Travel Back in Time A journey across Edisto Island
Edisto Fossil Finds
An in-depth look at fossils of the Lowcountry
Agriculture on Edisto Farming. Ranching. Oystering.
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Getting the Hang of Things … Six Years Later It’s hard to believe this is the sixth Welcome Letter for EXPLORE Edisto magazine. Over the years our small team has learned a lot about making a magazine, navigated the perils of social media, stretched our creative wings, built a website and, of course, published EXPLORE Edisto. Most importantly we have connected with each of our readers and followers. You have joined us through every car ride, photography session, adventure and even our lunch breaks! I feel like we have gotten to know you as much as you have gotten to know us. I know you all love beach photos; many of you are amazing photographers; and you all seem to love animals of all kinds, both domestic and wild. You are kind and supportive and you genuinely love Edisto. You are what makes this job so much fun. We thank you, because without you, our readers, we wouldn’t be exploring Edisto. It is this relationship we built with our readers that allowed me to break my number one rule about writing for the magazine. I wrote our main story (Travel Back in Time on page 49) in first person. I had sworn never to do so because EXPLORE Edisto isn’t about me; it’s about showing Edisto to our readers. This year’s adventure was closely followed on our social media outlets. It was so full of surprises, accidents and unusual events, I felt telling the real story from my personal point of view was the only way to write it. I hope you enjoy reading it and thank you for coming along for the ride!
Julie Gyselinck Editor in Chief
2016 EXPLORE Edisto photo contest winner Cameron Rhodes for his photo of a Red Drum caught in a fishing net. Congratulations!
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Welcome to Edisto How knowing the Beach Rules can make for a better vacation experience
ATWOOD THANKS YOU FOR VISITING our beautiful island town of Edisto. We know how much the beach means to the families who come here year after year and for our first-timers alike. If you are like many of us, you have been to many beaches, but none compare to Edisto. Even though most beach communities strive to care for and maintain their beaches as well as keep their guests and residents safe, each town is different in what it allows to occur on their beach. Please make sure to carefully read and follow the Edisto Beach rules as they may be different from what you believe.
THANK YOU! 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
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outdoors | Edisto Island Botany Bay Ecotours with Meg Hoyle
The True Wildlife of Edisto
otany Bay Ecotours has been
a “must do” for many years. As Edisto’s only tour compa-
ny owned and operated by a biologist, Botany Bay Ecotours offers a closer look at Edisto and its diverse ecological systems and history.
This year Botany Bay is offering
new tours and adventures to provide guests, including those returning, with
Miss Sarah Burnell hosts a portion of
Miss Sara has 10 grandchildren and 10
tours, Botany Bay Ecotours is happy to
she recalls her early childhood on Ed-
proud of, all who share her love of their
an exciting trip. In addition to the new
introduce two new captains, Don An-
derson and Ron Davis. Captain Don will be guiding the ecotours and Cap-
tain Ron Davis will be hosting fishing
charters in the rivers and waterways
around Edisto. A dedicated outdoorsman with more than just fishing experience, Ron even created a wildly
popular fishing lure, the Chatterbait, with his father. Captain Ron certainly
knows what it takes to attract the fish! In addition to catching local inshore fish, guests will learn about the ecology and conservation of Edisto’s waters.
Past and first-time guests to Botany
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isto. Born in 1938, an infant Sarah was brought to Edisto by her parents. The
Exciting new tours are also avail-
could gather. Sarah provides an amaz-
primate swinging through the trees.
and survived on what they grew and ing insight to the sustenance living the
island provided the locals. If you are
anywhere on the island and feel like you
can only understand some of what the locals are saying, you are right. They are probably speaking in Gullah! Gullah is
the only English-based Creole language
for those who want to try and spot a Separate fact from fiction about this
mysterious place and learn how and why Morgan Island is home to a
breeding colony of Rhesus monkeys. This tour follows the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers.
Adventurous travelers will love the
in America. Creole is a language that is
ACE Basin River Tour, where they
and Gullah is mostly English and West
ecosystems, search the maritime forests
made by mixing two or more languages, African words. The rich Gullah culture, customs and art are closely connected
to the natural resources and their West African roots.
Miss Sarah talks frankly about grow-
ter’s surface and put on a show. Thurs-
family’s farm and then going to work on
guest and a living link to Edisto’s past.
able to Morgan “Monkey” Island
ing up with seven sisters and three
day’s dolphin tours also feature an extra
great-grandchildren she is immensely
Gullah people of Edisto were farmers
Edisto’s ecology while
watching the dolphins roll on the wa-
the tour “Growing Up Gullah,” where
travel through salt water and fresh water
for feral goats and look for sunning alligators on the marsh banks. Stop at the
historic fishing community of Bennett’s Point to learn about the past-and-present fishing industry of the ACE Basin.
From fishing to ecotours, Botany Bay
brothers, working long days on her
Ecotours has your perfect trip planned.
the beach. Her life is an amazing story
just for you or your group!
to hear from the Gullah point of view.
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food & drink | Edisto Beach Finn’s Island Grill
Edisto’s Only Beachfront Restaurant ites, such as the Oysters Rock! , a spinach and parmesan puree topped with a fried oyster and a splash of spicy sri-
racha, served on a half shell. For those
looking for a little less shellfish, the Silent Doggies are a fun and delicious play on the hushpuppy, served with
a sweet corn garlic and maple butter, which is an amazing flavor infusion.
The entrée menu is divided into
Without Finn’s and With Finn’s, each
featuring a fabulous group of entrées. Without Finn’s choices include mul-
tiple burger options, savory lamb chops,
eachfront dining on Edisto at
the summer heat will get a kick out of
to delight and entertain year-
features extra-large daiquiris, such as
Finn’s Island Grill continues
round. Finn’s is proud to feature a new
and creatively updated menu, which is
sure to please everyone at your table. Fun, innovative and fresh, combined
with an inventive beach cocktail menu, live entertainment and fabulous sweep-
ing ocean views, Finn’s is a hot spot you don’t want to miss.
Come start your afternoon with
drinks at the Ocean Room, inside or out on the patio. The bartenders are 102 Palmetto Blvd.
Edisto Beach, SC 843.869.4474
the Beach Bum’s Paradise Punch (co-
conut rum, spiced rum, pineapple juice,
Blast or Peachberry Punch, are sure
to hit the spot for any libation lover. Groups looking for refreshment from
of your day.
On the With Finn’s side, you will
Their jumbo fried shrimp are suc-
Finn’s has a large selection of domes-
tic and imported beer and wine. Make sure to ask your server or check their Facebook page for live entertainment dates and times.
If lunch or dinner is what you are
swer any questions or help with a se-
themed cocktails, such as the Beach
lecting your meal the hardest decision
straws. For those with simpler tastes,
a personal Finn’s bucket with four
fect drink to get you in the mood for a fun eve-
tions are fresh, interesting and make se-
find their first-rate classic fried sea-
looking for, Finn’s new menu is ready
help you select that per-
Smothered Flank Steak. The menu op-
orange juice and grenadine) served in
friendly and willing to
ning. The selections of exciting beach-
the Bucket List. This adult drink menu
Country Fried Chicken Marsala or the
to serve. Their attentive staff will anlection. Evening specials often feature select cuts of meat and/or seafood pre-
pared with fresh house vegetables and their signature creamy grits.
The appetizer menu is a compila-
tion of vibrant twists on classic favor-
food among the best you’ve tried. culent with just the right amount of
crunch and bold flavor. The shrimp and grits will never disappoint, and
their crab cakes are made from Whaley’s famous recipe. Mac & cheese lovers will fawn over the Seafood Mac
& Cheese, featuring a three-cheese
sauce, smothered pasta, grilled shrimp
and scallops, all toasted to perfection. The atmosphere is exciting, the view is amazing, the food is delightful
and the drinks and music are flowing at Finn’s Island Grill, Edisto’s only beachfront restaurant. Make sure to stop in and enjoy the view!
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Stop in for a cold one at
Finnâ€™s Ocean Room!
shopping | Edisto Beach Edisto Seafood and Fontaine Charters
As Fresh as Fresh Can Be
College of Charleston that made him
country drawl and mannerisms tend
from a light pole, its once
able and that his career path had been
talking about themselves, they were
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
realize the call of Edisto was undenilaid 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 dis-
tributors and retailers, Ed-
isto Seafood is stocked pri-
marily 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 Beau-
fort, just 45 minutes south. With help from Jimmy and Barry, Ashley harvests all of white interior of Edisto Seafood and
clams directly from the bountiful wa-
after the Fontaine family arrived on
tomers. Over the course of a year they
Fontaine Charters. Started shortly Edisto in the late 1940s, this familyowned-and-operated staple is contin-
ued 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
3729 Docksite Rd.
Skinner, who also takes
Hen for Fontaine’s Fish-
Edisto Beach, SC
the helm of the Marsh ing Charters. Growing up
on the docks and working side by side with his family, Ashley always enjoyed
the family business. It was his years at
the oysters, blue crab and
ters of Edisto to sell to delighted cus-
will sell over 100,000 pounds of local shrimp caught primarily by Capt. Bill
Smoak of the Sara Jane, Edisto’s last shrimp boat. Conveying that mas-
sive 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 Low-
to mirror each other. Humble when
more 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 Ash-
ley (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 creat-
ing 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—
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shopping | Edisto Island King’s Market
Fresh from the Field 2559 Hwy 174
Edisto Island, SC
ing’s Farm Market is a fam-
distance to the market place and
and fresh butter are also available for
few hundred acres on Edis-
growing the produce, they also raise
wide variety available, having a farm-
ily-run farm consisting of a
to and Yonges Island. An agriculture family for over 100 years, they have
kept the art of produce and ranch-
ing as a legacy passed down for many
generations. Their fun and active market, situated on Highway 174, is
to consumers’ plates. In addition to
the highly sought after Grass-Fed Kings Beef, bred and hand-raised by
Jamie and Rett King. The beef sold at
The market and farm are a busy
The changing grow season and
ily, working the register, and Rett
few miles away.
etables, berries and a wide assort-
almost year-round. They close for a
Jamie and Rett keep the market full very short time in January, after all of the Christmas trees and beauti-
ful 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 pi-
mento 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 delight-
ful throwback to the early 1900s, with coolers full of old-timey sodas
in the glass bottle and an interesting collection of historic décor.
Local honey, eggs, artisan cheeses
easy to do with King’s Market.
place; you’ll see family members like
broad range of produce harvested by
ment of flowers travel a very short
to-table experience of your own is
the market was born and raised just a
located directly on part of the farm. Rows of neatly cultivated fruits, veg-
purchase at the market. With such a
Bonnie, the matriarch of the famor 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 direc-
tion 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
or bring the whole family to enjoy a real farm. King’s Market is an experience itself !
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Located 10 minutes from Edisto Beach
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outdoors | Edisto Beach The Marina @ Edisto Beach
Fishing Charters & Sightseeing Tours surrounds Edisto and the local waterways. Hop
ing. Here you will find everything
comfortably. Taking an excursion for a stunning Sunset Cruise, Dolphin
Tour, Booze Cruise or a
great way to spend a few hours expe-
ready to take you on a boat-
and special-request tours are also avail-
day of fun on the water.
Whether you are looking for a lei-
surely cruise, an exciting sightseeing
trip, a private island tour, nature tour
or a fishing charter, The Marina offers them all.
The Marina’s team of Master Cap-
tains Jim Moose, Newton “Cookie” Boykin, Daniel Seyle, R.T. Haithcock 3702 Docksite Road
Edisto Beach, SC
Ship Store: 843.631.5055 Charters: 843.631.5065
and Richard Barrepo (and
sometimes Brian Bell)
are amazing guides with a lifetime of experience on the water. On our tour with Captain Cookie, a
past DNR agent and avid outdoors-
man, we were provided amazing infor-
mation and interesting facts about the
ecological system and the wildlife that
trip to Otter Island is a
he revamped Marina at Ed-
for guests to enjoy, you are sure to have a
Drop by the ship store and be
fully cushioned with carry
ing adventure. Featuring two new boats
the boating schedule or to book a trip. sure to say hello to Steve, Larry and
dual canopies and can
visit The Marina’s ship store to check
25-foot-extra-wide Carolina Skiff that is
isto Beach is geared up and
what you want to eat and drink. Come
riencing Edisto from the water. Private
able for longer trips, such as circum-
navigating the whole island, day trips
to Beaufort or to a secluded island for
Milton and to find out what’s bit-
you need to catch anything from a blue crab to a blue marlin. The full-
service store carries a wide variety
of inshore and offshore tackle, bait, beer, wine, snacks, sunscreen, ice, non-ethanol gas and diesel. Browse
the redesigned store and check out their new clothing line, including new South Carolina Governor’s Cup
apparel. The Marina has the beach’s only public boat ramp with nightly slip rentals and trailer parking.
On weekends during the summer,
a picnic and an afternoon of discovery.
enjoy live music on the dock with a
to all private tour and event requests.
serves food upstairs and downstairs,
The Marina at Edisto Beach is open
Looking for a grand entrance or exit
for a wedding? The Marina can handle
cold beverage. Pressley’s Restaurant so come by, grab a bite and cut a rug.
This summer is sure to be an ex-
citing one. The Marina will host five
ter, book a trip on the “Thirsty Fish.”
the 2016 Edisto Billfish Invitational
If chasing fish is what you’re af-
The center console T-Top with pol-
ing platform can take you back in
the creek for spottail, trout, flounder, whiting, shark and stingray. Going
out a little farther on a nearshore trip will land you sea bass, cobia, Spanish
mackerel, king mackerel, vermillion snapper and many other species. The
boat provides everything you need, including a fishing license. Just bring
tournaments, including the return of Tournament, which is the final leg of the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Series.
marine artist Steve Goione will return this year as the featured artist and creator of the Edisto Governor’s Cup design. The Marina has a lot of
activities available, so make sure to call or check out their website for more information!
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2016 EVENT SCHEDULE saturday, april 30
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saturday, may 14
Edisto Beach Cobia Tournament
Jim Bost Memorial Tournament
july 20 - 23
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DINING UPSTAIRS AT PRESSLEY’S AT THE MARINA
food & drink | Edisto Beach McConkey’s Jungle Shack
A Beach Restaurant with Spunk daughters died of diphtheria within a single week and all of this occurred
before the McConkey’s lived here! After the Civil War the Edings family never returned to Locksley Hall and
the plantation was taken over by a car-
petbagger named Wright, who had his workers destroy the gravesites of four
generations of the Edings 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,
The history of this plantation was
Edisto Beach was known as
already a sad one. William Edings had
“main drag,” now named Palmetto Bou-
three-story federal-style stucco home
McConkey’s Beach and the
levard, was called McConkey Boulevard. A Canadian family, the McConk-
eys, moved to Edisto Island in the late
Edisto Beach, SC
designed as a “single house,” which architecturally means the floor plan is
der was never solved, although many
Edistonians from previous generations have offered their opinions, and it is
commonly believed the killer is known but was never prosecuted.
The place was then owned by another
one room deep.
family and ultimately bought by Navy
named Locksley Hall, en-
many disastrous events in and around
family to this day. Even though every
2,000 acres including the
known as “the house of tragedy.” Ed-
1800s and bought a plantation originally 108 Jungle Rd.
built the mansion in the early 1800s, a
key was murdered in 1915. His mur-
compassing approximately present-day Edisto Beach State Park, as well as all of
the land which is now Edisto Beach. The
plantation soon became known simply as the McConkey Place.
The Edings family experienced so
the home that the place became ings’s first 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
Admiral Murphy and remains in that self-respecting family on this island em-
braces 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.
McConkeyâ€™s Cheeseburgers Chili Dogs Quesadillas Fried Seafood Wings & Fingers Greek Pitas Fried Mushrooms Onion Rings Wraps & Salads Cold Beer & Wine Homemade Desserts & More!
843-869-0097 108 Jungle Road (Next to Bi-Lo)
Hours: 11am - Until find us on...
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Profiles of the island’s abundance and way of life
EDISTO IS AND HAS BEEN LARGELY AN AGRICULTURAL ISLAND SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICANS THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. Harvesting shellfish and seafood from the abundant rivers and streams, the only remaining traces of their culture are the shell mounds visible in the State Park and a shell ring located off Botany Island in the North Edisto River. The European settlement of the island brought rice, the fabled Sea Island Cotton and farming as we currently know it. The farming and fishing families on Edisto today still raise cattle, grow a wide variety of produce and harvest shellfish, each following in their ancestors’ footsteps. Explore Edisto spent time with three of the families who still work the land and waterways to experience how it’s done today. These three families are just a small portion of the population of working families and farms on Edisto.>>>
RANCHING WITH JAMIE KING Upon hearing the rumbling of his
200 acres. For Jamie and his wife,
ily’s King’s Farm Market on Highway
Tapley, who teaches Special Educa-
ists and the locals for fresh produce,
cattle is a family affair and everyone
pickup slowly driving up the dirt
174 is wildly popular with the tour-
from their grazing. The mixed herd
flowers, boiled peanuts and local beef.
pitches in. Jamie adamantly insists
and farm, Jamie is keeping the art of
the help of his wife and his father,
road, twenty shaggy heads perk up
tion at the local high school, raising
of cows, mostly black and white but
Dividing his time between the market
varying shapes, hustle into motion.
cattle ranching, that he learned from
Rett King. Each year they grow and
males bump and knock into each
well. Jamie currently cares for 54 head
winter time; about 300 bales were
excited bellow. They show as much
bull, Radar, who is just short of the
just cut the hay when massive rains
a few with interesting colors and
Darting for a front position, the feother, tongues lolling out with each
his grandfather and father, alive and of cattle, including the baby Brahma
eagerness for Jamie King getting out
cutest thing on Edisto.
tion of Hollywood movies; it is ex-
his hands in the farming and ranching
just keeping a herd of cows alive on
of his truck as a family dog greeting Jamie King, you could say, has had
business since he was born. His fam-
he couldn’t get it all done without
harvest hay to feed the cattle in the
put up last year. This year they had came, ruining the whole harvest.
Ranching isn’t the romantic no-
While the business has its difficulties
hausting work that goes far beyond
ing anything else. The cows mature
and dangers, Jamie can’t imagine do-
to around 900 pounds, and baby
Radar will be close to 2000 pounds
collie, Sophie. She looks as lovingly
her a family favorite. Jamie laughs at
Grass-fed beef like Jamie’s is highly
ness and care given to the animals
hands clean. As the sun sets at the
comes more attuned to the quality
with them. It seems to be a trait
beef sold at King’s Farm Market is
particularly loud cow that is insis-
farming and ranching by the King
She doesn’t have a tag on her ear, as
great produce and meat. This family
is Bell, and her outgoing personality
when he grows up.
sought at market as the public be-
of their diet and food selections. The
100 percent local from the start; Jamie even uses a local butcher based in
is apparent when witnessing Jamie
passed down. Jamie points to one
tent on getting all of the attention.
Ravenel to cut and package the meat.
Rett King won’t allow it. Her name
accompanied by his devoted border
and deafening set of pipes has made
As Jamie checks on his herd, he is
at Jamie as the herd does. The kind-
her while she licks the bucket in his farm, Sophie and her owner climb
back into the truck. The cows watch
as they pull away. Generations of
family has generated more than just
clearly knows how to raise every-
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FONTAINE’S OYSTERS AND EDISTO HARVEST On an oyster bank parked in a side
creek, not too far from Edisto Beach, Ashley Fontaine and longtime friend
Jimmy Skinner are picking through
oysters, filling their multicolored baskets with clusters they will take back
and sell at Edisto Seafood. Oyster harvesting is hard work. Harvest-
ers are bent over in slippery terrain
covered in sharp oyster clusters; one bad fall would result in a multitude of deep cuts full of pluff mud.
Dressed in protective chaps, boots
and gloves, Ashley and Jimmy sort through the banks looking for clus-
ters that fit the Department of Natural Resource’s guidelines for oyster
harvesting: one oyster on each cluster harvested must be at least three
inches long. Ashley and Jimmy are
Edisto with fresh local oysters. They
ters based on the size of their culture
fish and shellfish habitat very seri-
required by the DNR to reseed oys-
area. They go a step beyond the government requirements and reseed
throughout the whole oyster season. Their dedication to protect, preserve
take their duty to preserve Edisto’s ously. Their entire livelihoods come from these waters. If they don’t replenish and protect it, who will?
With their baskets full of bivalves,
and restore the natural resources
they load into their flat-bottom boat
in them since youth. Ashley and his
There they will spend hours pressure
around them is something instilled brother Barry Fontaine both come
from a long line of fishermen on Edisto. They both started harvesting with their father at age 12; Jimmy
started tagging along when he was 14. Ashley has turned oyster harvesting into a thriving part of the family
business that helps them get through the winter months. Ashley and Jimmy begin gathering oysters when the
season opens in the late fall to supply
and head back to the fish house. cleaning the oysters before bagging
them up and tagging them for sale. Edisto Seafood is well known for
offering some of the best oysters to
their customers. All of the oysters
they sell are harvested by Ashley and Jimmy, right here on Edisto. So
come in and buy a bushel or just a
few pounds and try a little of their Edisto harvest.
THE BROWN FAMILY AND FARMING EDISTO Few dirt roads are as iconic and
recognizable as the beautiful oak-
tree-lined Edingsville Beach Road. Situated about a quarter of a mile down you will find the George &
Pink Farm Market, owned and operated by the Brown family. The
Browns' farm has been cultivated
and pest control as well as finding
built the location was dominated by
without chemicals. He still honors
Long before the dirt-floor store was a giant tree locals called the Sugar Stone Tree, which had metal bins
and baskets attached to it and scattered around. Here locals would bring their produce to sell or trade for something they didn’t grow.
Today Robert practices a skill
new ways to protect and grow crops
the age-old tradition of crop rota-
tion for healthy soil management, and grows a large variety throughout the year. Collard greens and strawberries are grown through the
fall and winter; and tomatoes, wa-
termelons, squash, corn and beans in
for over 50 years. Today most of
taught to him by his father George,
Robert Brown. With the help of
and so on. A practice and skill
markets and vendors, but today he
for hundreds of years, Robert loves
family and friends with produce.
the farming is done by George’s son
George and the rest of the family together they cultivate over 25 acres all year long.
The location of George & Pink
Farmers Market has been a location to buy, sell or trade produce and wares longer than anyone in
the Brown family can remember.
whose family before him farmed passed down in the same family
farming despite its difficult times. He acknowledges it has changed a lot since he first started helping his
father as a boy. Now there are book-
keeping tasks, licenses for herbicides
the spring and summer time.
In the past Robert sold to various
farms only to supply the market and Robert professes his love of the art of farming, watching the crops grow and knowing the hard work that he
and his father’s hands put into it produce something wonderful.
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Mossy Oaks Farm 2986 Hwy 174
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electing the wedding venue can
enchanting footbridges that cross the
Dean understands how stressful event
couple getting married. The
oak limbs casts a truly romantic reflec-
his opinions on style or which vendors
be the biggest decision for any
Charleston, South Carolina area has been ranked as one of the top wedding
tion as the sun sets on the grounds.
Dean and Joyce offer many op-
destinations in America, with wedding
tions to couples inquiring about host-
joy the beauty and history that abounds
the most unique aspects is that Mossy
parties coming from all corners to en-
in the Lowcountry. Edisto has seen a particular rise in weddings and events ranging from the close and intimate to
massive multi-day affairs with hundreds
of guests. Finding that perfect place to
host an event on Edisto can be a chal-
lenge; venues are limited, book years in advance and very few estates are open to the public.
Mossy Oaks Planation was pur-
chased in 2012 by Dean and Joyce Hyatt. Situated on deep water and pre-
viously used as a working horse farm, Dean and Joyce, both horse lovers, de-
ing their wedding on Edisto. One of Oaks offers a destination-event facil-
ity, where wedding parties can stay for
planning can be. He doesnâ€™t dictate couples should use, but is happy to offer suggestions if the planners need
help with their big day. Mossy Oaks
can provide just the venue or create an all-inclusive wedding package to make planning easy.
Equestrians and casual horse lovers
a day or a whole week. Thereâ€™s a grand
will adore the barn and horse facilities.
available together or separate for the
barn, Mossy Oaks Equestrian Center
main house and a quaint carriage house wedding parties to use. In addition to
the houses, guests will have access to
the many fabulous amenities at Mossy
Oaks, including the pool and hot tub, pier for fishing, deep water dock and
outdoor kitchen. Mossy Oaks provides
an unforgettable destination for guests and hosts.
Mossy Oaks Farm is much more
Centered on a stunning brick-floor offers a brand new lighted jumping
arena, multiple pastures, turn outs and run-ins. Many guests come back and
bring their equine family members for
vacation as well. When the wedding schedule has an opening, one or both
houses can be rented, along with shortterm horse boarding for riders looking
to spend multiple days exploring the
cided to call it home. The estate covers
than just an amazing venue. Dean can
driveway takes guests through the pas-
established in the Edisto area. They also
mosphere for any affair, wedding, week-
expense the day of the event. Offer-
sure to visit their website at mossy-oaks.
a picturesque 28 acres. The winding
tures and past the equestrian facilities. Saltwater ponds wrap their way around
sweeping grand oaks that shade the
ponds. Spanish moss draping from the
provide couples with vendors who are provide tables and chairs at no extra ing no-pressure tours of Mossy Oaks,
many miles of trails Edisto has to offer.
Mossy Oaks offers a truly elegant at-
end getaway or family reunion. Make com for booking information.
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“A Fisher of Men” Matthew 4:19
aptain Buddy B. is a man on
awoke a changed man, gifted with his
and spread the gospel: in Af-
come to pass he will continue to serve
a mission to serve the Lord
rica and on the boat, sharing his tes-
timony every single day to lost souls. Captain Buddy B. found his spiritual calling May of 2012 and received two
visions: to be a disciple in Africa and to Edisto Island, SC 803.603.2781
two visions. Now that his visions have
the Lord on his boat and in Africa. Captain Buddy B. plans to go on mis-
sion trips to Africa every two years for the next twenty years!
Captain Buddy’s slogan is “Being
be a captain of the Edisto
on the water is a blessing; catch-
compelling account of his
isto Palmetto Charters in 2014 af-
Palmetto Charters. His
life’s journey recounts like
an uplifting screenplay. Captain Buddy B. found his salvation while on a fishing trip to Scannawah Island , S.C. For six hours he fought a spiritual battle
for his eternal soul. It was a night he would never forget. The next day he
Baptist Church of Swansea, South Carolina.
On this mission trip Captain
ing fish is a bonus!” He started Ed-
Buddy B. and the others helped over
ter realizing his vision of becoming
medical care, medicine and food, as
a captain. His second vision was to become a missionary in Africa. He
1,400 people receive much-needed well as sharing the word of the bible.
In addition to the charter trips, Cap-
accomplished this in September of
tain Buddy B. speaks at group meetings,
medical mission trip to Kenya with
has a CD of his full testimony available
2015 when he completed a successful 11 other missionaries from the First
halfway houses and churches. He also upon request. The CD was recorded
during an interview with Pastor Steve
Hall on the Christian radio station 99.9 WUCC. If you would like for Buddy to
speak to your group, please contact him. He also gives his personal testimony on each of his charters.
To contribute to the African Mission
Fund for Buddy Bizzell, donations can
be sent to: Bethany Baptist Church, ATTN: African Missions (Captain
Buddy), 125 Bethany Rd. , Orangeburg, SC 29115. The 2017 medical mission is scheduled for September. All funds raised
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“IT’S THE JINX,” SOPHIE UTTERED IN A LOW VOICE, HER TURQUOISE GAUZE SKIRT SWISHING AS SHE TURNED, THE SUMMER COLORS AND GENTLY FOLDED MATERIAL SO TERRIBLY OUT OF PLACE AMIDST THE DISASTER. “GOD HELP US,” SHE SAID. “WE HAVE ANOTHER SPIRIT.”
Edisto Jinx “Stow it, Sophie,” Sheriff Seabrook said with a fa-
therly chastisement, though the yoga instructor was two years his senior.
She stuck out her chin, undeterred. “I know what
I’m talking about. I’ve lived here much longer than you, Mike. They visit me. Move my things. God help them
She struck a pose. “I pay attention to the signs of the
universe, and if you don’t, you’ll experience more of this,” she said, swinging her other arm wide. “I’m a voice delivering the messages y’all can’t hear.”
Callie headed to the door. “We hear you.”
Sophie jerked her ringed thumb at the officer. “He
all, but they’re occupying my house!”
tained most days, but on occasion, a hint of reality gave
A gurney rolled out, Brea’s face and body covered. The
oddball view of humanity, and her way of being right
gold-beaded purse clutched to his belly.
Sophie’s metaphysical rants kept Edisto natives enter-
substance to her beliefs. Callie had adapted to Sophie’s about human behavior in spite of her naiveté.
Callie frowned. “So your house is haunted?”
Sophie’s long earrings brushed across her collarbone.
The screen door squeaked. The screen door squeaked.
husband dragged his feet behind them, his dead wife’s
A lump filled Callie’s throat, and she stepped closer to
Seabrook. “Where’d they find her purse?”
Grant clutched the purse tighter and paused. “Some-
“No, the beach. The deaths happened in several houses,
one found it under the sofa,” he said to her. “Under the
here.” She rubbed the porch railing. “I keep telling you
Callie, Sophie, and Seabrook stared silently at the
and along the water. All within a five-block radius of
people that there’s another world with a conduit to ours.
disrupting other souls with it.”
and joined the EMTs at the bottom of the stairs.
right now, and neither does this crowd. Neither does the
how a split second or a cruel shift of fate could alter
keep your soothsaying to yourself, please. We’ll inter-
she’d wished she’d been with Jogn to save his life, or died
Some spirit’s pissed, and it rears its head every August, Seabrook blew out hard. “We don’t need your hoodoo
tourism of Edisto Beach, so collect your Tarot cards and
view you and let you go home earlier than the others. That suit you?”
Grant dragged himself around, each step falling tired, “I’m sorry,” Callie whispered. She fully understood
life forever. In the days following her husband’s death, alongside him. Two hard years of self-doubt taught her that fate did whatever it damn well pleased.
C. Hope Clark deems herself a regular on Edisto Beach, having visited since she was a teen. Some of her best
friends are here, and she returns regularly to sign her books at the Edisto Bookstore. Someday she hopes to build on a piece of Edisto she still marvels is hers. Hope is editor of The Edisto Island Mysteries as well as
the award-winning Carolina Slade Mysteries, both set in her home state of SC. When she’s not making appearances or strolling the beach, she’s on the banks of Lake Murray in central SC. www.chopeclark.com
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Hidden Treasures Abound item’s past and origin with the enthusiasm of a true collector. The inventory
is forever changing and each visit will feel like walking into a new store. Most
items have price tags, some do not, but Robert prides himself on being ready
to make a reasonable deal with his customers so they get a fair price and he will accept payments toward big ticket items. This quaint shop does not accept credit or debit cards. Robert’s response
to questions about accepting cards is al-
ways, “They want 4 percent of my hard earned money, and they aren’t going to
idden in the small town of
Governor’s Mansion and hundreds
utes from Edisto Island,
vast workshop located in the back
Hollywood, just 20 min-
South Carolina, is a wondrous shop of antiquity. Robert Sarco has been an established antique dealer for over
30 years. The large storefront is easy to spot. With a 10-foot tall 19th century 6317 Highway 162
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figurehead from an English ship peeking out from
the double garage doors, its color and detail attracts
more than just the eye.
If the warehouse doors are up and the flags are out, proprietor Robert Sarco is at work welcoming customers and curiosity seekers alike.
In addition to his antique store,
Robert is a master woodworker and furniture maker, and is highly regarded
The sheer magnitude of inventory
of fine homes across the country. His
Robert has will awaken your imagi-
of the cavernous warehouse is a tin-
of retail space, Robert Sarco Antiques
ker’s dream. Hunched over the many
woodworking tables, the large vats for
stripping or one of the countless tools, you will find two or three apprentices working under the tutelage of Robert
on custom pieces or refinishing items bought from the store. Robert is qui-
etly passing along his craft as a master carpenter. The caliber of work and art-
istry that springs forth from his hands is shocking to our modern eyes, used to
mass productions and cheap materials. This workshop is where antiques and
heirlooms are born and where a true master artist lives and works.
This repository of antiquity is breath-
in the Lowcountry as one of the south’s
ing with the stories of the past. Every
His work graces the South Carolina
assured that Robert will detail each
finest furniture restoration specialists.
piece has its own history. You can be
nation. With over 5,000 square feet boasts one of the largest collections in
the Lowcountry. Winding paths take you through an endless assortment of
antique furniture, nautical items, glass-
ware, military relics, and objects d’art, baubles of all sorts and endless charts and plats. Glass display cases feature everything from Asian artifacts to
hand-carved trinkets made by slaves. Exploring each nook and cranny or
opening a box can lead to the discovery of a handwritten letter over 200 years
old, a box of records from Motown’s heyday or old photographs with patina
from age. Whether you are addicted
to antiquing or just looking for something unique, Robert at Sarco An-
tiques has just what you didn’t know you were looking for.
Unique Antiques & Collectables that bring the Lowcountry past to
“We have just what you
didn’t know you were looking for.”
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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 bestseller 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 much of the items the same but added things like the black-
he Sea Cow Eatery is a crowd
have a snorkel. This logo and others are
and residents alike. World fa-
ployees and sold to patrons.
baked on premises by Martha, the in-
little establishment is frequently filled
recipes still served today. The mustard
and Tammy’s original recipes along
anyone who frequents Edisto loves the
Toast, curry chicken salad, Cobb salad
favorite for Edisto visitors
mous for its stellar breakfast menu, this to capacity inside and out. It seems like Sea Cow. The Sea Cow might surprise
you with their delicious Lowcountryinspired lunch and dinner menus. You’ll
be sure to find a new favorite among their homemade specialties!
still on the T-shirts worn by the emLori was the creator of many of the
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 just a few examples.
Kontinos. They expanded the menu
and her then nine-year-
old daughter decorated
the diner using fabric
with whimsical cows on it. Lori designed the logo, and being so close to
the sea, she decided the cow should
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 sev-
Please stop in and join us for break-
originally located where
the liquor store is. Lori
house dessert chef, using some of Lori's
sold The Sea Cow to Tammy and Tom
145 A Jungle Rd.
Edisto Beach, SC
All of the pies and desserts are still
en days a week and features a pet-
to its present location. In 2001 Lori
March of 1996, it was
country boil and shrimp and grits.
In 2001 The Sea Cow was relocated
Established by Lori Fowlkes in
ened tuna, tilapia, Mahi Mahi, Low-
to include the Rueben, Philly chees-
friendly deck for alfresco dining. fast, lunch or dinner!
esteaks 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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EDISTO IS LOVED BY ALL WHO COME HERE. WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WHY THEY LOVE IT, YOU WILL FREQUENTLY HEAR STATEMENTS LIKE, “IT’S SO SLOW PACED,” “EDI-SLO,” “IT’S SO QUIET AND PEACEFUL,” “IT’S LIKE TIME HAS STOPPED,” AND OF COURSE, “NO ONE IS IN A HURRY HERE!” THE QUIET PACE OF EDISTO IS AN ATTRACTIVE ASPECT OF THE ISLAND.
Our current state of technology only
isto. Telephone service didn’t arrive on
keeps us moving faster. Everything is
S.C. There lies our occasional fix for
the island until around 1911–1912 and
wants or needs in two days with Prime
macies and the almighty Mexican res-
on the whole of Edisto, spaced out so
at our fingertips. Amazon gets us our
items not found, or medical visits, phar-
it only serviced four plantation homes
shipping. Food is delivered to our doors.
taurants. Living on Edisto is made easy
that anyone could reach a phone within
picked up to save time. Thanks to social
forget the good old phone.
Phone service was extremely expensive.
who with every moment of the day.
think about Edisto if you took it all
versity of South Carolina’s library show
ing through our air, allowing you to con-
phones on the whole island), no Inter-
franchises, and no hotel, and we like it
delicious omelets and pancakes . . . No
Even groceries are ordered online and media we know when, where, what, and
Edisto has a smattering of 4G float-
nect, work and stream, but we have no like that. In reality it is a rural island. We
today with cars, the Internet, and don’t Now reverse your imagination and
away. No cars, no phones (or only four
Contracts for phone service at the Unia subscriber in Meggett, S.C. paid $5
per month for phone service in 1909.
The conversion of $5 in today’s market
immediate way to access your current
would have provided a far different
ing pretty loud right now.
tomed to today. No documentation of
logical advances are pretty new to Ed-
could be uncovered. Meggett is one of
want or need. Those crickets are chirp-
the island was first settled by Europeans.
In the scheme of things our techno-
Most importantly we are a 45-minute
an hour in case of a major emergency.
net, no grocery store, no restaurants for
have working farms, lots of them. We have families that have been here since
car ride to the big city of Charleston,
is a $119 per month phone bill, which
quality of service than we are accus-
the rates for the early Edisto phones
our neighboring towns, so assumptions
are being made the price would have been similar here on Edisto.
With extremely limited telephone ser-
vice on Edisto, and electricity far behind,
Edisto saw few technological advances. Electricity didn’t reach Edisto until the
late 1940s and very few homes had it.
The 1950s saw a large majority of homes
still without running water, electricity or
a telephone, while the rest of America
was rocking and rolling to “The Ed Sul-
livan Show” and “American Bandstand”
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on home television sets.
The post office was centrally located
on the island at Highway 174 and Point of Pines Road, serving as a general store
and post office, as well as a meeting place.
They probably had one of the few radios
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on the island that the public could gather around to hear music, announcements
and radio shows. This was where you
came to learn about current events, news
and gossip. There was a community well
there, where people came from all over
the island as late as the 1970s to get fresh, clean drinking water. These trips to the
watering hole and post office would have
been few and far between, perhaps once
every few days for the lucky folks that
lived close by.
Traveling would have been by foot or
horse, either riding or by wagon. A short
trip that would take just a few minutes by
car would have been hours long, an allday affair. Going to visit or having visi-
tors was a big occasion and cause for celebration. The winter and fall, after crops
were harvested, were popular times for gatherings. It was common practice to
light a torch or fire in a metal cauldron
ing that lifestyle sounds romantic, laid-
to indicate you were open to welcom-
often wish for days gone by without
placed at the entrance of the property ing visitors. Sundays year-round were
back and simple is common. People
while having the time of our lives. It is
ever having actually experienced them.
job. In past years we’ve kayaked around
same sentiment. What if we took a
once we paddle boarded up the Com-
spent at the church. One of our locals,
Explore Edisto was caught up in that
on Edisto for hundreds of years, re-
trip to visit a few friends, just a couple
ing him that her family would leave
back? It sounded like a great idea . . .
Skip Sanders, whose family has been
members his great-grandmother tell-
the house at 7:30 a.m. by horse-drawn
of miles away, over two days by horse-
Presbyterian Church. Two and a half
HORSES, TRAVEL & GETTING DITCHED
buggy, traveling from the Jenkins Hill
venture every year to showcase the
With travel taking that much effort
spire others to get out and explore for
wagon for a 10:00 a.m. service at the
hours in a slow-moving, bouncing
Road Plantation, where they lived.
round us, and get satisfyingly exhausted
possibly one of our favorite parts of the
the island and beach for three days, and
bahee River, camping on the riverbanks,
totally surrounded by wilderness. These
trips certainly tested our physical abilities, at the end we were muscle sore, slightly sunburned and tired. Those two
trips based on the water gave me anxiety.
EXPLORE Edisto plans a big ad-
I was nervous about the tides, falling in
natural beauty of our island and to in-
thousands of types of accidents that can
the water and getting stuck. Any of the
befall someone in the water haunted me.
and time, we see the reason there are
themselves. We always spend a few
I can’t speak for my fellow travelers, but
to be within walking distance. Think-
the sun, the beautiful vistas that sur-
isto and pluff mud is in their DNA, I
so many churches on Edisto; they had
days in the great outdoors, soaking up
given that they were all native to Eddoubted they were scared, so I kept my
feelings to myself. I must add that we
took guide Meg Hoyle with us on these
trips. She followed us in her big skiff, a
protective shadow should we encounter
any issues. She was our safety blanket.
Venturing out on this new trip without her seemed OK until the first trouble
hit, and then we suddenly felt like little
kids who just realized they had ven-
tured too far from mom.
Our plan for this trip wasn’t to totally
recreate an 1880s travel experience. We
were not wearing period clothing, using
antique gear or leaving our phones or
cameras behind. We were keeping this Thousands of black birds swarmed a freshly tilled field. The clatter of their voices and whirl of their wings was deafening. The energy was overwhelming, and their numbers were so immense, it was a shocking visual experience.
simple and to the point. We purchased
maps that showed the old plantation
roads and back roads and searched for a
route that would take us from point A to
evening, we decided to put in a half day
in biblical proportions! They swarmed
The maps revealed there were old roads
trail. We arrived at Botany Bay Planta-
their ears and covering their whole bod-
Plantation all the way to Steamboat
Jupiter and Chance, ready to get started.
quitoes and they were huge! Like tiny
would travel through Botany Bay, fol-
closure of the details and situation that
tiple layers of clothing. My pants had
ging roads to reach Point of Pines Road.
my two horses we were riding. I love
from the countless bites, an experience
point B with a stop or two in the middle. and trails that went from Botany Bay
Landing, approximately 20 miles. We
low Rabbit Road and cross through log-
tion with our bags and reluctant mounts,
I’m writing this story with full dis-
unfolded. I am a horse person; these are
all over us and the horses, digging into
ies and faces. There were so many mos-
pterodactyls biting us through our mul-
tiny pinpoints of blood seeping through
From Point of Pines Road we headed
them both dearly, but hard-living work
I’ve never had before. Stopping for
ing toward our first stop, Cassina Point
scrappy horse, light in color, and about
get (literally) carried away. The trip was
north and turned up Clark Road, head-
Plantation, where we would visit with
horses they are not. Jupiter is a small, six years old. His personality is truly one
some good friends and spend the night.
only a mother could love, but he is brave
heading out Indigo Hill Road and up
He was selected to be Caroline’s mount
much as we tried to keep the journey to
perienced rider. Chance is an extremely
Day two of our journey would have us
and closer to the ground than Chance.
photos was nearly impossible, lest we gearing up to be a real experience.
As we finally made our way over the
dike and past the Beehive Well, we
turned left onto Rabbit Road. Dusk
for the trip since she wasn’t a very ex-
was rapidly settling in when we ap-
old roads, the cut through from Indigo
tall brown Thoroughbred, around six-
turn onto — only there was a problem, a
land and it was too dangerous to ride
and he and I have ridden many hours
flooding from a few months before had
as Jupiter, but tends to keep his cool
narrow and shallow ditches lining the
and water the horses was at Freeman’s
dogs. Both horses are ridden regularly
ditch, about three feet deep and half full
the trip at Steamboat Landing.
health; the length of the trip would not
Highway 174 to Oak Island Road. (As
to Oak Island was part of active hunting
teen years old. He’s a very stoic fellow,
through; the detour was less than five
together on the trails. He is not as brave
Hill Road, where our next stop to rest
around things, such as passing cars and
minutes.) Oak Island turns into Jenkins
Farm. From Freeman’s, we would finish
TWENTY MILES & TWO DAYS TO VISIT TWO FRIENDS We were excited to get started, and
and are in good shape and excellent
proached the logging road we would big wide problem. The extreme rain and
resulted in the need to dig out the once road. In our path was a four-foot-wide
of freezing December water. I hopped
down off Chance and told Caroline we
be an issue for them.
would have to jump across, then coach
on the way around three thirty on a
ropes. I attached Chance’s lead rope
Caroline and I were tacked up and
cloudy and brisk December day. Since
them over while holding onto their lead and jumped across the ditch. He stayed
knowing the fast pace of a horse’s walk,
we were a little late getting started, we
firmly on the other side. I tugged on his
We knew from looking at the map that
Botany Bay and ride straight toward
me into the water. I ignored the chilly
we didn’t anticipate it taking too long.
decided to cut out the long loop around
rope a little; he yanked backward pulling
the first leg of the ride would be the
Rabbit Road. Never in my life did I
water flooding my boots and continued
so quick on day one, and our host was
cember. Bugs were not accounted for in
at me like I was officially off my rocker.
fastest. Since the trip was going to be
planning a little get-together for the
at the office before heading out on the
expect the mosquitoes to be out in Deall of our planning and they were out
to try and coax him across. He looked
Jupiter stood off to the side pushing and
harassing Caroline for the fun of it. We
their pace. A light mist had started to
way upstairs, almost too tired to sleep.
again. Horses are herd animals, and I
ing through the dusk cast a purple hue.
and cold with a heavy wind blowing in
swapped horses, and I crossed the creek
swirl over the pastures. The moon glow-
The following morning rang in clear
knew if Jupiter crossed the ditch and
As we rounded the bend in the road, the
gusts across the farm. We got out of bed
follow. Jupiter leaped over on the second
out of the barn windows and doors was
cited to be on the way. We fed the hors-
with a fresh flood of freezing water in
beautiful, and we halted our journey just
back to the house for a warm breakfast
went on down the road, Chance would try. Back across the creek I went again
barn came into view. The light pouring
a fiery gold. The sight was stunningly
stiff from the ride the day before but ex-
es first in the morning, then we headed
my boots. Caroline crossed over and
to absorb the view. As we proceeded
while we waited for the temperature to
Chance to make the leap. It took exactly
the barn yard, we were greeted with a
the barn to get ready to go. Our hustled
get Chance to jump the ditch. I was out
experience we were searching for. The
the horses excited. The other horses at
trip would be ditchless.
hosts, and warm greetings. Wearily, we
began calling out and pacing around.
the trail, enjoying the beautiful expanses
the warmth of the barn. We settled Ju- around, ready to start.
evening brought the deer to life and
for the night with fresh water and hay
took Jupiter. Now I just had to convince
two cookies and Jupiter walking away to of cookies and praying the rest of the
We chatted as we headed on down
of marsh as it spread out around us. The
up the drive and made our way into
chorus of welcome calls. This was the
expected visitors finally arriving, excited
rise. After we ate, we headed down to
movements in and out of the barn got
the farm picked up on the energy and
climbed down and led our mounts into
Chance was on his toes, bouncing
piter and Chance into their paddocks
We mounted up and started out
of the barn yard, finally on our way. A
they occasionally sprang across the path
to munch on. They were relieved to be
horse off in the distance neighed loudly
herd came out one at a time in front of
lose whatever sense of self-control he
We made it onto Point of Pines Road
the towering plantation house, and we
tion under Caroline. He left her sitting
the sun dropped at an equally rapid pace. Glorious, cozy, warm air scented with
crashed to the ground. For dramatic ef-
in front of us. At one crossing a small
us, and we counted them like train cars.
done for the day and to explore their As a group we made our way up to
and took off running, causing Jupiter to
had. He spun around, vacating his posi-
without incident. The temperature and
were greeted with a blast of warm air.
Iâ€™m sure the horses found the breeze
the delicious smell of dinner cooking
thin layers. My toes had gone numb in
the plantation, Tecla Earnshaw, guided
miles away from Cassina Point.
glasses of wine and discussed our trip
Our trip plodded along. We were passed
ful evening of laughter, stories and a
goat, but otherwise our trip was quiet.
in our experience, and the surround- composure and stayed next to Caroline
to Cassina Point, excitement radiated
wound down, and guests trickled away
cooling, but it made quick work of our my wet boots, but we were just a few
in midair for a split second before she
fect the yellow demon pony reared up on
on the stove. Our host and owner of
his hind feet, eliciting a surprised gasp
us into the kitchen, where we enjoyed
pranced in place like he was taking part
from everyone in the group. Chance
in some hypnotic Jazzercise class. We
A deep dusk had settled around us. with the other guests. It was a wonder- had not been in the saddle for ten min-
by a few cars and encountered one giant
When we finally reached the entrance
through us, and the horses picked up
utes, yet today was getting off to a rough
delicious meal. We felt fully immersed
start. Thankfully, Jupiter regained some
ings certainly helped out. The evening
as she got to her feet. There were a few
for the night. We eventually made our
choice words and concerned questions.
We decided that it might be best to lead
Jupiter away down the lane and then
remount out of sight of the other horses.
With the horses mostly settled down,
and Caroline back in the saddle, we
headed for Indigo Hill Road. Jupiter continued to fuss, stopping for bites of
grass as he pleased. Our motley crew approached the corner of Indigo Hill
and Clark Road. “BLEEEEEEHHH!”
Giant goat saw us coming. His deep
bellow sounded like a machine gun
firing at us. Chance went weak in the knees with fear, and I heard Caroline
cursing Jupiter behind me. Calm voices
… Good boys … It’s OK … it’s just a
goat … I could feel Caroline getting frustrated behind me, but I was too ashamed of my chicken-horses to turn around and look at her. We rounded the
corner, unmolested by the giant goat.
We continued on down Indigo Hill
Road and Caroline told me she had a
feeling we were going to get attacked by
dogs. I silently cursed her for jinxing us.
We plodded on down the road. Jupiter had taken a real fancy to aggravating
Caroline. Cars were whizzing past us
Never trust a pony. Caroline back on her feet, and walking down the drive of Cassina Point at the start of day two after an unscheduled equine-assisted gravity check. Her
like we didn’t exist. One more aspect we
bruised tail bone from the fall pained her for weeks after the ride.
horses stayed steady, unfazed by them.
ing the dogs snarling and snapping at
readily obeyed in rural areas. The dogs
her, surprised at how fast she could walk. the horses and a quick rest. We used her
didn’t account for, rude drivers, but the
As most of you know, leash laws aren’t
saw us coming and they charged toward
us from their yard. I stayed close beside
Sara, we accepted her offer of water for
The rabid dogs faded away behind us.
big picnic table to remount and headed
their property line, barking and growl- A familiar house appeared. Miss Sara
ing wildly. Caroline dismounted off Ju- Burnell must have been watching out
piter so fast it made a cartoon noise! She
toward her house. Always glad to see
of her window, because she bounded
on down the road. We made it to High-
way 174 and decided to walk the horses
up the short stretch of highway to Oak
marched forward down the road, drag- out the front door, clapping with excite- Island Road.
ging her rotten pony behind her, leav- ment about the sad parade marching
Our journey down Oak Island was
uneventful, yet long, and we greeted the
end of the pavement and the start of the
dirt road at Jenkins Hill as a milestone.
The woods and homes melted away into
vast farm lands bordered by thick woods.
Off in the distance we heard a highpitched clatter. We emerged from a canopy of oak trees to the deafening beat of
wings and screeching from tens of thousands of crows. They swarmed overhead
in a black mass, swooping and turning in unison. It was an unbelievable sight. We
decided our bums needed a break from
the saddle and sat on the side of the road.
Jupiter stepped on Caroline’s toes, twice, for good measure. We trekked on down
the road. We were approaching hour four of riding, and the walk felt good.
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At some point we managed to get back
on. Our bodies protested, not used to
this much riding. Caroline’s tailbone was
paining her severely, but she was a trooper,
dealing with a brat pony and pain. Nei-
ther of us remembered Jenkins Hill Road ever being this long … .
As if we had conjured it by starting to
wonder when we would reach our next stop, we saw the driveway to the Freemans
and Elaine Freeman waiting for us at the
entrance. In the farm yard she had a water
trough full of clean water for the horses
and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for us. The horses drank their fill and Chance
rested his head in Elaine’s arms and closed
his eyes. Jupiter contented himself with
knocking things over between bites of grass. He really had reached his limit on
good behavior and was fully dedicated to being just horrible. I offered for Caroline
to switch horses, but she turned me down.
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I’d ride on ahead the last few miles, load
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FANTASTIC FINDS Prehistoric treasures on Edisto Beach Words and photos by Ashby Gale
ONCE UPON A TIME, IN A LAND NOT FAR AWAY, LIVED MAMMOTHS AND FOUR-TUSKED ELEPHANTS, GROUND SLOTHS 20 FEET TALL, AND ARMADILLOS SEVEN FEET LONG. SABER-TOOTH CATS, AMERICAN LIONS, AND PACKS OF DIRE WOLVES ROAMED THE GRASSLAND SAVANNAH, SEARCHING FOR A HERD OF CAMELS, BISON, OR HORSES TO PICK OFF AN EASY TARGET FOR THEIR NEXT MEAL.
Deep estuaries were host to myriad
anges, purples, yellows and blue-grays
puffer fish, sea robins, and drum fish
small nuggets of black gold are the fos-
species: sharks, stingrays, eagle rays, – all filled the waters of this ancient
land known today as … Edisto Island. Walking along the shores of Edisto,
the eyes are met with a wide array of
colors from the broken shells of various
mollusks. But, hidden among these or-
With the crash of every wave and the
are infrequent specks of black. These
surge of every tide, new fossil material
silized remains of animals from the last
but the main question is — why?
Ice Age, dating approximately 11,000
is constantly deposited on our shores, Turning the clock back 50,000
to 50,000 years old!
years, we find North America be-
WHY ARE FOSSILS FOUND ON EDISTO BEACH?
ice sheets, reaching their maximum
coming increasingly covered with extent approximately 25,000 years
ago. The global increase of glaciers
known as the continental shelf. The
many avenues, but here we’ll primar-
compared to 10 percent today) re-
60 miles offshore of South Carolina’s
tion, a fancy term to indicate that the
(30 percent coverage on land masses
sulted in a decrease in ocean levels, since glacial ice was composed of
ocean water precipitated out as snow. Though South Carolina never saw
any glacial coverage, summer temperatures were cooler by 13 degrees
Fahrenheit, and winter temperatures were 32 degrees cooler!
The increase in land from lowered
current coastline, was a vast grassland savannah with occasional clumps of
dense shrubs and scattered estuaries. These habitats allowed the diverse Pleistocene megafauna to thrive
without overcompeting for resources, and to spread across much of the continent.
As the last period of glaciation
sea levels resulted in land bridges that
slowly began to end, the planet
asia and South America, via the Ber-
bined with the changing climate and
connected North America with Euring and Pan American Land Bridges, respectively. Such bridges allowed
an exchange of animal and plant life across the continents that resulted in the migration of the Pleistocene
megafauna. With a minimum weight
classification of 97 lbs (44 kg), the Pleistocene
mammoths and their elephant relatives, ground
saber-tooth cats, dire wolves, short-
faced bears, camelids (camel and
llama-like creatures), bison, horses, tapirs, peccaries and giant beavers
and rodents. Some of these creatures
warmed, and the oceans rose. Com-
food availability, rising ocean levels, and the potential spread of disease, the Pleistocene megafauna faced one
groundwater within the surrounding sediments, leaving an inorganic copy
that we call a “fossil.” The first step in
this process is the death of an individual — bones and teeth must be pres-
ent before they can fossilize. Second, rapid burial shortly after death and before significant decay occurs is crucial in preserving most, if not all, bones from an individual. The most accepted
minimum timespan for permineralization to occur is 10,000 years.
The color of the surrounding sedi-
DETERMINE AGE! The color of a
from paleohumans, and even one
instance where the figure of a mammoth was carved into a limb bone
preserved by fossilization! Though still open to some debate, scientists
are convinced that one or all of these factors caused the extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna.
We can understand now why fossils
ate these land bridges, they also ex-
ing in from the ocean, but what pre-
extended oceanward, to what is
over time by minerals present in the
show direct evidence of butchering
Fossilized bones from mammoths
the Columbian mammoth!
posed vast expanses of land which
organic bone material was replaced
ment is then responsible for the color
HOW WERE THE EDISTO FOSSILS FORMED?
Not only did the lowered seas cre-
ily cover the process of permineraliza-
more daunting adversary: humans.
could attain weights as heavy as sev-
eral tons – up to 10 tons in the case of
uncovered land, approximately 50 –
from extinct giant creatures are washserved them for thousands of years?
The process of fossilization has
of the fossil. COLOR DOES NOT
fossil only comes from the sediment in which it was buried. Minerals such
as silica and calcite are common re-
placements to the original organic tissues.
After becoming permineralized,
the bones and teeth are dense and durable enough to withstand most
abrasion from the ocean waves and sand grains. Then, it is only a mat-
ter of time until a fossil specimen is
churned up from ocean floor layers and washes ashore for searching eyes to discover!
Another form of fossil commonly
found on Edisto is a trace fossil. These
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What animals are present in the Edisto fossil assemblage? The Pleistocene Epoch, which preceded our current Holocene age, is unique since many of the animal species found in its fossil layers are still alive to date. Further, if a particular species did become extinct, chances are, its descendants live on. The following is a general list of the animals found in the Edisto assemblage.
Beautiful Armadillo (Dasypus bellus) Vertebra
Saber-tooth Cat (Smilodon fatalis) Medial Phalanx Jefferson’s Ground Sloth (Megalonyx jeffersonii) Claw Core
Armadillos and their Relatives Some people get annoyed with today’s nine-banded armadillo rooting around in their yards, but imagine having the seven foot long Giant Armadillo digging up your lawn for grubs! Related to the armadillos was the glyptodont; clocking in at 12 feet long and 4,000 pounds, the glyptodonts truly were the armored tanks of the Pleistocene! The most common fossils from this group are their osteoderms – bony plates that made up the shells of these creatures.
Giant Ground Sloths While dodging a 7 – 12 foot long armadillo, beware of any hairy “tree trunks” as these legs belong to a giant ground sloth, the largest of which (Eremotherium) could reach heights of 20 feet! Ground sloths ate leaves and twigs off of the numerous shrubs scattered across the Pleistocene savannah, using their claws (ranging as large as 17-21 inches) to grasp the tree trunks and branches.
Canids, Felids, and their Relatives Any reader of A Game of Thrones can appreciate the existence of dire wolves on Edisto Island. These wolves were much stockier than the modern grey and red wolves, and the perfect predators of the horses, bison, and even sloths and mammoths living during the Pleistocene. Other predators joining them were the American lion, one of the largest felids ever to have lived – 25% larger than the current African lion. Of course, everyone’s favorite predator from the Ice Age is the saber-tooth cat, with saber teeth up to 11 inches long! exploreedisto.com
Sharks and Marine Fauna While the Pleistocene megafauna get much of the attention, our grassland savannah was segmented with numerous estuaries, playing host to various shark species and fishes, many of which are still alive today. Below are some of the more abundant fossil animals represented: • Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) • Modern Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) • Longtooth Tiger Shark (Physogaleus contortus) • Requiem Sharks (Carcharhinus sp.) • Lemon Shark (Negaprion brevirostris) • Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias taurus) • Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) • Whales (Order Cetacea)
• Puffer, Burr, and Porcupine Fish (Diodontidae Family) • Atlantic Stingray (Dasyatis sabina) • Cownose Ray (Rhinoptera sp.) • Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari) • Sturgeon (Acipenser sp.) • Drum Fish (Pogonias sp.) • Gar Fish (Lepisosteus sp. and Atractosteus sp.)
Megalodon Shark (Carcharodon megalodon) Lower Tooth
Modern Horse (Equus sp.) Upper Cheek Tooth
Rodents and their Relatives While many of our modern species of rodents and lagomorphs (which include rabbits) existed during the Pleistocene, larger individuals, such as the giant beaver, were also present. How large you ask? The giant beaver, Castoroides, grew up to seven feet long and 275 pounds! Remember, these creatures grew larger to insulate their bodies from the colder climate that existed during the Ice Age. Giant beavers had front incisors that stuck out six inches from their faces; talk about buck teeth! 2016-2017
Camels, Horses, Bison, and their Relatives Believe it or not, camels and horses actually first evolved in North America, prior to their migrations to other continents. Some of the earliest ancestors of horses (dating back to the Eocene) were only two feet long! By the Pleistocene however, horses attained the current size of modern Equus species bred today. Scientists are still unsure what caused the North American extinction of horses, while other populations lived on in Europe and Asia.
Elephants and their Relatives Of the herbivores, perhaps the most famous group includes the proboscideans. In fact, in April 2014, an eight-year-old girl proposed that the Columbian mammoth be named the South Carolina State Fossil. This bill ultimately passed, and one of the first fossil discoveries in North America became our state’s fossil! A molar belonging to a Columbian mammoth was discovered on a plantation, and while the property owner could not identify the molar, slaves on the property correctly identified it as belonging to an elephant, an animal they were familiar with in their native Africa.
are signs of prehistoric animals, sig-
density; like-sized items congregate
(steinkerns) of various mollusks and
likely to find a ½ inch shark tooth
nified by burrow casts, internal casts
external casts of fossil shells. While these fossils did not preserve the or-
ganism itself, solidified sediments show the form of the organism, or its habits.
HOW DO YOU FIND FOSSILS AND SHARK TEETH ON EDISTO? Black and shiny. Ask most fossil hunters how to find fossils, and these
two words are likely to be mentioned.
with like-sized items. You are more in smaller shell materials the size of
oatmeal flakes than you are among
fossils on the beach is that it doesn’t
line. Similarly, items with like densi-
ashore along every stretch of Edisto!
large oyster shells at the high tide ties are found together; small dense
fish mouth plates and shark teeth are
in the same material (low tide line
areas), while larger bone fragments, teeth, and turtle shell are more often
Indeed, the fossils on Edisto are pri-
or have a better fossil coverage, but
every section of the island holds potential for fossil material.
IN CONCLUSION …
to search the shore for fossil treasures
ber, color does not determine age!
Dolpin Inner Ear (Periotic)
However, general color variations do fossil hunter’s searching method. It
found along the high-tide line.
difference between a dark gray oyster
direct result of water dynamics. Even
shell and a black fossilized bone, but
Some areas may be more plentiful,
doesn’t take a degree in paleontology
deposit where they formed. Remem-
takes training the eyes to spot the
matter where you are — fossils wash
Anyone can be a fossil hunter! It
marily black from the phosphate-rich
become the driving factor behind a
Black Bear Canine
Most importantly, this sorting is a
if searchers are not aware of water
or gain the eye for identification. As
with anything in life, all it takes is an inquiring mind and a passion for dis-
covery to unearth these riches! So put
on those sandals or waders, grab a collection container, and hit the beach!
patterns, they are actually unknow-
ing experts on fluid dynamics! By searching in rivulets and gullies, fossil hunters display their understanding Tiger Shark Tooth
once trained, beachcombers become
expert in their ability to spot the black fossil treasures along our coast.
In addition to paying attention to
color, the average beachcomber must
also be aware of how beach material is sorted on the beach by size and
of how important water is in classifying and uncovering small fossils and
shark teeth. Even after tidally driven waves retreat to their farthest point
at low tide, groundwater continues to
seep out of the sand and down to the
Ashby Gale is a photographer and the
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food & drink | Edisto Beach The Waterfront Restaurant
Light(house), Food, Action dinner menu is delightful and fea-
tures a decadent array of inspired seafood dishes and appetizers, such
as Crab and Artichoke Dip with
House Made Pita Chips and Co-
conut Fried Shrimp with a Chilled Coconut Lime Dipping Sauce. The variety at The Waterfront is sure to please everyone in your group.
For large groups that don’t feel like
dining out but still want to enjoy The Waterfront’s food, make sure to order
cot Flowers, Edisto native and
her mark as well. With wildly popu-
taurant, has been feeding Ed-
all-you-can-eat specials, dinner, and a
owner of The Waterfront Res-
isto since opening the original location
in 2001. Born and raised on Edisto, the Flowers have been shrimping and
harvesting seafood on Edisto for generations. Scot is married to Susan
King Flowers, whose family is widely renowned as local
family-style to-go choice, The Water-
front offers dining options for everyone, seven days a week, no matter the size of
your party. All year The Waterfront offers an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Sunday, featuring southern cooking.
operate the King’s
is gaining in popularity among visi-
taurant proudly serves King’s Farm fruits, vegetables and desserts throughout the year.
The favorites and staples on the menu,
such as the Shrimp & Grits and Fried
Oysters, are a tribute to Scot’s mother, who was a fabulous cook. Since 2011
Head Chef Bethany Pankey is making
Farm Fresh Vegetables or savory She
Crab Soup helps you keep your group
fed and happy and takes the stress out of cooking. Make sure to call your orders in before 3 p.m.
In the summertime an all-you-can-
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such as the Lowcountry Boil, Fried
eat breakfast buffet and brunch menu
farmers and ranchers. They own and
Large platters of Waterfront favorites,
Recently voted Best Restau-
136 Jungle Road
Edisto Beach, SC
lar menu options for brunch, lunch,
from the family-style to-go menu.
tors and locals alike, and it’s not hard to see why. Lunchtime offers a fabulous and fresh salad bar and a wide
selection of sandwiches and burgers,
are served Friday, Saturday and Sunday ing favorites, breakfast and brunch
have rapidly become a crowd favorite on Edisto. For off-season breakfast and brunch hours, call ahead.
Make sure to visit A Shore Thing
as well as traditional seafood fare.
gift shop located inside The Water-
Sous Chef Scott Paschal are working
fashionable shoes, home décor, gift
This year, Head Chef Bethany and
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food & drink | Edisto Beach Whaley’s
The Best ‘Dive’ on Edisto
ostalgia blooms in the
spot of fabulous food. In May of 2007,
1950s, or beat the heat inside in a
cluding old gas stations.
nition of being voted one of the Top 25
the menu frequently, keeping it fresh
strangest of places, in-
Whaley’s blossomed in just such a place, taking an abandoned gas station
and transforming it into quite possibly the most quintessential beach dive on the East Coast. First opened as a
convenience store in 1948 by Marion Whaley and operated until his death
in 1995, the building maintains much
of its original character, including vintage gas pumps.
Owner Van Maxwell created his es-
tablishment from scratch in 2003, and
bit by bit, Whaley’s has become a staple 2801 Myrtle St.
Edisto Beach, SC
Whaley’s received the prestigious recog-
Seafood Dives in the country by Coastal Living magazine. It was a true testament to the dedication and devotion of the
owners, Van Maxwell and Lytle Prich-
ard, to provide great tasting and quality
food on this tiny barrier island. More recently in September of 2012, Southern Living magazine featured Whaley’s as one of South Carolina’s 10 Best Seafood
Spots and the Charleston City Paper
voted the establishment as the #1 reason to come to Edisto Beach.
Whaley’s offers visitors a tiny
booth or at the bar. The owners update and exciting while maintaining the staples and quality that people have come to expect. Traditional Lowcountry fare such as shrimp and grits or crab cakes will never disappoint. Patrons
can now choose between three differ-
ent “steamed pots” or create their own. The local shrimp, fried or steamed, can’t be beat. For the land lovers, the
Big Ugly Burger is an unbeatable favorite. Paired with the fabulous, fresh “raw fries” (think thin sliced and fried
to order potato chips), you will be de-
for locals and visitors alike.
glimpse into true island life, featuring
quirky atmosphere and
oke in the off-season (call for times).
great vibe and fabulous food, no trip to
the flowers and gas pumps from the
ing at Whaley’s.
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Paintings, Pottery, and a Passion for Art
ith These Hands Gallery has been charming guests
and residents of Edisto for
over 32 years with their unique handmade American crafts. Recently relocated to a
new storefront at the Edisto Center, 547
Highway 174, next to the Edisto Island U.S. Post Office, With These Hands Gallery is better than ever! Meander through
the exciting new store, and browse the walls and displays of wonderful art and
crafts. New artists are arriving all the time, handpicked by owner Carolyn Kelsey Wilson. As one of the top 100 retailers of
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the up-and-coming, superbly talented Beth Williams, to name just two of the local
artists whose work adorns the
walls of the gallery. Anyone
who is looking for art to display in their
glassware are ready to turn every home
into a gallery of its own. Those looking for whimsical décor or an interesting gift idea will be enthralled with the stained glass
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Each artist featured in With These
sure to entertain and delight all ages.
Hands Gallery is not sold anywhere else
thing that matches their tastes and style.
wish for a little memento of Edisto to take
artists’ individual style to shine. While
perspective of Edisto, rendered in an indi-
jewelry made from beach glass, seashells
home or business is sure to find someAround each corner you will find a new
vidual and creative design. The numerous
artisans featured in the gallery capture the very essence of the Lowcountry.
The exceptional paintings hanging on
the walls are kept company by a won-
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clothing and wood and metal sculptures,
occasion, such as birthdays, weddings, ba-
Patrons and visitors to the gallery who
with them will cherish the one-of-a-kind and gem stones. Wind chimes and picture
frames adorned with oyster shells bring
the beach to you. Locally crafted soaps and natural skin care, including the must
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try their specialty food items, such as the
on Edisto. Carolyn strives to allow her
she features many different pottery lines, each is distinguishable from the other. At With These Hands Gallery, you are
sure to get an individual piece of artwork to give, wear or proudly display in your
home. Make sure to stop in and look for
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walking the rest of the way. Another hour went by in quiet, with me occasionally
striking up a one-sided conversation. I
dwelled on our decision to make this trip;
it was all my idea. Perhaps not the best
one I’d ever had.
We finally reached the entrance to the
landing. No sweeter sight than my old
pickup waiting there for us. We were done. Finally. I felt like we had been gone
for two weeks. My brain was devoid of
thoughts as I went through the motions
of untacking and loading Chance into
the trailer. The crank of the engine was
like a modern symphony to my ears. I
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