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Edisto Beach Hieroglyphs Decoding Their Secrets

Miss Ellen

The Little Shrimp Boat That Could

Hiking Edisto

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Native American Exhibit

Edisto Museum’s Newest Addition

Join us for the 2019 Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament

July 17th - 20th

edisto’s only full service marina Including: Gas (non-ethanol), diesel, public boat ramp, nightly & weekly dockage.

fuel , fishing & fun .

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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

full bloom!

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.

Julie Gyselinck

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

( for information

about next year's photo contest. Top pick will be featured in our 20202021 issue!


The helpful place on Edisto.























Caroline Matheny

features 6 15 27 37 42 55 62 71 79


Ansley Rowe

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





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

Melissa Cooker


Ashby Gale


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EXPLORE Edisto is published annually by Atwood Vacations Real Estate, 495 Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC 29438. Please send letters and/or comments to We are always looking for contributors for our future issues. If you have an interesting story to share or would like to advertise in EXPLORE Edisto, please contact Julie Gyselinck. ©2019 Atwood Vacations Real Estate. All rights reserved.


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 town’s

website for a full understanding of the laws at

Enjoy your stay!


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

Edisto waterways.

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:

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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 away‌


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

plain sight.

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 “sand collar,� 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


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.

www.edistowat | 843-869-0663 | 3731 Docksite Road | Locally owned and operated by Lindsey and Dillard Young. EWT offers guided and self-guided kayak tours, ACE Basin river tours, shelling expeditions, sunset cruises, dolphin cruises, kayak rentals, fishing charters, as well as live bait and tackle. If you have a special request, please ask us!

shopping | Edisto Island King’s Market


from the



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,

Edisto Island, SC

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

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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

wine list.

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

Creek Park.

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

the beach as well as trailer parking. Fishing, fun, food, or just a great

time, you’ll find it all at the Marina on Edisto Beach and Pressley’s at the Marina!



may 4


Edisto Dolphin Slam


Cobia Tournament

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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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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, it’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.)


Hands on

Ellen’s twelve-foot net is handmade in

Miss Ellen.

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

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of Edisto’s past, and a big part

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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

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food & drink | Edisto Beach The Waterfront Restaurant

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

or storefront

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

try favorites.

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 don’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


Protect yourself

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 it’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. It’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

Find more information about Roxbury Park at and Meggett County Park at HAPPY TRAILS!

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County Park with 412 acres of well-

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food & drink | Edisto Beach Whaley’s

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

fine cocktail!

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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Hitting the Life’s Jackpot Beach Store offers thousands of T-

shirts to choose from, swimsuits, flip flops and shoes, water toys, beach

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-

102 Palmetto Blvd

Edisto Beach, SC 843.631.1366

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

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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-

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cranks up a gear with live music and laughter rolling out over the ocean.

If you find yourself lacking in any

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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

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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-

Previous page:

The South Carolina branch was called

“Exhibit of Early Edistonians,” which can be seen at

pin archeologist

Cusabo tribes.

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.

Above: Early


display at the

Edisto Museum.

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


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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 artist’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

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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.”

“Nice, Don.”

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

to know.”

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.


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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

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competition for the same food source.

More often than not, the snail opts for its

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aren’t picky with their prey, and often resort

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Our embattled mollusks must be ever

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mollusks. But, they must also watch out for

predators from outside their own Phylum;

two such predators from other animals

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Crabs within the Calappidae Family

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