIMP BOAT THAT COULD
Far toward the end of the dock,
bobbing in her end slip, is a curi-
ous boat, unusual in her shape and
profile and generous in her size. At
compared to the commercial shrimp
down the coast of South Carolina,
the Gulf of Mexico well into the
boats, she is big on adventure and Just how did the littlest shrimp
30 feet long and 10 feet wide, she is
boat come to be? Well, itâ€™s a curious
of Miss Ellen might draw some con-
from necessity. All aboard but be-
the Miss Ellen. The quirky profile
fused looks at first, but Miss Ellen,
bold in her unique physique, quickly reveals her true self after more than just a glance. She is a shrimp boat! And while she is minute in size
story, you see, and one that came
ware: fun and tall tales are involved in the story of the littlest shrimp boat Edisto has ever had.
Shrimping was big business on
Edisto, in the Lowcountry, up and
Georgia, and Florida, and on into 1990s, give or take some years,
depending on who you ask. In the prime days of the local seafood
industry, where the Bay Creek Park now sits, was once Bell Bouy Seafood Market. Tied to those docks
and up and down the Big Bay Creek were upward of 20 shrimp boats.
The Bell Family worked in their
Custom built in Tampa, Florida,
seafood house and ran shrimp boats. Their son, Jimmy Bell, now old and tottering around, found himself just
around 2006, the little shrimp boat
tors advised him to stay off the big boats and give his
widely used in the Caribbean for
is built on a catamaran hull that is
off the prime of his youth with a neck injury. The doc-
water taxies. Jimmy chose this boat
neck a much-needed rest, or he would suffer serious and
for its width and stability in the
lifelong injuries. The shrimper had been bested by his
waters; it also came with a full upright
shrimp boat. That was not acceptable to Jimmy Bell. If
bathroom. The new Sweet Polly was
he couldn’t captain the largest shrimp boat around, he’d
outfitted with different rigging. This
captain the smallest!
time she received just one boom that
Jimmy is a joyful fellow full of stories and a lifetime
swings around to the back and drags
of adventure that he was not quite ready to end in 2000.
a 12-foot net. The net is drawn up by
He set out to design a tiny shrimp boat, one he could
a noisy little motor bolted to the floor
captain and operate on his own, or with one other
of the boat. Jimmy and Sweet Polly
deckhand. The Sweet Polly was christened and launched,
worked together for six years, touring
sporting custom double outriggers Jimmy built himself
families around the waterways and
and pulling forty-foot nets. In the busy summer season,
filling their coolers with fresh shrimp.
the Sweet Polly and Captain Jimmy took tourists on
The work was fun and fulfilling, but
shrimping adventures out into the creeks and seas.
Jimmy isn’t the type to stay focused on
Guests aboard the little boat pulled nets and sorted
one thing forever. Sweet Polly needed
through the sea life brought up, learning about the
a new captain.
ecology and life in the waters surrounding Edisto and
Captain Clif took over the shrimp-
getting the tiniest glimpse of a shrimper’s life while on the Sweet Polly.
boat charter business from his good
turned into a full-time gig. The shrimping industry itself
boat Miss Ellen after his mother. The
friend Jimmy in 2012 and renamed the
Jimmy’s accidental foray into tour-boat charters
Miss Ellen still tugs along, dragging her
was suffering from competition brought by farm-raised
12-foot net behind her. Clif, though
shrimp, and the shrimp-boat tours were booming. Ed-
quieter than Jimmy, gives a wonderfully
isto itself was growing and changing. The family seafood
informative tour, working his boat in
market had closed, and Jimmy moved the Sweet Polly to
the summer with his two sons. Miss
the Marina at Edisto Beach.
Things were changing, not just on Edisto, but for
Jimmy and Sweet Polly too. The original Sweet Polly was a wonderful work of engineering. Jimmy had created a tiny shrimp boat that was a work horse — he even commercially shrimped off her after the tourist season just for his own enjoyment. The more tours that
Jimmy ran revealed that his Sweet Polly
had one downfall; she needed a bathroom for guests. This is when the boat we know today as Miss Ellen arrived. (Don’t worry, the original Sweet Polly is rumored to still be afloat in North Carolina.)
Ellen’s twelve-foot net is handmade in
of Edisto. Clif mends it himself, and
Shrimping on the
Beaufort, South Carolina, just south
when you hear him talk about the creatures the Miss Ellen has pulled
up from the deep, you quickly understand
how she gets holes in her nets!
Once an ancient
sturgeon made a sur-
prise visit and offered
an amazing look at a fish that is
listed on the endangered-species list and can reach weights of up to 800 pounds. (You’re gonna
need a bigger boat!) There is so much more than shrimp and
crab that you will see upon Miss Ellen; there was once even a
15-foot — by Clif ’s account — manta ray that came up beside
the boat. The dolphins know the sound of Miss Ellen’s net motor and come around for picture
time and to see if they can snag an easy meal from the net.
Local rainfall affects the sa-
linity in the ocean and can push away or draw in the shrimp to
the shore. That’s why sometimes you see the commercial shrimp boats far off on the horizon or
almost onshore. Guests aboard
the Miss Ellen get to keep what shrimp they catch, help with
sorting from the net, do a little fishing, and watch animals as the sea comes to life around
them. They get adventure and
an ecology lesson from Captain Clif, who says the best part
is showing people who have
never even been on a boat in
the ocean all about the shrimping process, sea life, ecology,
and waterways around Edisto.
The Miss Ellen might not be a heavyweight when it comes to
shrimping, but she is a small re-
in helping the future generations remember it.
OPEN Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm
n face so
of Edisto’s past, and a big part
maining tie to a cherished part
436 Highway 174
(Only 1 mile from Palmetto Blvd.)
food & drink | Edisto Beach The Sea Cow
Moo-re Than Breakfast with their children, Athena and
John, started serving dinner in the
summer months. The Mixed Grill is a Lowcountry stir-fry with shrimp, chicken and smoked sausage and is still a best seller on the menu.
Today The Sea Cow is owned and
operated by Lisa and Doug White.
They purchased The Sea Cow in 2007. On their first visit to Edisto and The Sea Cow, they knew it was the place for them! Soon they renovated the
kitchens so they could better serve a full dinner menu. They kept many of the
items the same but added things like
he Sea Cow Eatery has been
to the sea, she decided the cow should
visitors and residents alike
are still on the T-shirts worn by the
a crowd favorite for Edisto
for over twenty years. World famous
for its stellar breakfast menu, this little
employees and sold to patrons.
Lori was the creator of many of the
establishment is frequently filled to
recipes still served today. The mustard
anyone who frequents Edisto loves
Toast, curry chicken salad, Cobb salad
capacity inside and out. It seems like The Sea Cow. The Sea Cow might surprise you with their delicious
Lowcountry-inspired lunch and
dinner menus. You’ll be sure to find a new favorite among their homemade specialties!
Established by Lori Fowlkes in
March of 1996, it was
145 A Jungle Rd.
originally located where
and her then nine-year-
Edisto Beach, SC
the liquor store is. Lori
old daughter decorated the diner using fabric
with whimsical cows on it. Lori
designed the logo, and being so close
have a snorkel. This logo and others
tarragon dressing, Moo La La French and John’s Omelet (a tribute to her
brother-in-law who always ordered a huge omelet with all the fillings) are
the blackened tuna, tilapia, mahi-mahi, Lowcountry boil and shrimp and grits. All of the pies and desserts are still
baked on premises by Martha, the in-
house dessert chef, using some of Lori’s and Tammy’s original recipes along
with some of her own creations. They regularly feature cheesecakes, giant
cookies, key lime pie, peanut butter silk
pie, and almond joy and bourbon pecan pie. Make sure to save room for dessert! The Sea Cow Eatery is open
just a few examples.
seven days a week and features
to its present location and Lori sold
dining. Please stop in and join us for
In 2001 The Sea Cow was relocated
it to Tammy and Tom Kontinos.
They expanded the menu to include
a pet-friendly deck for alfresco breakfast, lunch or dinner!
the Reuben, Philly cheesesteaks and
burgers. They were the first to run The Sea Cow seven days a week, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, a schedule that is still in effect today (except for a few renovation days
each winter). Tammy and Tom, along
Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Local Produce and Seafood | Beer and Wine | Full To-Go Menu
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Light(house), Food, Action
a classic-cut New York strip steak. The Waterfront is open seven
days a week, with dining options
for everyone, no matter the size of
the party. Sunday mornings offer an
amazing breakfast buffet with items,
he Waterfront Restaurant is owned and operated by Edisto natives, Scot and
bar for drinks and conversation.
Scot splits his time between the
Susan Flowers. Scot grew up on
kitchen and front of the house, where
seafood business—you could say
family. His fresh menu features local
the water working with his family’s good seafood is in his blood. But
working the boats
136 Jungle Road
Edisto Beach, SC 843.869.1400
wasn’t how Scot
expressed his love
Bay Creek, they moved to the current location on Jungle Road to better
serve their rapidly growing fan base.
Their location offers seating for large
The family-style to-go menu is
cooking for so many. Put in an order
cultivated on Susan’s family’s farm,
King’s Market. Scot’s menu was farm to table before it became a trend. Guests will find the menu of-
shrimp and grits, hearty she-crab
Edisto. Originally overlooking Big
which features a variety of Lowcoun-
seafood and produce, much of it
preferred the kitchen. The Waterfront longest-running establishments on
Sundays also include a lunch buffet,
perfect for large groups that want
fers plenty of seafood options and
opened in 2001 and is one of the
such as fresh fruit, eggs and sausage.
he welcomes guests as if they were
of Edisto’s natural harvests. He
groups, cozy booths and a friendly
Lowcountry traditions such as savory soup and handmade crab cakes. The
to stay in but avoid the ordeal of
before 3 p.m. and The Waterfront will do the hard work! Platters offer fried
or steamed shrimp, Lowcountry boil, chicken tenders, stone-ground grits,
vegetables or red rice. It’s easy to feed any group size with Waterfront’s to-go menu.
Make sure to visit A Shore Thing
specials each evening feature a wide
gift shop located inside The Water-
of succulent ways. Those looking
T-shirts, children’s toys, home décor,
range of seafood, prepared in a variety for less fin will find delicious burgers with toppings, such as pimento
cheese and bacon, divine prime rib or
front, which offers unique jewelry,
gift items, handbags and apparel. You are sure to find a delightful way to treat yourself !
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Hiking Edisto by Julie Gyselinck
Beach vacations donâ€™t typically bring to mind hiking as a planned activity during your stay. Edisto has miles of trails to explore throughout the beach, Island and nearby. If you bring your hiking boots and a little wonder lust, lace them up and find your favorite trail!
the drive up HWY 174 to Botany
Edisto Beach State Park spans both the island and the
Bay. With over 3,000 acres, they have
beach. With two campgrounds, rental cabins, a boat landing
countless trails to explore! Make sure
and the Environmental Learning Center (think museum /
you check their website for closings
learning center) and a beach, Edisto Beach State Park has
as they are closed every Tuesday for
a lot to offer visitors. All of these locations are accessible by
cleaning and maintenance and various
trails that can be walked or biked. All total the trails are 4.2
days throughout the year for hunts
miles, but they are broken down into multiple shorter sections
and repairs. Botany Bay is a heritage
with the longest being the Spanish Mount Trail at 1.7 miles.
preserve and wildlife management area.
The Edisto Beach State park operates from 8am-6pm daily
They have a driving tour that takes you
(extended for DST) and charges an admission for using the
around most of the historical markers,
trials, $5 per adult, $3 per child 6-15 years old, and children
but there are miles and miles of trails
under 5 are free. The trails are all easy to navigate and well
leading to historical locations that wind
maintained. If you are hiking in the summer, it is advised to
through tall pines, old-growth forests,
bring plenty of water, bug spray, sunscreen, and a sun hat.
stunning marshes and water views.
There are multiple benches along the trails for resting if
There are multiple places to park and
needed. The majority of the trails are shaded, and while they
you can park on the side of the road to
are well maintained, make sure to watch your step for roots
hike down specific trails. Make sure to
acting as a trip hazard.
pull far enough off to the side so traffic
The longest trail is the Spanish Mount Trail leading down
is not blocked. Parking at the beach ac-
to the Native American Shell Mound site that was recently
cess is a great place if you want to hike
the subject of an extensive Archeological dig. Visitors to the
the far northern tip of the trails just
site can see the remains of the shell mound as well as where
behind the Ice House. There you will
the dig took place. Make sure to bring your camera as there
see another Bache Monument, trails
are many stunning locations and points of interest to stop and
looping around fields growing corn and
take photos in addition to all of the beautiful trees and flora
sunflowers, peeks of the beaches off in
along the trails.
the distance, and long views of the riv-
If you are looking for a more extensive adventure, pack a
ers and marshes. Dogs are not allowed
lunch and hike from the beginning of the Spanish mount
on the beach or the beach trail, but
Trail all the way to the Environmental Learning Center. The
they can join you on any of the other
Environmental Learning Center is a great place to sit for
firebreak trails throughout Botany Bay.
lunch and enjoy the museum and interactive learning centers.
Make sure to take the map given out
There is also a Bache Monument to check out at the very end
at the welcome station as the trails are
of the trail. This trip will encompass the Spanish Mount Trail 1.7, the Big Bay Trail .4, and the Bache Monument Trail .2,
making an easy 2.3-mile one-way trip. You will cross multiple bridges over the marshes and encounter stunning views from the bluff overlooking the waterways. Bikes are also al-
lowed on these trails. The state park trails can be accessed from the beach by way of the Edisto
bike Trail that follows HWY 174 across the causeway so please use caution.
If you are looking for a bigger
adventure with longer trails, make
from the elemets. Make sure you
pack water, insect
and tick repellent
many and winding. If you are looking
for a trail that is truly breathtaking and off the beaten path, take the Wescot
Road trail. Park on the side of the road
well out of the way. The road is marked
as well as sun
with a red gate preventing cars from
are also a plus to
as it is less frequented by foot traffic,
block. Long pants
entering. This trail is more rugged
keep the creepy
so make sure to prepare for this hike
crawlies at bay.
Continued on page 46.
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Hiking Edisto continued from page 38.
well. Long pants, boots, bug spray/tick repellant, and water are requirements, especially if itâ€™s warm. The scenery
and landscape will change drastically and frequently along this walk. The
marsh views are worth lugging your
camera along the whole trip. Expect to encounter wildlife and countless birds on this remote trail.
No matter what trail you pick out,
Botany Bay is a wonderful place to
explore Edisto by foot or by bike. All
of the trails allow bicycles. Make sure you understand the rules. It is a pack in pack out WMA, not a park. No
drones or metal detectors allowed.
Most of the trials are bush hogged
firebreaks, so make sure you are up
to a challenge or stick to the roads or well-traversed trails around the old ice house or down to the beach.
Exploring Edisto via its countless
trails is an exciting adventure. Make
sure to see them through the different seasons as they change drastically
from spring, summer, winter, and fall. Itâ€™s hard to find yourself out of new
paths to explore on Edisto, but if you do, make sure you check out some of the other locations open to the
public near Edsito. Roxbury Park is
just outside of Edisto on HWY 174 and offers beautiful walking trails, catch and release fishing, and bird
watching. Make sure to visit the Town of Meggett website for more details. Further off the island is the newest
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County Park with 412 acres of well-
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The Best ‘Dive’ on Edisto
disto’s favorite beach dive,
grumpiest bartender.” Don’t worry,
the week from home style country
2003, is excited to bring
tering blackened swordfish with Ca-
Whaley’s, established in
back some old menu favorites and
Summer hours are 11–10 p.m. In
introduce a few new culinary cre-
the off season, lunch is served from
change. Flip flops and sandy feet
p.m. and the bar stays open serving
ations. Don’t worry about too much are still welcome at the converted
1948 gas station, one of the oldest
standing buildings on Edisto Beach. Owners, Van Maxwell and Lytle
Prichard, keep the vibe beach casual and family friendly and the menu full of fresh local seafood entrées.
Everyone feels like a local when they walk through the door. 2801 Myrtle St.
Edisto Beach, SC
he doesn’t really bite, and he pours a
Come inside and cool
off from a beach day
with a drink at the bar, served by Mr. George,
“the world’s oldest and
11:30–2:30, dinner runs 5:30–10:00 drinks during the afternoon break. Enjoy dining outside at the picnic
tables or grab a booth inside. Coastal Living and Southern Living magazines have both rated Whaley’s as
one of the top seafood restaurants on the East Coast for their fresh locally harvested seafood. The fried shrimp
fried steak and gravy to mouth-wajun cream kicking the temperature up on the palate. The Ugly Burger
is a mouth-challenging half-pound burger on a kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and onion. Side that with
some house made chips and you are in cheeseburger paradise. The prime
rib sandwich or the “Flapper,” a fried pork chop sandwich, both long-time favorites and best sellers, are savory masterpieces.
Evenings at Whaley’s always offer
basket is full of plump and perfectly
exciting times and the parking lot
and served with fries or house made
nights are hosted weekly, so check
seasoned shrimp fried to perfection
chips. The fried oysters are considered by many the best around.
Dinner specials vary throughout
fills up quickly. Karaoke and trivia their calendar online for days and
times. Come in for good times, great friends and even better food!
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gear, and so much more! Smugglers Attic has a large array of apparel as
well as a huge selection of souvenirs, household goods, beach towels,
sunscreen, bug spray, and even ice cream! The Beach For Less store
carries a wide variety of discounted beach toys, T-shirts, souvenirs, and water-sports gear.
If you need a quiet night in and
pizza is what’s for dinner, order for
pick up or delivery from Sgt Pepper
he Pavilion on Edisto
smile and a soft-spoken voice. Don’t
stops you’ll see as you turn
appearance is a brilliant mind and
Beach is one of the first
onto Palmetto Boulevard. The only
beachfront establishment on Edisto,
it’s long been a hangout for locals and visitors looking for a cold drink, good
a sharp business acumen. She is the
ying to Skippy’s loud and boisterous yang.
Skippy, who spent years in the
food, and an even better view. Edisto
import-export industry and has a
Lana Rast, purchased the beachfront
than just a business partner in Lana,
native Skippy Sanders and his wife, building recently after running the gift shop there for many years.
Skippy’s connection to the Pa-
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vilion runs back to his childhood on Edisto;
to say he’s made a full
circle is an understate-
ment. After returning to Edisto in
2010 from a long hiatus, Skippy met Lana at a chamber-of-commerce
meeting that was promoting Edisto
creative marketing streak, saw more
and just what you need after a long day in the sun! If you want to treat
your sweet tooth to dessert, stop into Sugartime. Sugartime offers old-
fashioned candy, a wall of Jelly Belly jelly beans, frozen yogurt, and an
endless selection of chocolates and
novelty gifts. Lana loves candy and Sugartime is her favorite store.
So whether you are looking for
and together they have built their
a good time, tasty food, or new flip
bar, Coot’s, pulls double duty in the
what you need! Skippy is frequently
own Edisto empire. The beachfront morning as a breakfast-and-coffee shop. The lunch and dinner crowd
enjoy simple beach bar food and piz-
za, fun daiquiris and cocktails, or just a cold beer. Nighttime frequently
cranks up a gear with live music and laughter rolling out over the ocean.
If you find yourself lacking in any
businesses. It was love at first sight,
necessities, you are sure to find what
ningly beautiful with a dazzling
na’s three retail stores. The Pavilion
at least for Skippy. Lana is stun-
let that fool you, though. Behind her
Pizzeria. Their pizza is hot, fresh,
you need in one of Skippy and La-
flops, this fun couple has got just
found prowling around the Pavilion, telling absurd stories you are never quite sure are true and laughing
hysterically at himself. Lana is occasionally alongside, shaking her head and rolling her eyes at his cackling laughter. If you do see them, say
hello. They love to hear from their guests and share in their Edisto
bliss. They have truly hit the jackpot of life.
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NEW NATIVE AMERICAN EXHIBIT F E A T U R E D AT T H E E D I S T O ISLAND MUSEUM by Gretchen Smith
While we are very proud of our museum and the history we have been able to share with our community and visitors, there has always been a gaping hole in the narrative, we have never before been able to include the Native American story until now. Our other exhibits do an excellent job of informing our visitors about the early European and African American history; this new exhibit relates the story of Edisto prior to the arrival of the early settlers in the 1600s.
Gretchen Smith, Director The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
n October, 2018, the Edisto Island Historic Preserva-
The South Carolina branch was called
“Exhibit of Early Edistonians,” which can be seen at
tion Society (EIHPS) opened its new exhibit, entitled
the Edisto Island Museum. This permanent exhibit enables the museum to finally be able to add the fascinating Native American era to complete the full story of Edisto’s history. The artifacts in the exhibit are derived from all over the
historical spectrum, with at least one of them dating back to the Early Archaic Period (7,000–6,500 BC). In addition to
the numerous artifacts, the exhibit also includes a few reproductions that will let visitors get a fuller picture of Edisto’s Native American history. Reproductions include an atlatl, dart, and bone pin.
Prior to the first European contact in South Carolina,
there were five major cultural groups, each with a single language. One of these groups, called the Muskhogean
Indians, was related to the Creeks of Alabama and Georgia.
A carved bone
uncovered at the
Spanish Mound at Edisto Beach State Park.
display at the
Cusabo. Edisto was home to one of the After the English settled at Charles
Towne in 1670, the Edisto and all other Indians of South Carolina
experienced a disastrous decline in
numbers. The greatest devastation came as a result of diseases for which the
Indians had no natural immunity. By 1775, the Edisto tribe was no more,
and there are few visible remnants of
them along the South Carolina coast.
Vestiges of Indian shell rings, mounds,
and middens are located on Edisto, but they are in danger of disappearing due to erosion.
To learn more about the rich and interesting history and way of life of Edisto’s Native Americans, be sure to visit the Edisto Island
Museum. The museum is located at 8123 Chisolm Plantation Road, and its hours of operation can be found at edistomuseum.org.
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Emily Grace lives in the Edisto
Bookstore full time and has ever since
Grace started with one drawing a
ing outside the store one afternoon
around the summer of 2015. Karen
owner Karen Carter found her lurk-
about twelve years ago. Emily Grace is a petite, long-haired cat. Her fur is white with large grey patches
and blazing green eyes that seem to
connect with you right away. Emily
Grace lives a wonderful life greeting
and guiding guests through her maze
shy little girl brought in to the store thought it was a darling picture and
pinned it up behind the register. The
following summer the same little girl brought in another portrait to show off her improved artistic skills. This picture joined the original.
During a rearranging behind
of bookshelves. She lounges on top
the desk, the little drawings were
her bed under the window if a longer
behind the register where they were
of the display stands or curls up in nap is needed. Customers of the
bookstore have quickly come to love her approachable charm and loving
nature. For a cat, Emily Grace is un-
usually friendly to strangers, eager for
people to pet her, give their affections, and to receive hers in return. Her
friendly nature has helped her gather a large group of caring friends.
The Portrait Gallery of Emily
moved further out along the wall
more visible to the public. The little artistâ€™s portraits of Emily Grace
mediums vary from pen, pencil, crayons, and cutouts. The artistic styles and skills are wide, but each and
every portrait is proudly displayed in a growing collection inside the
bookstore. The love for Emily Grace is apparent in each piece of art. It is
clear she has made an impact on her visitors to the bookstore with her
kind nature and warm greetings. How many hugs has the little cat known
were needed? Who came to see her purely because she helped them
feel better? How many days has she brightened?
Peeking around from behind a
spurred an artistic movement. Soon
stack of books, or twirling around an
depicting Emily Grace were pouring
Grace has become far more than
drawings, sketches, and even poems into the bookstore. They arrived by
hand, by mail, and some just appear anonymously pinned on the large
cork board outside of the store. The
ankle while someone browses, Emily just a shop cat as her portrait gallery
proves. She is the cat everyone needs
to see that day â€” a warm, loving face, and a masterpiece of heart.
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AN EXCEPTIONAL SUSPENSE BRINGING BOTH DYNAMIC DETECTIVES TO THE ISLAND FOR HER MOST EPIC EDISTO NOVEL YET! — EXPLORE Edisto Magazine
The following is an excerpt from Dying on Edisto by C. Hope Clark. We hope you enjoy.
A man in his forties, decked out in
dress khakis, white shirt and a blazer in
“Here we go,” Callie said.
“Yeah, he asked about you earlier.”
She reached out a hand first, and the
blue that Callie now understood rep-
Raysor wiped his mouth on a napkin
gentleman swallowed it up in his. “I’ve
appeared from a hallway connecting
gan. I’m Swinton Shaw, the manager of
resented the Indigo Plantation brand, the restaurant to the main house. Their waitress pointed him toward the two uniforms.
before grinning and rising from his
“What’s his name?” she whispered
while pushing out a smile. “Forgot.”
heard so much about you, Chief MorIndigo Plantation, but call me Sweet.” She grimaced. “And you say that
without joking.” She gripped and
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made him shake her hand, indicating
wanted when he greeted guests. “The
that to sink in. Admittedly, they’d cho-
the former to the latter when meeting
command respect, and I hear nothing
Little else happening in both cases.
strength behind the demure, preferring fresh people.
first woman chief of Edisto Beach. You but good about how you keep this place
sen prime times to hold their festivals. He continued. “Our indigo doesn’t
just stop at our little shop either, as
“No matter how hard we try,” Callie
noting what sounded like a Georgia
nesses and textile entrepreneurs up the
you met mine, and no doubt she left an
Raysor crossed a booted foot over
He winked. “My mother’s doing. We
can’t run far from our mothers, can we?” said, withdrawing her hand. “I heard
“I’m still employed,” she replied,
indelible mark.” She motioned to the
the other knee, bumping the table.
Sit, unless you’re too busy.”
she solved a serial killer case we’d over-
table. “Congratulations on the turnout. “I can spare five minutes,” he said,
eyes straying over to a waiter, then back to the hostess podium before allowing his consideration to rest at their table. Callie got a good measure of him
before he slid up a chair. A full foot taller than her, not that she wasn’t
accustomed to being dwarfed, but in
“Don’t let her size fool you. Last year looked for six years.”
Sweet’s cordiality paled. “Serial
“Don’t listen to him,” Callie said, and
welcomed the cup of ice cream from
the waitress then watched the lady set a water and lime before the boss. “So, Sweet … how far are you booked out
we attempt to supply dyes to busi-
coastline. Natural cotton doesn’t mean
anything without the natural dye. And we’ll have seasonal classes on sweetgrass baskets, thanks to one of your local residents, as well as textile arts
that vary from month to month. We’re attempting to marry with the natives rather than compete with them.”
Callie raised a brow at Sweet’s al-
locution and took another bite of ice cream to hide a smile.
“A little thick?” Sweet asked.
“Maybe a pinch,” she said. “But I
for the B&B?”
like it. Let us know how we can help.
they underestimated her. She rather
her. “Meaning how long do we think
this part of the island, I might be closer
guard with her size four stature and
me, we researched the B&B business
her career, size had proven more of a handicap to the criminal element as
enjoyed the ability to catch people off unspoken history of detective in a
major city. Not that it mattered here.
Mr. … um … Sweet, held all the traits of a Southern gentleman.
His outdoorsy tan married well with
the colors he wore, his dark, peppered
hair long, slightly waved and brushing his collar. Dignity atop an ability to
maybe captain a boat or fish the creeks. “You have a reputation of your own,” he said, waving for the waitress to
bring him whatever it was he normally
He playfully stared down his nose at
we can keep this concept afloat? Trust before breaking ground, and our goal
is to surpass anything conceived, much less attempted, on this island. A place to harbor overnight guests without
While I don’t have jurisdiction over than calling the mainland. We get
along that way.” She pointed her spoon at Raysor. “Don here is from Colleton County, by the way, so I’m sure he speaks for them, too.”
Sweet’s gaze hung on her. “Very nice
competing with the house rentals on
visitors with our other attractions. A
lie juggled her thoughts, a tad unsettled
existing boat charters. A festival for
Raysor cleared his throat. “Mind if
your beloved beach, yet attract your
small dock for our guests to catch your indigo in the summer and the Hoppin’ John Festival for New Years.”
Pausing, he seemed to wait for all
A silence passed between them. Cal-
at the apparent intention. we walk around?”
Sweet seemed to snatch his attention
back to the present. “Don’t mind a bit.”
Hope is author of The Edisto Island Mysteries and the award-winning Carolina Slade Mysteries, both set
in her home state of SC. This excerpt is taken from Dying on Edisto, the fifth Edisto Island mystery, and a crossover story where Chief Callie Morgan of the Edisto series crosses paths with Carolina Slade from the
Slade series, joining forces to solve yet another Edisto Island crime. When Hope isn’t making appearances or strolling the beach, she can be found on the banks of Lake Murray in central SC. www.chopeclark.com
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Hieroglyphs continued from page 18.
from quickly-shutting valves, pinching
and potentially harming or deterring the
predator. 2) Alternatively, the snail may opt for the safer route of drilling at the umbo,
far from the snapping valve edges. However,
this section of shell is much thicker
and takes longer to drill through. More
time means more exposure of the moon snail to its own predators, and potential
competition for the same food source.
More often than not, the snail opts for its
own safety, and takes the time to drill away at the thick umbo. However, moon snails
aren’t picky with their prey, and often resort
to cannibalism and consuming their own kind (see images F and G on page 17)!
Our embattled mollusks must be ever
vigilant in avoiding predation by other
mollusks. But, they must also watch out for
predators from outside their own Phylum;
two such predators from other animals
groups include the shell-peeling crabs and loggerhead sea turtles.
Crabs within the Calappidae Family
include the box crabs and shame-faced
crabs. Members of this family are often called shell-peeling/breaking crabs due
to their propensity for smashing open
shells with their hooked right claw, while
delicately removing the snail’s body with a
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