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2017-2018

edisto

The Spanish Mount

A final look inside and a sad goodbye

Fossil Hunting in the Ashley River

Slave Cabin

A Movement from Tragedy to Triumph

Hurricane Matthew

and Edisto's New Beach


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Still Standing Hello 2017! Have we ever so eagerly welcomed a new year as we have this one? 2016 was chock full of crazy, and I, myself, am glad to see it go. The arrival of

Hurricane Matthew upon our shores was something that, while inevitable, we never wanted to see happen. We are so thankful it wasn’t worse than it was. Our mayor, the town officials and employees, volunteers and the National

Guard did an exceptional job getting Edisto back on its feet in record time.

While we still have some work to do at Botany Bay and the beachfront, Edisto is restored and as serene as ever.

This year we kept our feet on the ground and opened our minds to explore

our past. We spent the night with famed historian Joseph McGill of the

Slave Dwelling Project at the site of the former slave cabin on Point of Pines

Plantation. The cabin is now the centerpiece for the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. We learned about life outside of the “Big House” and what impact slavery had on our nation, as well as our island.

2016 also brought a lot of attention to our island’s deep history and prehistoric

legacy with the Spanish Mount Point excavation and the discovery of a

possible bison in a local creek. We journeyed out with Ashby Gale to discover

the past and pick up the pieces lying just on the surface of a creek. Fossils really

2017 EXPLORE Photo Contest Winner Ann Jones

are everywhere!

Finally, we added a new option for our photo contest with the addition of

Best Edisto Pet Photo. Congratulations to our winners, Ann Jones and Riley Davis. Riley Davis’s dog is featured on our Beach Rules page.

We look forward to Exploring Edisto in 2017 with you. May you all have a

stellar year!

Julie Gyselinck Editor in Chief

Do you have a great shot of our

favorite island or an amazing photo of your pet? If so, send your submissions (up to five per person)to info@

exploreedisto.com before January 15, 2018. Top picks will be featured in our 2018 issue!

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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ASSISTANT EDITOR

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ART DIRECTOR

Craig McLaughlin

Welcome to Edisto – Beach Rules The Spanish Mount Fossil Hunting in the Ashley River Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Slave Cabin Edisto Beach Map Edisto Lemon Drop Recipe Hurricane Matthew and Edisto's New Beach

craig@mclaughlin-design.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Caroline Matheny CONTRIBUTORS

Julie Gyselinck Caleb Wygal PHOTOGRAPHY

Vanessa Kauffmann Caroline Matheny Joe McGill Caleb Wygal

business spotlights Botany Bay Ecotours Finn’s Island Grill Edisto Seafood & Fontaine Charters King’s Market The Marina at Edisto Beach McConkey’s Jungle Shack Ella & Ollie's Edisto Palmetto Charters Fat Jack's BBQ Robert Sarco Antiques The Sea Cow Threads Quilting Retreat Single Shot Guide Services Walter Construction Company The Waterfront Restaurant Whaley’s With These Hands Gallery

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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!

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on Edisto like time on the

water. The waterways of the

Ace Basin surrounding the island are

an amazing wilderness to experience.

Teeming with wildlife above and below the water’s surface and as far as one can see, the vast ecosystem surrounding

Edisto is one of the largest in America. Botany Bay Eco Tours is the only

biologist-owned-and-operated tour

company on Edisto. Visitors will have

themselves at home and enjoy the ride.

guides to bridge the gap between

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ing to their roosts, dolphins and other

cessful, sustainable harvesting. Learn

an unforgettable trip aboard one of the Bay Eco Tours. Climb aboard for the Dolphin Tour, an hour-and-fifteen-

minute trip into the heart of bottlenose dolphin territory. Surrounded by

breathtaking vistas, you can experience

The tour guide will point out birds fly-

wildlife along the way while you sip on your beverage and unwind. The Sunset Tour is an hour and fifteen minutes of stunning sunsets and wildlife.

If getting to know the people and

and learn about the fascinating lives

history of Edisto is something you

Witness them playing games in the

Gullah Tour with Miss Sarah Burnell.

and habits of these intelligent creatures. water, chasing each other, jumping, and popping up to say “Hi” to people on the boat. Babies are frequently seen,

tagging along close to their mothers, learning to hunt. The guides with

Botany Bay Eco Tours will teach you

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are interested in, book a Growing Up Cruise along and sing old spirituals

with Sarah. Sarah was raised on Edisto and is a true Gullah—she speaks the language and tells humorous and

amazing stories of growing up Gullah

on Edisto Island. Learn firsthand how the Gullah kept many of their African

inexperienced fishermen and suc-

basic skills for fishing the salt marshes in the ACE Basin. Trips are booked in two- or four-hour trips for four

fishermen. This ecotour gets you on the water to sample the abundance

of the salt marshes and creeks around Edisto Island. Your knowledgeable

guide will teach you about the history

and habits of the local fish and provide you with an opportunity to catch your own inshore and nearshore species of fish, including: redfish, spotted trout,

summer trout, flounder, whiting, shark, and cobia.

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food & drink | Edisto Beach Finn’s Island Grill

Edisto’s Only Beachfront Restaurant and sometimes are such a hit they

become a regular menu item (looking at you, French Dip!). Coming off the beach? No problem. Finn’s provides an outside shower to rinse off your sandy feet. And fruity rum-based

bucket drinks will keep you in the island mood.

Dinner overlooking the ocean is

magical at Finn’s. With a great view from any seat in the house, enjoy

Lowcountry favorites like shrimp

and grits, she-crab soup, crab cakes, oysters and a variety of perfectly

cooked seafood options. Nightly

specials may be a hearty steak or a tender piece of fish, and certainly

will be delectable. You may even be

lucky enough to order Finn’s Shrimp Perlou — the winning dish of this year’s Edisto Eats contest.

After dinner, choose from daily

dessert specials, or enjoy an after-

E

disto’s only beachfront din-

What better place to enjoy your

vated . . . again. New owners,

attached to Finn’s Ocean Room? Ed-

ing location has been reno-

Peter and Shelly Rapnikas and Keith and Donna Siegfried, purchased the

restaurant and bar on August 8, 2016. Hurricane Matthew interrupted life

102 Palmetto Blvd.

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on Edisto Beach on

October 8, 2016. The

historic “Pavilion” was hit hard, but repairs

are complete and Finn’s is open for

breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Sunrise happens right at Finn’s.

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morning coffee than on the pier

islo Java provides coffee, lattes, iced

dinner drink on the pier. Charlestonarea craft beers, top-shelf liquors and popular favorites are available from the full bar.

With sweeping ocean views, a

coffees, teas and pastries. Breakfast

fresh and innovative menu, a fun new

cakes, omelets, eggs made to order,

that wants to provide customers with

items include egg sandwiches, panbacon, sausage, grits or homefries, and toast or English muffins.

For lunch, enjoy crab cakes, sea-

atmosphere and a top-notch staff

a great experience, Finn’s is a true destination on Edisto Beach.

Check the website (finnseb.com)

food baskets, sandwiches, burgers,

or follow Finn’s Island Grill on

gies, coleslaw, salad or baked potato.

pictures from your favorite beach —

salads, and sides of fries, grits, veg-

Daily lunch specials provide variety

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shopping | Edisto Beach Edisto Seafood and Fontaine Charters

As Fresh as Fresh Can Be

A

perfectly weathered and

the family business. It was his years

drawl and mannerisms tend to mirror

from a light pole, its once

him realize the call of Edisto was

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

at College of Charleston that made undeniable and 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 oysters, blue crab

white interior of Edisto Seafood and

and clams directly from the bountiful

the Fontaine family arrived on Edisto

customers. Over the course of a year

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,

3729 Docksite Rd.

Edisto Beach, SC 843.869.3446

who 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

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waters of Edisto to sell to delighted

they 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 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.

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The Spanish Mount A final look inside and a sad goodbye

Carved bone pin found at the site.


The Spanish Mount in Edisto Beach

Above left (from left to

State Park will soon be taken by the creek

right): Johann Sawyer,

has her way with it, a group of archeologists

Tamara Wilson, and

and will be no more. Before Mother Nature

from South Carolina Institute of Archeology and Anthropology are spending four weeks

excavating the Archaic (8,000 B.C.–1,000

B.C.) site to learn and document as much as possible from the ancient trash heap.

Dr. Karen Smith is leading the team of

archeologists and students from the University

of South Carolina on the excavation of the

mound. She explained to us that they have been brought in for “mitigation,” or one last good

look at a site before it is lost to natural or manmade causes. The Spanish Mount on Edisto

has been eroding into the river for hundreds,

possibly thousands, of years. In the 1990s the state park tried to protect it by building up a

seawall to block the river’s intrusion to the site.

The seawall is failing and the river is determined to take its prize.

Dr. Karen’s team is the first to inspect and

excavate the site since 1975. They hope to

discover pottery, animal bones and artistic items

the native people would have used in their day-

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Dr. Karen Smith, Brandy Joy.

to-day lives.

Documented by Spanish explorers in the

mid 1500s, the mound was described as 20 feet

tall and over 40 feet wide. Dr. Karen explains that grand description might be the result of

Above right: The

collapsing wall of the shell mound behind the failing seawall.

the perspective the Spaniards would have had looking up at it from their boats, and the fact

that the shell mound was created on top of

a natural sandy hill. The nature of the raised

geography the shell mound is on, along with

Opposite page left:

Looking for clues in

the excavation.

Opposite page right:

Flags mark points of

interest on a profile wall of the dig.

the bank erosion that allowed shells to cascade

down the side covering the sand face, made for

an appearance of a massive mound of solid shell. Major rains and more erosion during the

first week of the excavation washed out the face even more, revealing the actual baseline of the

shell mound. Far from the Spaniards’ estimate

of 20 feet high, what is left—that is the actual shell—is only about three feet deep.

So what does a team of archeologists find

when looking through a prehistoric trash

dump? What can garbage help them surmise day-to-day life was like? Quite a lot actually.

Much of what is learned about these early

people, from sites such as these, is done by

comparing the finds to similar sites up and exploreedisto.com


down the Carolina, Georgia and

and arrow yet. They would have been

team know what to expect, but the

or a small spear while hunting, and the

Florida coasts. Dr. Karen and her

excitement of finding the unexpected

is also there.

The people who left the Edisto

mound and shell ring were nomadic

a seasonal or celestial calendar for

using an atlatl for launching an arrow

meetings and trading.

tips would have been made of wood

fragment in the Edisto mound was

a hole or divot at the top to place the

crew. Soapstone is not local to Edisto

or shell. The atlatl is a flat board with

end of an arrow in, and then with a

The unearthing of soapstone

exciting and unexpected for Dr. Karen’s and provides proof of trade routes and

contact with groups far outside of their

within a localized region. Dr. Karen

fling of the arm (like throwing a ball)

rings appear every ten miles or so

of 150 yards. That’s the distance the

with distant groups, they were creating

around the time the mound was first

The art work on the pottery is detailed

reveals the fascinating fact that shell

the projectile could travel upward

down the East Coast from South

medieval long bow was accomplishing

were simply a community trash pile

discovered.

Their trash was mostly food scraps,

miserable. While decoding every

Carolina to Florida. The shell mounds used every time the nomads were here.

What was their life like? Not

home region. In addition to trading

pottery for heating and storing food. and highly skilled. The amount of

effort it took to execute the patterns on the pottery, as well as the “bone

detail of their Archaic day-to-day life

pins” (long slim pieces of carved bone

are still a bit of a mystery, with many

know some pretty interesting things

shows they had free time to be artistic

The typical portrayal of a prehistoric

small amount of garbage left behind.

craft.

other groups and migrated in regional

in the community areas through the

for a substitution of seashells and bone.

through the warm seasons and came

dug and filled with Spanish moss that

have had the technology of the bow

and winter. They must have followed

some broken pottery pieces, and bone

objects or shell tools. The shell rings ideas and theories about their use.

is impossible, Dr. Karen and her crew about these early people from just the

hunter-gatherer is of them using

They clearly were connected with

lack of stone in the coastal area called

areas. They lived in small family groups

arrowheads, spears and stone tools. The

Also these Archaic peoples would not

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together in large groups during the fall

used to hold or decorate hair possibly),

and express themselves through their

Mosquitoes and bugs were repelled

use of “smudge pits,” shallow holes

was lit on fire to smolder. The ensuing

smoke would prove undesirable for the

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bugs, and everyone could function throughout

the day and night in a bug-free zone.

They were a very accomplished group of

people with an economy and evolving culture.

The plentiful abundance of protein from the shellfish is without a doubt the reason for

their cultural advancement. Easily harvested food available in massive and self-renewing quantities allowed for free time to innovate

and create. They were very healthy and had a

Left: Shaded walk

leading to the Spanish Mount.

they have had to eat to get nourishment? Were they actually eating them or using them for

another purpose and discarding them after?

Right: Marsh view on the way to

the mount.

The discoveries, as fascinating and exciting as

they are, often lead to questions that cannot be answered immediately.

With all of their findings documented

and stored away, the biggest part of the study

has just begun for the team. Now they must

go back to the university and write up their

significant life span of 35 to 50 years, although

findings, classify and piece together the pottery

have promoted monogamy as a way to prevent

take weeks, months or even years, depending on

syphilis is that this is the one disease the Native

Soon the State Park Service will remove the

they did have syphilis, a disease that could

spreading the illness. Interesting fact about the

Americans gave the Europeans!

At the end of their four-week excavation, Dr.

and prepare it all for display. This work could

the scope of the project.

seawall. The fragile shell mount, already eroding

away, will fall into the waters below—nature’s

Karen and her group were pleased with their

version of pressing the delete button. What

as well as an almost full vessel that seems to

Without the support of our state parks and

the mound, bone-pin fragments with detailed

might never know. Keep exploring; you might

findings: extensive amounts of pottery shards, have only broken during its encapsulation in

designs carved into them and soapstone that

was possibly used for indirect heating of food

else could have been out there on our island? dedicated teams like the USC archeologists, we be surprised at what you find.

Today’s archeologists do not dig up or disturb

and water. The evidence of their protein-rich

native burials if they discover them. Should

crabs, shellfish, deer and, oddly enough, the

tribe is notified immediately, and they take

quantity of snails was particularly fascinating

you to Karen Smith, Johann Sawyer, Brandy

diet showed a prolific consumption of oysters, tiny marsh snails known as periwinkles. The

to the group, given the exceptionally small size of these individual snails. How many would

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human bones be found, a Native American

over the proper reburial process. A big thank

Joy and Tamara Wilson for letting us into their fascinating world of history and archeology.

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shopping | Edisto Island King’s Market

Fresh

from the

Field

K

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

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of the farm. Rows of

vegetables, berries and a wide assortment of

flowers travel a very short distance to the market place and to consumers’ plates. In addition to growing the

sought after Grass-Fed Kings Beef, Rett King. The beef sold at the

market was born and raised just a few

easy to do with King’s Market.

The market and farm are a busy

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 !

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The Marina’s team of Master Cap-

tains Jim Moose, Newton “Cookie”

Boykin, Daniel Seyle, R.T. Haithcock and Richard Barrepo (and sometimes 3702 Docksite Road

Edisto Beach, SC

Ship Store: 843.631.5055 Charters: 843.631.5065

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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

outdoorsman, we were provided

amazing information and interesting

facts about the ecological system and

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Cruise or a trip to

he revamped Marina at Ed-

boats for guests to enjoy, you are sure

Drop by the ship store and be

sure to say hello to Steve, Larry and

dual canopies and can

ing adventure. Featuring two new

ule or to book a trip.

25-foot extra wide

Carolina Skiff that is

isto Beach is geared up and

eat and drink. Come visit The Marina’s

few hours experiencing Edisto from tours are also available for longer

trips, such as circumnavigating the whole island, day trips to Beaufort

Milton and to find out what’s biting. 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,

or to a secluded island for a picnic

enjoy live music on the dock with a

Marina at Edisto Beach is open to

serves food upstairs and downstairs,

and an afternoon of discovery. The

all private tour and event requests. Looking for a grand entrance or

exit for a wedding? The Marina can handle that!

If chasing fish is what you’re after,

book a trip on the “Thirsty Fish.” The center console T-Top with poling

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 fish-

cold beverage. Pressley’s Restaurant

so come by, grab a bite and cut a rug.

This summer is sure to be an excit-

ing one. The Marina will host five

tournaments, including the return of the 2016 Edisto Billfish Invitational Tournament, which is the final leg of the South Carolina Governor’s

Cup Series. Internationally renowned 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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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

carpetbagger named Wright, who had his workers destroy the grave sites 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-

key was murdered in 1915. His murder

A

n Edisto Story … Long ago, Edisto Beach was known as McConkey’s Beach and the

“main drag,” now named Palmetto Bou-

levard, was called McConkey Boulevard. A Canadian family, the McConkeys,

moved to Edisto Island in the late 1800s

and bought a plantation originally named

built the mansion in the early 1800s, a three-story federal-style stucco home designed as a “single house,” which

Park, as well as all of the

land which is now Edisto

Beach. The plantation soon became

known simply as the McConkey Place.

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

day Edisto Beach State

have offered their opinions, and it is

another family and ultimately bought

acres including the present-

843.869.0097

Edistonians from previous generations

architecturally means the floor plan is

many disastrous events in and around

ing approximately 2,000

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already a sad one. William Edings had

Locksley Hall, encompass-

108 Jungle Rd.

Edisto Beach, SC

The history of this plantation was

was never solved, although many

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

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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food & drink | Edisto Beach

Ella & Ollie's 21 Fairway Drive Inside Wyndham

Edisto Beach, SC 843.869.4968

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R

estaurateurs Jackson Hatch

clean concept behind the bar, too. The

Expecting the fried seafood to be the

opened Edisto’s most recent

are both infused in-house, and many

location, their ingenuity and skill in the

and Brandon Rushing

hot spot, Ella & Ollie’s, in the fall

of 2016. Together they run the dayto-day operation with Katherine

Rushing, Brandon’s wife, and with an occasional appearance by the charm-

ing toddler namesakes, Ella and Ollie themselves. While Jackson’s wife,

Kelly, doesn’t work in the restaurant, he admits he couldn’t do it without

vegetable vodka and cinnamon whisky cocktails feature hand-squeezed and

muddled ingredients. The classic Bloody Mary drink is out of this world with the vegetable vodka, house pickled celery

and locally made mix. Saturday brunch features the Brunch Bloody Mary,

topped with shrimp, olives and enough accoutrements to make it a meal.

This creative trio is clearly having fun,

her support. Jackson, Katherine, and

and the atmosphere around the restau-

own restaurant on Edisto for many

showcases an arsenal of farmers, millers,

Brandon had envisioned having their years. When the opportunity pre-

sented itself, and with the encourage-

ment of the late Leland Vaughn of the Planation Golf Course, this duo hit

the ground running and opened the doors on a dream come true.

Executive Chef Brandon Rush-

rant is exciting. Each item on the menu

bakers and ranchers whose dedication to

Katherine have taken the fresh-and-

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Brasstown, is smeared with bacon jam

and presented on an artisan brioche bun with a tomato topper and Bibb lettuce.

Brandon’s goal with this favorite was to simply create the best burger he could

make, and many would say he achieved it. The braised short ribs, slow cooked

and fall-off-the-bone tender, provide a savory salutation of taste.

In addition to the world-class brunch,

take-and-bake meals, daily made sliders

ence a freshly caught entrée and pairings in a creative and delectable match-up. The lunch, dinner and Saturday

and main courses. Guests are invited

created especially for them. Jackson and

made with prime grass-fed beef from

each evening so that diners can experi-

Seafood dishes highlight the specials

Everything served at Ella & Ollie’s is

items, such as their house coffee blend,

few new favorites. The E&O burger,

lunch and dinner menus, patrons can

brunch menus offer a simple but

fresh and locally sourced, with many

kitchen shine with their creations of a

fresh, clean fare is as important as theirs.

ing describes his seasonal menu as

simple, but the flavors are anything but.

most requested items given the coastal

stop in to the market for an array of

and chicken sandwiches to go. They also offer select grocery items, craft beers, premium wines and local crafts.

Executive Chef Brandon Rushing,

creative mix of appetizers, sandwiches

Katherine Rushing and Jackson Hatch

to sit down and enjoy an indulgent

experience and atmosphere that capture

experience in the dining room or at the bar. Brandon and Jackson reveal the

best sellers on the menu surprised them.

have created a truly unique dining

the rustic glamour of the Lowcountry. Reservations are not required but suggested for dinner.

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AT A REMOTE LOCATION ALONG THE ASHLEY RIVER, about 45 minutes north of Edisto Island, Ashby Gale of Charleston Fossil Adventures hauls his kayak out of a brush-covered ravine and plops it into the water. The ripples break the smooth tension on the surface that had previously been a mirror reflection of the autumn leaves dangling above it. Casual passersby and residents are near, unsuspecting of what treasures lay beneath them.


The riverbank makes steps down into the water, marking its own

Park Service, gives us a crash course in

a playful tumble. On this day Ashby Gale is excited to get to a

of pebbles. Immediately, he’s pointing out

how to spot fossilized material in a field

flood lines, a subtle reminder that it is capable of far more than

artifacts. Letting us look for the distinc-

specific gravel bank a few miles down river from the drop-in to

see what the river has to reveal after Hurricane Matthew crashed through the Lowcountry just a few weeks prior.

Picturing the gentle river we are traveling down as more

than a navigable, albeit rocky, creek takes little creativity.

Deposits high in the tree line from the rising hurricane waters are visible around every bend. There is no doubt this little

river has the ability to rage out of its banks with a vicious force. However, picturing the water reaching hundreds of feet deep

and covering the land as a shallow sea all the way to Columbia, S.C., an hour and a half away, is a bit harder to imagine.

Clues from that time, over 30 million years ago, are scattered

throughout the riverbed. Much of South Carolina would have

been shallow seas and estuaries during the epochs between the

dinosaurs and the Ice Age. The fossils found from this location are sea mammals, sharks, fish, amphibians and mollusks. After a meandering trip through the shallow

and rocky Ashley River section, occasionally having to get out and drag our kayaks, we

arrive at a bend in the river with deep water to the

outside of the curve and a gravel beach on the inside. Ashby, a

paleontologist who once worked for the South Carolina State

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Ashby Gale of

Charleston Fossil Adventures holding a

Megalodon tooth. Top: More than a

tive outlines, colors and textures that give away the treasures located in direct sight. Once our focus hones in on what we are looking for, the gravel bed we are standing on seems to be teeming with fossils. We are plucking them from the surface

of the ground faster than Ashby can turn

handful of fossils

around to identify them. Identify them

on our expedition

from rattling off a multisyllabic scientific

these amazing

description of the creature.

were discovered

he does! Nothing we pick up stops Ashby

including

name followed by a common name and

specimen.

The two epochs of time that our fos-

sils come from are the Oligocene, 33.9 million years to 23 million years ago,

and the Miocene, 23 million years to 5.3

million years ago. Here we are, bent over

at the waist, in ankle deep water, plucking fossils out of the creek that are so old it’s almost impossible to comprehend

the time span since they were alive.

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We fill the pockets on our little aprons

with vertebrae, ray teeth, fossilized mollusk casts called steinkerns, turtle shell, an arrowhead, a few pieces of early

native pottery and countless sharks’

teeth, ranging in size from a grain of

rice to two inches. The varied species of shark fossils cover the spectrum of the times, except the one everyone wants

to find. The massive Megalodon shark tooth, the fossil hunter’s Holy Grail.

Growing upwards of 60 feet long with

teeth up to seven inches tall, the Megalodon, despite its colossal size, thrived in the relatively shallow waters along

the ancient South Carolina coastline. Evidence suggests they had nurseries

(full of terror), to raise their pups, in the very waters that once covered Edisto and the rest of the Lowcountry.

As millions of years passed and the

Ice Age freeze drew waters back, the fossil deposits changed. Each mile

marks a new era of species that once roamed the earth, all the way to the

shores of Edisto Beach. This is where

you will find the Ice Age fossils. Bison,

imagination

makes all the difference

mammoth and even saber-toothed cat fossils have been found up and down South Carolina’s shoreline. The next time you walk the beach, keep your

eye out for that smooth black surface

peeping up out of the sand—you never know what it might be.

No shovels were used in the fossil

trip we took with Ashby Gale and

Charleston Fossil Adventures. Digging for fossils with a shovel, or any me-

chanical removal of artifacts, is against the law and a very naughty thing to

do. For your own fossil adventure, or to plan one for a group or school demonstration, please contact Ashby Gale at Charleston Fossil Adventures.

Imagine living on Edisto full-time. With my background in marketing and management, I can help you make that goal a reality. Acquire your “Edisto Dream” of a permanent home, vacation home, or land investment. Whatever you imagine for your future on beautiful Edisto Island, my goal is to find the perfect match for you and your family. Sharon Bagwell

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outdoors | Edisto Island Edisto Palmetto Charters

“A Fisher of Men” Matthew 4:19

C

aptain Buddy B. is a man

have come to pass he will continue

Lord and spread the gospel:

Africa. Captain Buddy B. plans to go

on a mission to serve the

in Africa and on the boat, sharing

his testimony every single day to lost souls. Captain Buddy B. found his

to serve the Lord on his boat and in on mission trips to Africa every two years for the next twenty years!

Captain Buddy’s slogan is “Being

spiritual calling May of 2012 and

on the water is a blessing; catching

in Africa and to be a captain of the

Palmetto Charters in 2014 after

medical care, medicine and food, as

captain. His second vision was to

In addition to the charter trips,

received two visions: to be a disciple Edisto Island, SC 803.603.2781

Edisto Palmetto Char-

ters. His compelling ac-

count of 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 awoke a changed man, gifted with

his two visions. Now that his visions

fish is a bonus!” He started Edisto realizing his vision of becoming a

well as sharing the word of the bible.

become a missionary in Africa. He

Captain Buddy B. speaks at group

2015 when he completed a successful

churches. He also has a CD of his

accomplished this in September of

medical mission trip to Kenya with

11 other missionaries from the First Baptist Church of Swansea, South Carolina.

On this mission trip Captain

Buddy B. and the others helped over 1,400 people receive much needed

meetings, halfway houses and

full testimony available upon request. The CD was recorded during an in-

terview 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. In addition to his upcoming

trip this June of 2017 to Africa, Captain Buddy B has set the goal to raise $7,000 to build a brand new church in Africa.

All funds raised will go to support mission travels, orphan schools and church organizations founded in the name of Jesus Christ. To God be the glory and God bless.

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2017 Season March 30 – May 27 Thursday – Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

May 29 – August 12 Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

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November – December TBA

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A WONDERFULLY WRITTEN PIRATE ADVENTURE WITH LOCATIONS YOU ARE SURE TO

RECOGNIZE. A FAST PACED STORY, WITH THRILLS, EXCITEMENT AND WELL RESEARCHED HISTORY ON EDISTO AND THE PIRATES OF BLACKBEARD'S TIME. THIS NOVEL IS A FUN READ THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GO EXPLORING! — EXPLORE Edisto Magazine

A 300-year-old mystery from one of the world’s most notorious pirates leads to the adventure of a lifetime for two

friends — an adventure which could lead to fame and fortune, or to their deaths.

Deep within the archives at a museum in Raleigh, NC, Darwin Trickett makes the discovery of a lifetime: the diary

of Blackbeard’s wife and a folded treasure map tucked in its pages. He asks Lucas Caine for assistance in helping find the location marked on the map which they believe was drawn by Blackbeard.

Now, these two friends embark on a journey in search of treasure. They uncover clues leading them to several

locations along the Carolina coast while being shadowed by a group of mysterious men.

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The following is an excerpt from Blackbeard's Lost Treasure by Caleb Wygal. We hope you enjoy. Lucas had wanted to reach Edisto Island by first light.

He wanted to have the entire day to devote to exploring the area on the map and if everything worked out, finding the

mostly older people out for an early morning walk, jog, or bike ride.

As they approached a large sign for the resort on the right

treasure. As they put the bridge behind them and passed a

with an entrance road splitting two holes on the golf course,

reached down to the ocean as though God was dipping his

right was a squared two-story building with gray siding. The

grocery store, the sun broke through the clouds and its rays fingers in the water.

It promised to be a picturesque day. Perhaps they would

Lucas had Lynn pull into a parking lot on their left. To the sign above the door read “The Dockside Bar & Grill.”

To the left of that was a small building with blue wood

make history as well, Lucas thought.

siding covering the top half of the structure. The area below

behind a single row of oceanfront houses. Only a few vehicles

murals of shrimp, a fishing boat, swordfish, and crawfish

A quiet four-lane highway ran the length of the beach,

were out at this hour. Men going out to the beach to claim

their spots for fishing. Employees of the island’s large time-

share coming from off the island to work. Restaurant workers arriving to prep for the lunch rush.

The densely packed houses along the ocean to their left

the siding was made of cinder blocks painted white. Large

covered the front of the building. A covered entryway came

out from above the door with “Fresh Edisto Seafood” painted in flowy letters across the façade. A wood sign hung down

advertising “Fontaine Fishing Charters” in bold white letters. The restaurant’s parking lot was empty. The smaller build-

concealed most views of the ocean. From time to time,

ing had two cars parked in front of it. “Pull up right there,”

remembered seeing a few of these homes as he and Riddick

est folks you’ll ever meet. They love to have a good time too.”

Darwin spied green waves over the sand dunes. He almost cruised past this place the previous day. He was amazed to

find that there weren’t any large hotels along the water. He mentioned that to Lucas.

“Yeah, when tourists started coming to the island years

ago,” Lucas said, “the townsfolk kept it unincorporated. They allowed one grocery store and gas station. Everything else had to be small. No bright lights. They were isolated and

wanted to keep the quaint, laid back way of life they enjoyed unlike their neighbors to the north and south.” “Nice,” Lynn and Darwin both said.

Lucas sat back in his seat. “That’s why I like it here.”

After about three miles, the road narrowed to two lanes

and began to curve around the southern end of the island.

They passed the different areas of the sleepy resort complex and a well-manicured golf course rising from the marsh as they came about to the sound side of the island. They saw

Lucas instructed. “I’ve used these guys a bunch of times. NicDarwin practically jumped out of the car now that he had

a chance to stretch out from its cramped confines.

Alone in the car with Lynn for the first time, Lucas said,

“I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for us.”

Her smile made Lucas’s heart skip a beat. “Sure thing,” she

said. “I needed a break from the monotony anyway. Glad I could help.”

Lucas reached into his pocket and pulled out a wad of

twenty-dollar bills. “Look, here’s the five-hundred I said I would give you for bringing us.”

She took the money from his hands and held it carefully.

She almost cried. This was a lifesaver for her. “Thank you,” she said.

“No, thank you. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you.”

He noted for the first time that her eyes weren’t brown. Up close, they looked hazel …

Caleb Wygal’s writing career sprung from working for his uncle in a small office in Greenville, SC. During

periods of downtime, his uncle told him to “look busy” when clients came in to the shop instead of reading books.

His solution was to write short stories. He eventually tied this collection of stories together and added a few new characters to create his first novel Moment of Impact in 2006. In the fall of 2013, he started writing his third novel an adventure about the search for Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure using real places and events (released on April 28, 2016 by Black Rose Writing).

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Like many people, I was drawn to Edisto by its abundant wildlife and outdoors activities including hunting, fishing and boating. If you too are hearing the call to Edisto, put my more than 25 years of experience to work for you. Call or stop by our office today. Together we can find your perfect retreat.

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Slave Cabin A Movement from Tragedy to Triumph

A slave cabin was constructed down a long dirt road on Edisto Island, one of twenty, from accounts, lined up in a row. Simple in design and created from rough materials, it sat perched upon its wooden-and-brick foundation for almost 200 years. Its little porch was just large enough to sit on with one’s feet dangling toward the earth, and windows with only shutters kept out the elements, providing shelter from rain and wind, but little else.

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The ACE Basin: 350,000 acres

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Fat Jacks BBQ (27.1 miles) Robert Sarco Antiques (23.2 miles) Geechie Boy Mill (8.6 miles) King's Market (7.1 miles) Edisto Historical Museum (6.2 miles) Edisto Serpentarium (2.8 miles) Edisto Kennels (2.8 miles) Dr. Ann Jenkins (1.2 miles) Post Office (0.2 miles) With These Hands Gallery (0.2 miles) Edisto Bookstore (0.2 miles) With These Hands (0.2 miles) EIOLT (0.2 miles)

495 Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC ACE Hardware

Edisto Creations Edisto Beach Chamber of Commerce

SC Parks & Recreation Interpretive Center

Green Boat Discount Liquor 1st Federal Bank Edistonian Gift Shop

Burley Lyons Park

The SeaCOW

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Jungle Road Playground

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his little home that held

such agony and harbored

the torment of its enslaved

inhabitants stood steadfast as the other

documenting each piece of the cabin.

Every single beam and board was

carefully taken apart, numbered and

packed away. The restoration process

cabins rotted and crumbled around it.

would be an immense and lengthy

to be used elsewhere; others fell during

rebuilt at a workshop in Washington

for the NMAAHC, the owner of

the Point of Pines Planation gave

Explore Edisto and Joseph McGill permission to spend the night and explore the site of the slave cabin.

undertaking. The cabin would be

Camp was set up in a clearing on

storms. It was the only one left, as if it

D.C., plans for its restoration would

expanse of the North Edisto River.

endure from within. Alone it stood, in

wrapped and fumigated for bugs.

Some of its neighbors were dismantled,

a low bluff overlooking the wide

be drawn, and then it would be

Here we saw the faint remains of

a stretch of pine trees that had taken

Once the little house was deemed

plantation. At low tide, peeking out

yards and gardens of the occupants.

insects and organisms, it would be

wooden remains of what we were

to an actual home and stayed occupied

would be reassembled would be in its

used to hold live fish and seafood.

residents still live on Edisto Island

the NMAAHC.

and moved away or passed on, and it

The NMAAHC encompasses

had absorbed its strength and ability to

over what would have once been the

Here it transformed from slave cabin until the 1980s; some of its past

today. Eventually the family grew up

stood empty. The plantation, no longer

a profitable farm, became a vacation

home and hunting grounds. The owner and caretaker were the only ones to

pass by on a regular basis.

In 2010 the owner of the Point

of Pines Plantation gifted the cabin

to the Edisto Island Historical

Preservation Society. The goal was to

free and clear of wood-destroying

dismantled again. The next time it

new home, as the crowning feature of Opened on September 24, 2016,

400,000 square feet and showcases almost 37,000 artifacts and

the distance. One of those people

was historian Joseph McGill with

in Ladson, South Carolina. Joseph helping owners and government

slave dwellings and their history.

for the National Museum of African

Once a property is identified as a

(NMAAHC), which was under

Joseph organizes an educational

September 2016, quickly came to the

the night and see that there is far

curators and skilled carpenters arrived

than is taught in schoolbooks.

on Edisto to begin dismantling and

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the plantation’s inhabitants. Their catch would be brought back and

placed in the holding tank, which

despite their status as personal

agencies identify and preserve extant

rescue. On May 13, 2013, historians,

and harvesting from the river to feed

those unable to get tickets or travel

News media covered the opening for

cabin was too expensive for the little

construction and scheduled to open

the waterways, continuously fishing

type of ingenuity and skill among

McGill has been a key figure in

American History and Culture

It was the job of two slaves to work

thousands of people in attendance.

was widely celebrated with tens of

exhibition. It quickly became apparent

museum. The Smithsonian curators

told was a large deep-set wooden box

was filtered by the rising tides, then

The Slave Dwelling Project, based

that the cost to restore and move the

of the reeds and pluff mud were the

documents. The grand opening

move the cabin to the Edisto Island

Museum and restore it as a permanent

what was once a bustling part of the

easily retrieved at meal times. This

the enslaved was not uncommon,

property. Millions of untold stories

offer a broad and enlightening look

at the people who carried the weight

of a country’s success but reaped no

reward. These are the stories that

the NMAAHC and historians like

Joseph McGill are bringing to the public and slave descendants.

Around the campfire dug into

former-slave dwelling or location,

the sandy beach, with the black sky

evening, inviting the public in to stay

Joseph McGill spoke about his Slave

more to the history of the enslaved On the eve of the grand opening

revealing a cosmic glitter above us,

Dwelling Project and the difficulties he first encountered from the public and even many fellow African

Americans. Why would he want to exploreedisto.com


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explore such a horrible and shameful past? While

perseverance of historians like

the actions of slave owners were atrocious, we cannot

Joseph Mc Gill, a new light has

their descendants who overcame. These were not just

part of our history and culture.

forget the resilience and strength of the enslaved and

field hands, though most agree that the majority were,

but a population of millions with highly sought after skills

and abilities. Historic details, though rarely taught, show

that most of the large plantations were fully self-sufficient.

been shone on an emotional

History that affected and

Joseph McGill of the Slave

molded the future of this land for

Dwelling Project

everyone, no matter their skin tone, or

the year they immigrated or arrived in

Anything needed would be created on the property by a

America. Each of us must understand

works would have been broad and varied from region

around us. Without the full story of all

highly trained and skilled slave. Their knowledge in artisan

to region, and would have included jobs as blacksmiths,

the impact our past has had on those

of our people in our history books, we

chefs, engineers, seamstresses, weavers, master carpenters,

live a half truth and can never be whole.

built our past and their memory deserves our respect and

the public by sleeping in extant slave

huntsmen and harness makers. These people’s hands acknowledgment.

Tickets to the spectacular new NMAAHC museum are

sold out months in advance, and hundreds of thousands of

visitors have passed through its doors already. Along with the

Now that I have the attention of

dwellings, it is time to wake up and deliver the message that the people

who lived in these structures were not a footnote in American history.

Drink it all in...

Waterfront views. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Great coffees, smoothies & more!

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food & drink | Jacksonboro & Walterboro Fat Jack's BBQ

Getting Elbows Deep in the Sweet Heat

C

ranking open the top of

a ten-foot-long smoker,

Heath Jones and his broth-

er-in-law, Roby Causey, owners and operators of Fat Jack’s Bar-B-Que,

wave away the smoke haze to reveal

16 glistening pork butts well on their

way to bar-b-que perfection. Serious face takes over from the jovial mood

as Heath tends to the minute adjustments he is making to ensure the temperature is perfect.

Heath Jones and Roby Causey and

the rest of the Jones family have been bringing righteous bar-b-que and

mouth watering southern food to the Lowcountry for over 20 years. Now at their second Fat Jack’s location,

Heath, his wife, Lori, Roby, and Marim, “The Queen of Fried Chicken,” 16503 Ace Basin Parkway Jacksonboro, SC

843.893.2771

2122 Bells Hwy. Walterboro, SC 843.549.5096

are serving up all their

highly acclaimed dishes at the new bar-b-que

winners, smoked to perfection. Heath

arms and warm southern hospitality.

way 17 just a leisurely

house with top-secret recipes. Their

are not in short supply in this homey

buffet located on Highdrive from Edisto.

Guests will find they

can dine in or get their

orders to go through the drive-thru

for a day on the beach or out on the

boat. The buffet features a wonderful selection of fresh vegetables, homemade mac-n-cheese, fried chicken, hash, greens, fresh pork skins and

pulled pork. The bar-b-que ribs and pulled pork are both competition

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and his team create all their sauces in Carolina Mustard Sauce is considered by many the best in the state. Their pork is smoked for six hours

and pulled, never chopped. Diners

will need to grab a handful of nap-

kins, because after the first taste the

Friendly faces and happy customers

establishment. Once you have a taste, you’ll be back frequently. Catering for events is also available and a

perfect way to host guests to the Lowcountry.

Stop by, grab a plate, pull up a

bar-b-que will be flying and they’ll

chair and shoot the breeze with

and saucy hands.

amazing tour of the best bar-b-que

need them to wipe their smiling faces Open for lunch and dinner, Fat

Jack’s welcomes patrons with open

Heath while you embark on an

in the area. You’ll be fed like family and treated like friends.

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Where you’ll get treated like friends and fed like family.

Competition winning pulled pork and ribs

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Family owned and operated for 20+ years

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shopping | Hollywood Sarco Antiques and Restorations

Hidden Treasures Abound

R

obert Sarco is a master car-

much work it took him and his crew

town of Hollywood, South

to say most historic homes on the

penter located in the quaint

Carolina. With over forty years of

carpentry and restoration experience, his magnificent work can be seen in South Carolina homes, state buildings and universities. His expertise

in fine furniture and an-

6317 Highway 162

Hollywood, SC 843.452.7358

impossible.

tiques is unparalleled in

the Lowcountry. Finding a piece that Robert can’t identify or repair to its

original state is next to

Robert rose to his wide notoriety

after the devastation of Hurricane

Hugo tore a path through Charleston, devastating its historic homes and buildings, and within them

countless priceless antiques. Overnight his shop, which was located

downtown, was inundated with so

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years to complete it all. It’s easy

peninsula probably have some of his craftsmanship residing inside.

As the need to expand his work

space grew, Robert moved from the

downtown area to a larger work space just north of Edisto Island. Here he works with his crew, restoring and refinishing antiques of all kinds as well as creating custom heirloom-

quality pieces. Robert’s creative mind and carpentry ability span far outside your typical antique designs. He has

taken from an old train station, to

mahogany tables fit for a state dinner. Robert, on occasion, sells a few

unique items, but his business is mostly focused on creation and

restoration at this time, so please call before stopping by to browse. If you

have an idea of what you are looking for or wish to discuss a creative idea, he will be happy to help. Robert has

a wide network of spotters and pick-

ers for specific needs and items. If he

doesn’t have what you want on hand, he knows where to find it.

Make sure to call before you stop

restored and created custom furniture

by. Robert isn’t always at the shop

Modern and everything in between.

every day. If you need anything

from Moroccan to Mid-century

He is sought out for his work by many major restaurants. He’s built every-

thing from stunning antique sewing

machine hostess stations to whimsical rest room signs with working lights

and he doesn’t have the retail open refinished or restored, no matter the

size or age, or are looking to bring an idea to life, get it to Sarco Antiques.

Master carpenter, creative genius, restoration specialist.

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Restoration, Repair, Refinishing & Creation of Custom Furniture & Heirlooms that bring the Lowcountry past to

life

Specializing in

unique and custom furniture creations

Robert Sarco — ANTIQUES Shop (843) 889-1432 • Cell (843) 452-7358 • Hollywood • South Carolina


food & drink | Edisto Beach The Sea Cow

Moo-re Than Breakfast each winter). Tammy and Tom, along 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

T

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

have a snorkel. This logo and others 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 The

Toast, curry chicken salad, Cobb salad

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! Established by Lori Fowlkes in

March of 1996, it was

145 A Jungle Rd.

originally located where

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and her then nine-year-

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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

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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 seven

just a few examples.

days a week and features a pet-friendly

to its present location and Lori sold

in and join us for breakfast, lunch or

In 2001 The Sea Cow was relocated

it to Tammy and Tom Kontinos.

They expanded the menu to include

deck for alfresco dining. Please stop 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

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Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Local Produce and Seafood | Beer and Wine | Full To-Go Menu

145 A Jungle Road, Edisto Beach, SC Open at 7am daily! 843-869-3222

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RIVER C I T Y Quality Dining with a delicious view

Serving Dinner Daily

Visit our website for seasonal hours

Outdoor Dining & Live Music during peak season

Full Catering Menu please call for details

Licensed for commercial & residential construction River City Constructors is here for all of your building needs. Call today to schedule your appointment to view our model home on Edisto Island. We can’t wait to hear about what you are planning!

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Edisto Lemon Drop INGREDIENTS Two ounces of Vodka Half lemon fresh squeezed Half ounce of triple sec Splash of soda water DIRECTIONS 1. Combine Vodka and Triple Sec 2. Squeeze half of lemon, stir and pour over rocks 3. Add splash of soda water. Can also be shaken and served in a martini glass. Reduce recipe by half and leave out the soda water for a traditional shooter. Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.


lifestyle | Edisto Beach Treads Quilting Retreat

Bringing Women Together One Stitch at a Time From the rolling hills of Tennessee

Edisto Beach, SC

Murfreesboro, TN 615.714.8132

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to the quaint South Carolina beach town of Edisto Beach, guests will

find each location mindfully thought out for quilt or craft production.

Elegantly and comfortably furnished for relaxing while not working on

Nashville is what your group is

seeking, check out the Murfreesboro, Tennessee guest house. Fabulously outfitted and furnished, this home features four bedrooms, two-anda-half bathrooms and a detached

crafting studio, fully set up with work stations and much more. Located just twenty-five minutes from

Nashville and close to shopping, entertainment and dining, your

group will have everything they want at their fingertips.

Both Threads locations feature

equipment for quilting, scrapbooking and crafting with large ironing

tables, adjustable cutting tables,

individual stations and lighting for

evening sewing. A small quilt shop is located inside each home for extras

and forgotten items, such as blades, needles, batting and threads.

Make sure to check the Threads

website and Facebook page for

retreats and event dates. Full groups and open retreats are available.

T

hreads is a quilting-and-

those special projects, both Threads

the beach or in the mountains offer

locations for your perfect

everything you will need when it’s

new project with friends or in

crafting retreat offering two

group adventure. Established in 2016 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Threads has now expanded to its second

location at Edisto Beach. Threads is committed to setting the standard

for exquisite quilting-and-crafting retreats.

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Hosted by Kimberbell, events on

locations are fully equipped with time to get stitching! The Edisto

Beach location features a stunning five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-

bathroom luxury home. Table setups overlook expansive ocean views. An

a magical time to work on a special mother-daughter pairs. Learn new skills, share new laughs and relax

together with the support of new and old friends.

elevator makes unloading a breeze. If being near country-music city

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Building a new home on Edisto can be more affordable than you may think. Lot and 3BR / 2BA home packages starting at $350K.

Caretakers Cottage

1,200 sqft. open floor plan 3BR 2BA with master suit

Slo Boat Construction has been building homes on Edisto for more than 25 years. We are very proud of the homes we build as well as the relationships we build with our clients. Our success is built on communication, trust, and committment to our client’s dream. Contact me today to discuss your dream home.

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843.869.1822 102 Jungle Rd. (Next to BiLo)

Liquor Ice Machine!

16 lb bags or “fill your cooler” with 20 lbs for $2.50

2017-2018

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ALL-NATURAL BOTANICAL SKIN CARE PRODUCTS FOR OUTDOOR LIVING. NATURALLY.

EVADA-BUG: Naturally derived from plants, safe for the entire family. Works great on gnats, mosquitoes and all other insects. Takes care of fire ant stings too! COOL REX: Soothes skin stressed by the sun or wind with just one application.

HOT REX: Luxurious blend of 8 essential oils for an all natural skin moisturizer and tanning enhancer RUDY’S REPELLENT: Formulated for your dog’s delicate nose, Rudy’s keeps your pet free of flies, gnats, mosquitoes, and fleas!

naturallycharleston.com AVAILABLE ONLINE AND LOCALLY AT BI-LO • Edistonian • Edisto Marina • Edisto Watersports King’s Farm Market • Seacow Eatery • Serpentarium True Value • Wyndham Resorts • Whole Foods

Dr. Ann Jenkins CHIROPRACTOR

By appointment

843.270.9913 EDISTO 806-C Oyster Park (weekends)

CHARLESTON 1164-C Northbridge Dr. (Tues., Wed., Thurs.)

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Come Enjoy Golf The “Edisto Way” “An Emerald Emerging From the Rough” - Easy Street Magazine The Plantation Course at Edisto 19 Fairway Drive Edisto Beach, SC 29438 843-869-1111

Custom colors are our specialty Interior Home Painting Custom Home Painting Pressure Washing Drywall Repair Deck Care Cabinet Painting Dock Maintenance Concrete Stains & Finishes Ceiling Textures Removal & Replace

Preferred Quality Painting Shawn Saxton – Owner

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At Terry Hoff Construction, we strive to advance the art of building to the highest level with our combination of magnificent design, excellent construction and attention to fine detail.

custom homes • renovations • remodeling • commercial projects View our online portfolio at:

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call 843-869-9178 DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT & DELIVERY & Dinner h c n u L g in v r Se ! 7 Days a Week (in-season)

Pizza, Salads, Sub Sandwiches, Calzones & Wings Like us on Facebook for current hours and specials!

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Edisto Saltwater Tours, LLC is an Edisto Beach, S.C. based business specializing in boat tours that explore the beauty and wonder of the ACE Basin, and the inshore and near coastal waters between the South Edisto River and North Edisto Inlet.

Captain Phillip Albenesius is a US Coast Guard licensed Master Mariner (25-ton near coastal) with 40 years of experience shrimping, fishing and exploring the waters of the South Carolina coast.

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HURRICANE MATTHEW ARRIVED ON EDISTO BEACH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016.

Coincidentally, an extensive beach

Its slow crawl up the east coast was torturous. Voluntary

renewal project was already scheduled

evacuations of Edisto Beach were called nearly a week before

for Edisto Beach. The project began just

landfall and Mayor Darby issued the mandatory evacuation

a few months after the storm cleanup

Wednesday before the storm made land fall. On Thursday

was finished. By May, the completed

morning, the island was abandoned. Stories of gridlock and

beach renewal brought back more than

booked hotels began to appear on the news and on social

just sand, it brought hope, beauty, and

media. Then the storm slowed even more. By the time it

most importantly visitors. The photos on

scraped its way past Edisto and Charleston on Saturday evening,

the following pages illustrate the scope of

it was downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but arrived on a high

both the devastation and rejuvination of

tide making flooding and beach erosion major concerns.

our beautiful (again) island.

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Hurricane Matthew was a Category 1 storm when it made landfall on Edisto Beach on October 8, 2017 with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and a 6-foot storm surge. Approximately 300,000 people evacuated from Charleston and surrounding areas. Sand up to four feet deep was washed from the beach and deposited on Palmetto Blvd.

The renourishment started January 18, 2017 and was completed in late May 2017. The 900,000 cubic yards of sand moved to the beach is expected to last approximately ten years. The previous renourishment was completed in 2006. $17,022,780 was spent on groin lengthening and beach nourishment project. Hurricane Matthew added $5,000,000 to the cost.

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PROTECTING THE ISL AND WE ALL LOVE TO EXPLORE!

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust is so much more than preserving land. We are dedicated to helping protect, preserve and connect with our island’s natural heritage. Whether you’re a full-time resident or an annual visitor, you can help make a difference. Make a donation, attend the annual oyster roast or auction, become a volunteer, or participate in educational programs featuring birding excursions, gardening classes and nature walks on preserves. ECT. PRESERVE. PROTECT. CONN

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SEPTEMBER 1 ST, 2 ND & 3 RD

L ABOR DAY WEEKEND • Gates Open at 11am • Music Starts Friday at Noon and continues throughought the weekend! • Shag Competition Saturday at 6pm • Demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday

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outdoors | Edisto Island Single Shot Guide Services

Bringing the Outdoors to You

W

hile visiting Edisto,

take a moment to notice the abundance of

business, they are ready to plan your hunting and fishing adventures. Owners, Charles and Laura

wildlife and marine life our island

Yeomans, listen to what you are most

the fishermen come into the docks

the details together for you to create

paradise is known for. You will see with their plentiful catch from the

rivers, creeks and ocean, or notice the locals cast-netting in the rivers and

tidal creeks for shrimp and bait. Perhaps take a moment to hike through Botany Bay and you’ll come across one of the numerous

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flocks of wild turkey or

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tailed deer that traverse

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spot one of many whitethe island.

If you have ever

wanted to experience the Lowcountry sportsman’s life of fishing and

hunting, Single Shot Guide Services is the only call you need to make. A local family-owned-and-operated

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interested in experiencing and put

a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Don’t know much about hunting or fishing? Not a problem as Single

Shot Guide Services offers unparalleled instruction for all different

ages and experience levels. Charles is a highly skilled and professional

guide with over 30 years’ experience in the South Carolina Lowcountry hunting-and-fishing industry.

Not only is Single Shot Guide

Services Edisto Island’s only

hunting-and-fishing outfitter, what

else sets them apart is their ability to customize any number of combination trips. They offer a wide variety of fishing trips from creek fishing

for redfish, trout and flounder to the thrill of a Gulf Stream offshore trip for blue marlin, tuna and dolphin. Or maybe you want something in

between, such as an offshore bottomfishing trip for snapper varieties,

grouper and black sea bass. They

truly have all of your fishing needs

covered. Perhaps you would like to

take aim at a turkey, quail or deer in

the pristine woods of the Lowcountry. Just warming up to the idea of

hunting? They also offer skeet shoots and cookouts for something a little different.

Single Shot Guide Services of-

fers the widest variety of hunting

and/or fishing trips throughout the

diverse and beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. Let them show you

what our beautiful area has to offer through the abundant wildlife and great outdoors.

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Inshore Trips

Hunting Trips

Wide variety of seasonal inshore fishing trips including freshwater and saltwater adventures.

Choose from a wide variety of game hunting in the great outdoors of South Carolina.

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lifestyle | Edisto Island Walter Construction Company

Your Dream Home is Waiting

W

alter Construction Company has had a long and storied

presence on Edisto, with over 30

years’ experience. That longevity has established Fisher Walter as one of the premier custom home builders

in the area. Fisher is the third gen-

eration of the Walter family to work on Edisto, and he remains true to

his Lowcountry upbringing with his dedication to not only the customer,

but also to the craftsmanship seen in every home he puts his stamp on.

Fisher’s ability to take a client’s

ideas and turn those ideas into

vision of their dream home may

truly personalized home-building

the journey of the home-building

their dream home makes for a

experience. Having built many differing styles of homes, Fisher has 806 Oyster Factory Rd.

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the expertise to effi-

ciently guide his clients throughout the entire

home-building process, regardless of what the

be. As a builder and contractor,

creation of a home to be enjoyed for many years to come.

If you are looking to build your

process is not nearly as satisfying

new dream house or renovate your

Fisher truly embraces seeing the

Company can provide an unparal-

as seeing the finished product.

end result, knowing he and his

team of craftsmen have created not only a quality built house, but have fulfilled his clients’ dreams in the

existing home, Walter Construction leled experience. Integrity, honesty

and quality — words Fisher Walter strives to not only live by, but build by as well.

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food & drink | Edisto Beach The Waterfront Restaurant

Light(house), Food, Action

T

he Waterfront Restaurant

kitchen and front of the house,

the party. Sunday mornings offer an

Edisto natives, Scot and

were family. His fresh menu features

such as fresh fruit, eggs and sausage.

is owned and operated by

Susan Flowers. Scot grew up on the

water working with his family’s seafood business—you could say good

seafood is in his blood. But working the boats or storefront wasn’t how

Scot expressed his love of Edisto’s natural harvests. He preferred the

kitchen. The Wa-

136 Jungle Road

Edisto Beach, SC 843.869.1400

waterfrontrestaurantedisto.com

terfront opened in 2001 and is one of the longest-

running establishments on Edisto.

Originally overlooking Big 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 groups, cozy booths and a friendly bar for drinks and conversation.

Scot splits his time between the

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where he welcomes guests as if they local seafood and produce, much

of it cultivated on Susan’s family’s farm, King’s Market. Scot’s menu

was farm to table before it became

amazing breakfast buffet with items, Sundays also include a lunch buffet, which features a variety of Lowcountry favorites.

The family-style to-go menu is

a trend.

perfect for large groups that want

plenty of seafood options and Low-

cooking for so many. Put in an order

Guests will find the menu offers

country traditions such as savory

shrimp and grits, hearty she-crab soup and handmade crab cakes.

The specials each evening feature a wide range of seafood, prepared in a variety of succulent ways. Those looking for less fin will find deli-

cious burgers with toppings, such as

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

pimento cheese and bacon, divine

gift shop located inside The Water-

strip steak.

T-shirts, children’s toys, home décor,

prime rib or a classic-cut New York The Waterfront is open seven

days a week, with dining options

for everyone, no matter the size of

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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Locally Owned and Operated! 136 Jungle Road • 843.869.1400

Monday - Sunday Lunch: 11am - 3pm | Dinner: 5pm - Until

www.waterfrontrestaurantedisto.com Be sure to check out our

FAMILY S T YLE To-Go

MENU!

browse the collection at

A Shore Thing Gift Shop

located inside the waterfront

Family Atmosphere Nightly Fish Specials Steak, Pasta and Salads Kid’s Menu Large Groups Welcome Open Late During Summer Full Service Bar Take-Out Call for Breakfast & Sunday Brunch Hours


food & drink | Edisto Beach Whaley’s

The Best ‘Dive’ on Edisto

E

disto’s favorite beach dive,

grumpiest bartender.” Don’t worry, he

the week from home style country

2003, is excited to bring

cocktail!

watering blackened swordfish with

Whaley’s, established in

back some old menu favorites and in-

doesn’t really bite, and he pours a fine Summer hours are 11–10 p.m. In

troduce a few new culinary creations.

the off season, lunch is served from

Flip flops and sandy feet are still

p.m. and the bar stays open serving

Don’t worry about too much change. 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

843.869.2161

whaleyseb.com

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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-

Cajun 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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OF THE FAMOUS

TIMES LOCAL LUNCH 11:30 am - 2 pm

| DINNER 5 pm - 10 pm | TAKEOUT 843-869-2161 | 2801 Myrtle St. | Edisto Beach | whaleyseb.com


shopping | Edisto Island With These Hands Gallery

Paintings, Pottery, and a Passion for Art

W

ith These Hands Gallery

has been charming guests

and residents of Edisto for

over 33 years with their unique handmade American crafts. Meander through the

exciting 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 American Crafts, the variety of local and handmade art is sure to provide patrons with the perfect piece to take home.

Guests will find paintings and giclées

from renowned artists, such as Doug

Grier and the up-and-coming, superbly

talented Beth Williams, to name just two

of the local artists whose work adorns the gallery’s walls. Anyone who is looking for art to display in their home or business 547 Hwy. 174

Edisto Island, SC 843.869.3509

withthesehandsgallery.com

is sure to find something

that matches their tastes and style. Around each corner

you will find a new perspective of Edisto, rendered in an individual and creative

whimsical décor or an interesting gift idea

to buy one for yourself and a friend! In

kaleidoscopes. Handmade with vibrant

offers all-natural baby gifts, including

will be enthralled with the stained-glass

stained glass, in a multitude of color combinations and selections, these gadgets are sure to entertain and delight all ages.

Visitors to the gallery who wish for

design. The numerous artisans featured in

a little memento of Edisto to take with

Lowcountry.

jewelry made from beach glass, seashells

the gallery capture the very essence of the The exceptional paintings hanging on

the walls are kept company by a wonder-

ment of jewelry, glassware, pottery, cloth-

ing and wood and metal sculptures, which make a perfect gift for any special occasion, such as birthdays, weddings or an-

niversaries. A rainbow of Blenko vases and glassware are ready to turn every home

into a gallery of its own. Those looking for

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addition to the beautiful artwork, Carolyn heirloom rattles, wooden toys, one-of-

a-kind crocheted teddy bears and other

animals, quilts and smocked clothing for those special arrivals.

Each artist featured in With These

them will cherish the one-of-a-kind

Hands Gallery is not sold anywhere else

and gemstones. Wind chimes and picture

artists’ individual styles to shine. While

frames adorned with oyster shells bring the beach to you. Locally crafted soaps

and natural skin care, including the musthave Flip Flop Heel Helper, sugar scrubs and lotions, soothe. Also make sure to

try their specialty food items, such as the Southern Sass Spice, delicious dips and Sweet Tea or Wine Jellies. You’ll want

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. Stop in and look for that special

gift or artistic piece. You will be delighted you did.

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Top 100 Retailer of American Crafts

With These Hands is a collection of hand made crafts by professional American Craftsmen from all over the United States.

547 Hwy 174 • Edisto Island, SC

843-869-3509

www.WithTheseHandsGallery.com

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

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The backing you need for the future you deserve! 300 Robertson Blvd. Walterboro, SC 29488 (843) 549-2526

428 Highway 174 Edisto Island, SC 29438 (843) 869-9734

When you are looking to buy, build, renovate or refinance a home, look to 1st Federal. Our door is always open to share over 50 years of financial knowledge that will help you open doors of your own!

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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!

www.edistowatersports.net 3731 Docksite Rd. 843-869-0663


Setting the Edisto standard.

In-house linen service

Guest perks and discounts

Personalized vacation app

At Atwood Vacations, our focus isn’t on renting the most homes, but rather renting the best homes. We do this by providing top-tier service to home owners and guests alike. We treat each vacation and home like it’s our own. From our 24-hour emergency call and customer service, in-house appliance repair, online booking in real time, to our in house linen service and much more, we provide home owners and guests the best in property management. In other words, we set the standard, or as we like to call it, the Edisto standard.


In-house maintenance service 24-hour customer service & emergency call

In-house certified appliance repair

Real-time online booking

Complimentary departure cleaning

843.869.2151 866.713.5214 toll free atwoodvacations.com


Be adventurous, discover Edisto with

Dolphin Ecotours

Gullah/Geechie Ecotours

A tour with Botany Bay Ecotours will make your visit to Edisto an unforgettable event as you explore the rivers, marshes and beaches.

Also offering private tours of the: • ACE Basin • Morgan/Monkey Island • Harriet Tubman’s Raid Or go on an Island Safari to your own private beach!

Ace Basin Fishing

Sunset Cruises

Advance purchase required!

www.BotanyBayEcotours.com OR call 843-869-2998 Mention this ad for a discount! Discount Code: ATW

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