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Meet the Locals

The First Inhabitants of Edisto Island

Bonnie Lee Local Artist

Otter Island Surviving the Wild

Hutchinson House Home Sweet Home

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Chilled Out & Laid Back Welcome back to a new edition of EXPLORE Edisto. When I wrote last year’s letter from the editor, I hoped it was the only letter to you

where I wrote of a hurricane, but here I am writing that we survived yet another storm.

More shocking than two hurricanes in two years was this year’s blizzard!

Edisto and the Lowcountry were blanketed in deep snow for almost a

week. The beach and island accumulated about three to four inches with the

communities just off the island and around Charleston getting upward of six inches. It was certainly something we were stunned to experience and will likely not see again for a very long time.

Outside of our crazy weather, things have been the usual on Edisto. The

town has updated its golf cart rules much to the dismay of many. The Edisto Island Open Land Trust is working diligently to preserve the Hutchinson House, and after years of public longing, we finally have a Mexican

restaurant! All in all, I have to say things on the island are wonderful.

This issue we got our packs out again and went on another expedition

(after taking an adventure hiatus in 2017 — we were traumatized from the horse trip of 2016 that we still do not discuss). Going camping on Otter Island has been on our idea board for many years, and we finally got up

the courage to make the trip. We overloaded the boat with gear, almost

sinking it, prompting a concerned fisherman to ask if we were stupid, but

we were rewarded with the most dazzling sunsets and three days of peace for our efforts.

As always, I hope you enjoy reading about our adventure, learn something

new about Edisto, and are encouraged to find your own adventure!

Julie Gyselinck Editor in Chief

2018 EXPLORE PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS Congratulations Desiree Hoelzle (pg. 4) & Tessa Reed (pg. 6)! Do you have a great shot of our

favorite island or an amazing photo

of your pet? If so, follow us on social media and check out our website

( for information

about next year's photo contest. Top picks will be featured in our 20192020 issue!



isher Walter began building homes with his father on Edisto in 1985. Since then, Walter Construction Company has become one of the premier custom home builders in the area. Fisher remains true to his low country upbringing with his dedication to not only the customer, but also to the craftsmanship seen in every home he puts his stamp on. From a small creek side bungalow to a larger beachfront home, Fisher is able to draw upon his years of experience to efficiently guide his clients throughout the entire home building process. Fisher and his team of craftsmen strive to ensure the end result is not only a quality built house, but the realization of their client’s vision with a truly custom built home to be enjoyed for years to come. If you’re looking to build your dream home or renovate your existing home, let Fisher Walter and the team at Walter Construction Company create it for you.

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Caroline Matheny

Welcome to Edisto – Beach Rules Meet the Locals Bonnie Lee Edisto Beach Map Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett Book Excerpt Otter Island Hutchinson House ART DIRECTOR



Julie Gyselinck Ashby Gale Lindsey Brackett CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Caroline Matheny Ashby Gale The Hutchinson Family Edisto Island Museum Edisto Island Open Land Trust


Caroline Matheny


business spotlights

Botany Bay Ecotours 8 Edisto Seafood & Fontaine Charters 10 Edisto Palmetto Charters 12 King’s Market 20 The Marina at Edisto Beach & Pressley's 22 McConkey’s Jungle Shack 24 The Sea Cow 26 The Waterfront Restaurant 28 Whaley’s 30 Dockmasters 72 Higher Soul Self 74 With These Hands Gallery 76

EXPLORE Edisto is published annually by Atwood Vacations Real Estate, 495 Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC 29438. Please send letters and/or comments to We are always looking for contributors for our future issues. If you have an interesting story to share or would like to advertise in EXPLORE Edisto, please contact Julie Gyselinck. ©2018 Atwood Vacations Real Estate. All rights reserved.


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Thank you for visiting our beautiful island.

Welcome to Edisto!

We know how much the serenity of Edisto Beach means to the families who come

here year after year and for our first-time visitors alike. Edisto strives to care for and

maintain our beaches as well as keep our residents and visitors safe. Please make sure to

familiarize yourself with our beach rules, as they may be different than what you expect. Also note that the rules for golf carts have changed for Edisto Beach. If you are not familiar with the new rules, please visit the town’s website for a full understanding of the laws at


Enjoy your stay!

Edisto Beach prohibits the following on the beach: Glass containers Open fires Littering Motorized vehicles Motorized water craft Remember, there are NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY. Please swim with a buddy and never while intoxicated.

Sailboats on sand dunes or grassy areas of dunes Parking on sand dunes

Dogs off leash May 1 thru Oct. 31 and owners must clean up pet excrement Leaving holes on beach larger than 12 inches Disturbing or hanging items on sand fencing Disturbing, damaging, trampling or removing vegetation that stabilizes dunes


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outdoors | Edisto Island Botany Bay Ecotours

10 Years of Touring Excellence


otany Bay Ecotours is

celebrating its 10-year an-

niversary this year. As Edisto’s

only biologist-owned tour company, Botany Bay Ecotours is consistently

rated number one with Trip Advisor and was given their Certificate of

Excellence for customer satisfaction.

Their tours are full of amazing information on the delicate and complex

ecological systems in the ACE Basin.

The Dolphin Ecotours provide end-

less opportunities to observe the bot-

tlenose dolphins that call the estuaries and waterways around Edisto home.

The dolphins live and hunt in groups called pods, and you will no doubt

see them rolling alongside the boat,

hunting together in swirling circles or even witness them strand feeding on


If you are looking for history and

the shores. The dolphins of Edisto are

culture, make sure to join in on the

as it is a learned feeding behavior that

celebrity host Sarah Burnell. Miss

special in their strand feeding habits not all dolphin pods demonstrate.

Strand feeding happens when one

or more dolphins rush the underwater prey, pushing them rapidly toward

the shoreline. The momentum from

their waves deposits both the prey and the dolphins onto the shore, where

the dolphins gobble up

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their meal and wiggle themselves back into the water. You can

also witness the social

interactions of pods with calves and male-and-female mating activity.

These behaviors are just a sampling


of what you could see on a Dolphin

Gullah/Geechee Ecotour with island Sarah is well known for her rousing renditions of cultural songs and her moving stories of growing up as a

Gullah on the island. She speaks the Gullah/Geechee language for you,

Pack a blanket, bring wine and hors

d’oeuvres and sit back and soak in the

stunning Lowcountry sunset over the

ACE Basin. Relax and enjoy the view while you’re guided through the calm waters around Edisto. The blazing orange sunset lights up the marsh

grasses like gold, and the sky contrasts with glorious pink over the rivers. Make sure to bring your camera! Botany Bay also offers private

calls the dolphins up to the boat with

tours to discover deserted islands and

laugh with tales about farming and

Pine Island to explore the beautiful

a centuries-old melody and makes you fishing with her parents. If you aren’t familiar with the deep roots of the

Gullah/Geechee culture in the coastal Lowcountry, let Miss Sarah take you on a journey of discovery.

Sunset tours are the perfect way

to end a beautiful day at the beach.

wild monkeys! Book an excursion to deserted beaches, or charter a trip to

Morgan Island, AKA Monkey Island, to try and spot the monkeys swinging

through the trees. Whatever your level of adventure, Botany Bay Ecotours is ready to get you there!

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outdoors | Edisto Beach Edisto Seafood and Fontaine Charters

As Fresh as Fresh Can Be


perfectly weathered and

business. It was his years at College

drawl and mannerisms tend to mirror

from a light pole, its once

the call of Edisto was undeniable and

about themselves, they were more

hand-painted sign dangles

bright colors announcing their local

phone number and company name.

Whimsically painted crustaceans and sea life point the way to the bright

of Charleston that made him realize

that his career path had been laid years before. Clean and crisp, from the small front retail store to the large back

room and stretching docks, it is clear

the Fontaines operate a tight ship.

Unlike most seafood

distributors and retailers,

Edisto Seafood is stocked

primarily with local seafood. Outside of the occasional

Alaskan snow crab legs and

North Atlantic sea scallops, all seafood sold here comes

from no farther than Beaufort, just 45 minutes south. With

help from Jimmy and Barry, Ashley harvests all of the

directly from the bountiful waters of

the Fontaine family arrived on Edisto

Over the course of a year they will sell

Fontaine Charters. Started shortly after in the late 1940s, this family-owned-

and-operated staple is continued today

by Ashley Fontaine. Taking the helm of Edisto Seafood at the age of 23, Ashley and wife, Mary Evelyn, now operate Edisto Seafood with the help of his

brother Barry Fontaine and longtime

friend Jimmy Skinner, who

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also takes the helm of the

Marsh Hen for Fontaine’s

Fishing Charters. Growing up on the docks and

working side by side with his family, Ashley always enjoyed the family


oysters, blue crab and clams

white interior of Edisto Seafood and

Edisto to sell to delighted customers. over 100,000 pounds of local shrimp

caught primarily by Capt. Bill Smoak of the Sara Jane, Edisto’s last shrimp

boat. Conveying that massive amount of seafood to the public as well as

commercially, with just a handful of

employees, seems like an exhausting

task, but the quiet joy of working side by side with their closest friends and

family is apparent to those who walk through the door. All are welcomed

and treated with cheerful salutations.

Ashley and Jimmy have known each

other for so long that their Lowcountry

each other. Humble when talking

than happy to relay the other’s talents and strengths and speak highly of what each brings to the business.

Jimmy Skinner joined the family at Edisto Seafood at the age of 14 as

an “Assistant Crabber,” according to

Ashley (Confirmation of the title was not available, but sources indicate this to be true). A few years later while

both Ashley and Jimmy were working toward their captain’s license, Ashley’s dad salvaged a boat. The year of the

boat’s completion, Ashley received his captain’s license, and he and Jimmy were granted the newly christened

Marsh Hen. Fontaine Charters was born. Jimmy Skinner now captains the charter fishing boat and enjoys

creating a trip to fit each client’s needs. Getting to know his clients over the

phone or through email allows Jimmy

to plan the best trip and get them “lots of action.” Offering inshore as well

as limited offshore fishing, Captain

Skinner’s reputation as one of the best on the island is well deserved. From beginners to seasoned fishermen,

anyone who boards the Marsh Hen is sure to come back with plentiful

fish and a fish (or manta ray) tale or two. Edisto Seafood and Fontaine

Charters—come see what makes them so fundamentally Edisto. Be warned, however, time around this cheerful

group might make you rethink your day job.










outdoors | Edisto Island Edisto Palmetto Charters & Captain Buddy B.

Working for the Lord One Charter at a Time


aptain Buddy B. is a man

friendship with someone he met on

who have never fished before catch

Lord and share Jesus, in

founder of Uttermost Ministries in

lifetime of experience fishing Edisto

on a mission to serve the

Africa and on the boat, by giving his testimony every single day to

the 2015 mission, Dr. Ron Rowe, Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Norway Baptist Church

lost souls. Captain Buddy’s slogan

is in Endebess, and the Bethany

catching fish is a bonus!” He started

mately 17.7 kilometers apart. These

is: “Being on the water is a blessing; Edisto Palmetto Charters in Janu-

ary, 2014, after achieving his vision of becoming a captain. His second Edisto Island, SC 803.603.2781

vision was to become

a missionary in Africa. He accomplished this

in September of 2015,

when he completed a successful

medical mission trip to Kenya with the First Baptist Church of Swansea, South Carolina.

Captain Buddy returned to Africa

in 2017. He helped over 3000 peo-

Baptist Church in Saboti, approxitowns are located in the county of

Trans-Nzoia at the base of Mount Elgon on the border of Kenya and

Uganda. The churches are currently

fishing trip will be guided according

to the wind, water temperature, water clarity, the season and moon phase.

You are sure to learn as much as you want about fishing while on a trip with Captain Buddy B.

Fishing charters or sightseeing

year Captain Buddy is collecting

Landing aboard the helm of a 21-

completion sometime in 2018. This donations of used readers and pre-

scription glasses to take on the 2019 Africa Mission Trip, where he will

be dedicating the two churches. His goal is to take 500 pairs!

In addition to his mission work,

Jesus. Captain Buddy B. has also

ing his love of fishing and the great

churches in Kenya through his close

fishing habits and migrations. Each

tours on Edisto Island depart from

Captain Buddy B. is a devoted family

raised funds to build two Baptist

Island and years of documenting

under construction with expected

ple receive medicine, medical care

and food, and he shared the love of

their first fish on his boat. He has a

man who is passionate about sharoutdoors with those around him.

One of his biggest joys is having kids

Dawhoo Landing or Steamboat

foot Sea Hunt boat, the “Edisto Palmetto.” By utilizing these landings, Captain Buddy is able to navigate

the waters of both the North Edisto River and South Edisto River as

they flow around the island into the Atlantic Ocean. If you have been

thinking about chartering a fishing

trip or sightseeing tour while you are

on Edisto, make sure to give Captain Buddy B. a call. His family and kidfriendly charters make taking the little ones out for the first time a special treat.

For more information on

Captain Buddy B. and his Edisto Palmetto Charters, like his Facebook page: CaptBuddyB.

If you would like to donate glasses or

funds, please send to: Captain Buddy Bizzell, 6809 Savannah Highway Neeses, SC 29107


charters, llc "Being on the water is a blessing; catching fish is a bonus!� -Captain Buddy Bizzell

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Meet the Locals An up close look at the first inhabitants of Edisto Island By Ashby Gale

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

Dawn breaks and radiant beams of

sunlight spread across the salt marsh

and maritime forest. As the light ignites

the tops of the tallest live oak trees and palmetto berry clusters, one local yells,

“Peter! Peter! Peter!”

“Look at me! Look at me,” Peter replies.

Soon, others chime in by the multitude:

“Pity-tuck! Ha, ha-ha, HAA-HAAAA!

Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-ALL?! Conk-A-REEE!”

The story of Edisto Island begins

Green anole Anolis carolinensis

shortly after the melting of glaciers from the

Ice Ages, and years after the last mammoths and mastodons left the plains that extended

out from the mainland. Glacial meltwater

produced the ocean levels seen today, and

Edisto Island as we know it, came into

existence. Long before the first nomadic

peoples passed through the Sea Islands

4,500 years ago, the first inhabitants of

Edisto were not humans, but rather, the

birds, plants, and other wildlife that attracts so many people to the island today.

Loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta

These color-changing lizards historically gained the nickname “chameleons” thanks to their ability to change from chartreuse to brown to aqua! Despite this nickname, the chromatophores — color-changing skin cells — are nowhere near as sophisticated as their Old World relatives, the true chameleons.

Sea turtle tracks are a common sight along beaches in the Southern Atlantic, and help patrol teams distinguish the different species. Two of the most similar in size (loggerhead and green sea turtles) can be differentiated by the alternating stroke of the loggerhead and the simultaneous stroke of the green.

Characteristics: Size 5-8 in., lifespan 2-8 years, common throughout the piedmont and coastal plain of the entire southeast.

Characteristics: Hatchling size 2 in., adult size 36 in., 250 lbs, lifespan 90+ years, circumglobal range as a species, with nesting populations located within the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.


THE MARITIME FOREST: EDISTO’S FIRST HOUSE Our planet has many ecosystems that

are home to numerous species, but perhaps

Above from left:

Embryo Dune, Yellow Dune, Gray Dune, Established Dune.

the most unique of these is the maritime

Visitors to these beaches may notice

the advancement of the maritime forest

through dune stabilization, when viewed from the high tide line.

Embryo Dunes – Drifts of fresh sand

forest. By definition, maritime forests are

deposited on the beaches. Moved by wind,

that grow along the coast and its islands,

detritus left by previous high tides.

communities of salt-tolerant vegetation

gaining fresh water only through the

rain that falls on these patches of land.

Plants that inhabit the maritime forest

are distinctive in their ability to withstand

constant exposure to heat and scouring

dune sand collects among patches of

Yellow Dunes – Sea oats and other

plants begin to colonize embryo dunes.

Yellow dunes are the most commonly

recognized dune feature, iconic in their stature and picturesque nature against

from salt and sand spray: aerosols born

both sunrise and sunset.

influence of onshore sea

begin to grow amongst the grasses. During

from the crashing of waves and breezes.

Gray Dunes – Woody plants and shrubs

this stage, a vital addition is made to the

Least tern Sternula antillarum

Painted bunting Passerina ciris

Step carefully, least tern chicks are camouflage masters! Their speckled plumage allows this ground nesting species to blend in with dune sand, shells, and detritus while the parents are off foraging. So respect those bird nesting areas on the beaches!

The French call painted buntings “nonpareil,” which means “without equal,” referring to this species’ stunning plumage!

Characteristics: Size 8-9 in., wingspan 19-21 in., lifespan 15 years, breeding populations along the coastal southeast, Caribbean, and certain Midwest rivers.


Characteristics: Size 5 in., lifespan up to 12 years; pairs breed in Texas, the coastal Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida, and migrate to Central America and the Caribbean during the winter.


dune soil: mycorrhizae, a fungus that grows

other defenses to the damaging salt spray.

in symbiosis with the roots of a plant, which

A thick, waxy coating (called a cuticle)

from the soil.

as live oaks, yaupon hollies, redbay, wax

aids in the capture of water and nutrients

covers many of our native species, such

Vegetated Dunes – At last, the maritime

myrtles, yucca, junipers, and prickly pear.

forest in all its glory! Also known as a climax

This cuticle prevents the desiccating

distinct soil profile thanks to the decomposition

from reaching the plants’ interiors. Any

community, the maritime forest now has a

of organic matter that accumulates between

vegetation and exposed roots.

Once established, the maritime forest

begins to grow, but with one limiting factor.

Thanks to aerosols coming from the ocean,

Eastern screech-owl

salt that does stick is quickly washed away

by rainfall which rolls off the strongly

curved leaves of oaks and hollies, or the

stiff needles of pines, junipers, and yucca. The observant beachgoer may note

these forests end up becoming pruned by

that one plant’s growth is not affected by

the tops of trees are scoured, burned, and

palmetto, reaching up to 60 feet tall when

vertical growth. Meanwhile, lateral buds

honored as the official “State Tree” of

“Mother Nature’s knives.” Plant buds at

sheared by the salt spray, inhibiting much

salt spray: the cabbage palmetto, Sabal

mature! Even though this icon may be

on lower branches are more protected,

South Carolina, the cabbage palmetto is a

nutrients for growth. As a result, our

more commonly known to include grasses,

and consequently gain much of the tree’s

member of the Liliopsida Class of plants,

maritime forest takes on a sculpted, bonsai-

tulips, lilies, epiphytes like “air plants,” and

curving up to the canopy.

a few. Indeed, the simple makeup of the

esque shape, rising from the ground and These leaves are tough! In similar

fashion to humans putting up storm

shutters in the wake of an impending

hurricane, seaside plants have developed

Red-winged blackbird


phoeniceus Scientific names are not random! Scientists named the red-winged blackbird after the Greek agelaios, meaning “belonging to a flock,” while the species name is derived from a Latin word for “deep red.” Characteristics: Size 7-9 in., wingspan 12-15 in., lifespan 2+ years on average, yearround residents across all lower 48 states.


sodium chloride – good ol’ table salt –

of course rice, corn, barley, and rye, to name

palmetto means

that its only bud

(the terminal

bud) is protected

Eastern screech-owl Megascops asio

Wood stork Mycteria americana

Birds of the same species can have drastic color variation. These differences occur in what are called “morphs” of the species. Eastern screech-owls are known for having red and gray morphs, with only 15% of individuals bearing the red plumage pictured here!

A wood stork feeds by “tactolocation,” or the ability to locate food via motion receptors on the bill. By sweeping its bill through the water, a wood stork waits until it senses a fish to snap the bill shut in 25 milliseconds – the fastest reflex of any vertebrate! For comparison, the average blink of a human eye is 100-400 milliseconds!

Characteristics: Size 6-10 in., wingspan 18-24 in., lifespan 14 years, year-round residents in states east of the Rockies.

Characteristics: Size 3 ft tall, wingspan 5 ft, 4-6 lbs, lifespan 20 years, breeds in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina; the largest population is present in South America.

from scouring by its thick waxy

occur between larger islands and

in their homes as well, but this time

leaves, called fronds. The palmetto’s

the mainland – are vital breeding

they are joined by another local – a

network of stringy roots, reaching

warblers that migrate from South

blinds on their houses and parking

success is furthered by a dense

outward in every direction through

the soft, sandy soil.

At its climax, the maritime forest

plays host to a multitude of animal

grounds to many neotropical

America and the Caribbean to nest

For humankind, the wilderness may

and the last traces of light graze the

their presence does not go unnoticed

in the first fingers of offshore breezes.

wish for a future where continued

The sun starts to set on the island,

tops of the Spartina grasses, dancing

lifetimes within the diverse habitat

Visitors to the island are bunking

of the maritime forest. And yet,

“locals” aren’t the only animals to

their cars, settling in for the night.

here in the summer.

life. Reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds, and insects all can live entire

newer local. Humans are drawing the

down in their nests, while others

are climbing out of the rough surf,

be shut out from their abodes, but

by Edisto’s longest-lived locals, who

coexistence is possible.

Birds mentioned by call in opening

paragraphs, by order of “appearance:”

call our maritime forests home.

coming and going in the night with

Tufted titmouse, wood peewee,

that are isolated by marsh and

presence. The locals are stowing away

barred owl, red-winged blackbird.

Maritime hammock islands – those

only their tracks to betray their

summer tanager, laughing gull,

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shopping | Edisto Island King’s Market


from the



ing’s Farm Market is a

family-run farm consisting of a few hundred acres

on Edisto and Yonges Island. An

agriculture family for over 100 years, they have kept the art of produce and ranching as a legacy passed

produce, they also raise the highly

purchase at the market. With such a

fun and active market, situated

bred and hand-raised by Jamie and

to-table experience of your own is

down for many generations. Their on Highway 174, is

2559 Hwy 174

located directly on part


neatly cultivated fruits,

Edisto Island, SC

of the farm. Rows of

vegetables, berries and a wide assortment of

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

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

market was born and raised just a

easy to do with King’s Market.

The market and farm are a busy

few miles away.

place; you’ll see family members like

broad range of produce harvested

working the register, and Rett or

The changing grow season and

by Jamie and Rett keep the market full almost year-round. They close for a very short time in January,

after all of the Christmas trees and beautiful handmade garland and

wreaths are gone. Spring, summer

and fall, visitors fill their baskets with homemade desserts, tomato pies,

dips and entrées ready to cook. The

best pimento cheese sandwiches on Edisto are tucked away in the top

cooler and go fast as lightning. The

whole atmosphere of King’s Market

is a delightful throwback to the early 1900s, with coolers full of old-timey sodas in the glass bottle and an

Bonnie, the matriarch of the family, Jamie moving in and between the fields and market. Late summer

brings you-pick blackberries and

offers visitors the chance to go out into the fields to get a little taste

of farm life. Pickers are provided with a bucket and pointed in

the direction of the berries. The

blackberries, like all the produce at

King’s Market, are grown with very little pest control; you can eat them right off the vine. Make sure not to

get too carried away picking—these briars are huge and your bucket will get filled to overflowing fast!

Stop by for a quick shopping trip

interesting collection of historic décor.

or bring the whole family to enjoy

and fresh butter are also available for

experience itself !

Local honey, eggs, artisan cheeses


wide variety available, having a farm-

a real farm. King’s Market is an


Family Farming

Homemade Pies Cakes Casseroles Dips & Breads Soups, Salads & Sandwiches Gift Baskets Cut Flowers & Herbs 2018-2019

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food & drink | Edisto Beach The Marina @ Edisto Beach and Pressley's at the Marina

An Ideal Pair

the view while learning about the

island and its waterways, you’ll be

able to find the perfect tour just for

that. The Marina offers Sunset tours, nature tours, and trips to Otter Is-

land. Captain Cookie Boykin (retired SCDNR) and Captain Jim Moose

bring over 60 years of experience navigating the Lowcountry waterways.


he Marina at Edisto Beach

years of successful catering experi-

hotspot for many years. The

Bagwell and Brad and Maria Pressley,

has been a Summertime

partnership between the restaurant

upstairs, Pressley’s, and the ship store downstairs, the marina, provides lo-

cals and guests with outdoor dining, a full bar on the dock and live music.

While dining upstairs at Pressley’s,

enjoy fantastic food, gorgeous views of Big Bay Creek and a beautiful

sunset. Featuring all your traditional

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of top shelf bourbons

and scotches. The drink menu is full of fun

cocktails with hilarious

names, and casual island attire is perfect. If you

are planning a private party or social function, they also offer beautiful

custom catering, as they have over 30

a nice picnic to a secluded island and an afternoon of discovery.

Boat owners can rent slips for

renovation and adding new slips and

island, you will find a wonderful time waiting for you at the Marina.

Down on the docks at the newly

the water. Book a charter trip that

with 3 big-screen TVs, the best wine

taking day trips to Beaufort, or taking

of fishing, or just a night out on the

specials, delicious Italian cuisine,

salads. Pressley’s also offers a full bar

such as circumnavigating the island,

the day, weekend, or by the week.

dinner and drinks after a long day

remodeled ship store, you will find

sandwiches, burgers and beautiful

also available for longer excursions

ing experience. If it’s lunch after golf,

fried, broiled and boiled seafood fa-

vorites, they also offer amazing chef ’s


ence. The owners, Joey and Sharon

Private and special request tours are

everything you need for your day on will take you fishing or exploring

Edisto! The Marina offers charter fishing trips inshore, near shore,

and offshore. Fishing trips can be

arranged for first timers wrangling

The marina is undergoing a dock

extending the fuel dock as well. They have the only public boat ramp on

the beach as well as trailer parking. They currently have five fishing

tournament dates on their calendar as well as the 2018 Governor’s Cup Bill Fishing Tournament in July. Fishing, fun, food or just a great time, you’ll find it all at the Marina on Edisto and Pressley’s at the Marina!

their first shark in the sound, or salty hands going after trout and spot tail

bass. Fishing Captains Rich Barretto and RT Haithcock bring aboard a lifetime of fishing experience and

tricks of the trade. If you want to be

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food & drink | Edisto Beach McConkey’s Jungle Shack

A Beach Restaurant with Spunk of diphtheria within a single week and

all of this occurred before the McCon-

keys lived here! After the Civil War the

Edings family never returned to Locksley Hall and the plantation was taken

over by a carpetbagger named Wright, who had his workers destroy the grave sites of four generations of the Ed-

ings family buried on the plantation grounds.

The tragedies continued with the

McConkeys. James McConkey died under “mysterious circumstances” in

1892. Erina McConkey, according to legend, committed suicide in 1904.

Jane McConkey burned to death in a

kitchen fire in 1912 and John McCon-


n Edisto Story … Long ago,

as the McConkey Place.

as McConkey’s Beach and

already a sad one. William Edings had

Edisto Beach was known

the “main drag,” now named Palmetto Boulevard, was called McConkey Boulevard.

A Canadian family, the McConkeys,

moved to Edisto Island in the late

1800s and bought a plantation origi-

three-story federal-style stucco home designed as a “single house,” which

Edisto Beach State

Park, as well as all of the

land which is now Edisto Beach. The

plantation soon became known simply

have offered their opinions, and it is

commonly believed the killer is known but was never prosecuted.

The place was then owned by

The Edings family experienced so

mains in that family to this day. Even

one room deep.

as “the house of tragedy.” Edings’s first

including the present-day

Edistonians from previous generations

another family and ultimately bought

proximately 2,000 acres


was never solved, although many

architecturally means the floor plan is

many disastrous events in and around

Hall, encompassing ap-

built the mansion in the early 1800s, a

nally named Locksley

108 Jungle Rd.

Edisto Beach, SC

The history of this plantation was

key was murdered in 1915. His murder

the home that the place became known wife died in childbirth and is buried at the foot of the veranda stairs. The son

she bore committed suicide; an adopted son accidentally killed his nanny and

then himself; two young daughters died

by Navy Admiral Murphy and re-

though every self-respecting family

on this island embraces its residential ghosts, the present owner of the

plantation (now known as Seaside) reports no “unusual” events.

Story compiled by Marie of the Pink Van Tour 843-603-0967.

You can be certain that you will eat delicious food and drink ice cold tea and beer at McConkey’s year-round, but you will also get a dose of

Edisto’s colorful history when you learn about the restaurant’s namesake. And for the record … no one at McConkey’s is related to the family.

The owners were brainstorming a name while reading some Edisto history and thought the name would be a fun throwback to a century past.


McConkey’s Cheeseburgers Chili Dogs Quesadillas Fried Seafood Wings & Fingers Greek Pitas Fried Mushrooms Onion Rings Wraps & Salads Cold Beer & Wine Homemade Desserts & More!

Jungle Shack

843-869-0097 108 Jungle Road (Next to Bi-Lo)

Hours: 11am - Until find us on...

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food & drink | Edisto Beach The Sea Cow

Moo-re Than Breakfast with their children, Athena and

John, started serving dinner in the

summer months. The Mixed Grill is a Lowcountry stir-fry with shrimp, chicken and smoked sausage and is still a best seller on the menu.

Today The Sea Cow is owned and

operated by Lisa and Doug White.

They purchased The Sea Cow in 2007. On their first visit to Edisto and The Sea Cow, they knew it was the place for them! Soon they renovated the

kitchens so they could better serve a full dinner menu. They kept many of the

items the same but added things like


he Sea Cow Eatery has been

to the sea, she decided the cow should

visitors and residents alike

are still on the T-shirts worn by the

a crowd favorite for Edisto

for over twenty years. World famous

for its stellar breakfast menu, this little

employees and sold to patrons.

Lori was the creator of many of the

establishment is frequently filled to

recipes still served today. The mustard

anyone who frequents Edisto loves

Toast, curry chicken salad, Cobb salad

capacity inside and out. It seems like The Sea Cow. The Sea Cow might surprise you with their delicious

Lowcountry-inspired lunch and

dinner menus. You’ll be sure to find a new favorite among their homemade specialties!

Established by Lori Fowlkes in

March of 1996, it was

145 A Jungle Rd.

originally located where


and her then nine-year-

Edisto Beach, SC

the liquor store is. Lori

old daughter decorated the diner using fabric

with whimsical cows on it. Lori

designed the logo, and being so close


have a snorkel. This logo and others

tarragon dressing, Moo La La French and John’s Omelet (a tribute to her

brother-in-law who always ordered a huge omelet with all the fillings) are

the blackened tuna, tilapia, mahi-mahi, Lowcountry boil and shrimp and grits. All of the pies and desserts are still

baked on premises by Martha, the in-

house dessert chef, using some of Lori’s and Tammy’s original recipes along

with some of her own creations. They regularly feature cheesecakes, giant

cookies, key lime pie, peanut butter silk

pie, and almond joy and bourbon pecan pie. Make sure to save room for dessert! The Sea Cow Eatery is open

just a few examples.

seven days a week and features

to its present location and Lori sold

dining. Please stop in and join us for

In 2001 The Sea Cow was relocated

it to Tammy and Tom Kontinos.

They expanded the menu to include

a pet-friendly deck for alfresco breakfast, lunch or dinner!

the Reuben, Philly cheesesteaks and

burgers. They were the first to run The Sea Cow seven days a week, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, a schedule that is still in effect today (except for a few renovation days

each winter). Tammy and Tom, along

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



food & drink | Edisto Beach The Waterfront Restaurant

Light(house), Food, Action

a classic-cut New York strip steak. The Waterfront is open seven

days a week, with dining options

for everyone, no matter the size of

the party. Sunday mornings offer an

amazing breakfast buffet with items,


he Waterfront Restaurant is owned and operated by Edisto natives, Scot and

bar for drinks and conversation.

Scot splits his time between the

Susan Flowers. Scot grew up on

kitchen and front of the house, where

seafood business—you could say

family. His fresh menu features local

the water working with his family’s good seafood is in his blood. But

working the boats

136 Jungle Road

Edisto Beach, SC 843.869.1400

or storefront

wasn’t how Scot

expressed his love

Bay Creek, they moved to the current location on Jungle Road to better

serve their rapidly growing fan base.

Their location offers seating for large

try favorites.

The family-style to-go menu is

cooking for so many. Put in an order

cultivated on Susan’s family’s farm,

King’s Market. Scot’s menu was farm to table before it became a trend. Guests will find the menu of-

shrimp and grits, hearty she-crab

Edisto. Originally overlooking Big

which features a variety of Lowcoun-

seafood and produce, much of it

preferred the kitchen. The Waterfront longest-running establishments on

Sundays also include a lunch buffet,

perfect for large groups that want

fers plenty of seafood options and

opened in 2001 and is one of the

such as fresh fruit, eggs and sausage.

he welcomes guests as if they were

of Edisto’s natural harvests. He


groups, cozy booths and a friendly

Lowcountry traditions such as savory soup and handmade crab cakes. The

to stay in but avoid the ordeal of

before 3 p.m. and The Waterfront will do the hard work! Platters offer fried

or steamed shrimp, Lowcountry boil, chicken tenders, stone-ground grits,

vegetables or red rice. It’s easy to feed any group size with Waterfront’s to-go menu.

Make sure to visit A Shore Thing

specials each evening feature a wide

gift shop located inside The Water-

of succulent ways. Those looking

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

range of seafood, prepared in a variety for less fin will find delicious burgers with toppings, such as pimento

cheese and bacon, divine prime rib or

front, which offers unique jewelry,

gift items, handbags and apparel. You are sure to find a delightful way to treat yourself !

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browse the collection at

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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


disto’s favorite beach dive,

grumpiest bartender.” Don’t worry,

the week from home style country

2003, is excited to bring

fine cocktail!

tering blackened swordfish with Ca-

Whaley’s, established in

back some old menu favorites and

Summer hours are 11–10 p.m. In

introduce a few new culinary cre-

the off season, lunch is served from

change. Flip flops and sandy feet

p.m. and the bar stays open serving

ations. Don’t worry about too much are still welcome at the converted

1948 gas station, one of the oldest

standing buildings on Edisto Beach. Owners, Van Maxwell and Lytle

Prichard, keep the vibe beach casual and family friendly and the menu full of fresh local seafood entrées.

Everyone feels like a local when they walk through the door. 2801 Myrtle St.

Edisto Beach, SC



he doesn’t really bite, and he pours a

Come inside and cool

off from a beach day

with a drink at the bar, served by Mr. George,

“the world’s oldest and

11:30–2:30, dinner runs 5:30–10:00 drinks during the afternoon break. Enjoy dining outside at the picnic

tables or grab a booth inside. Coastal Living and Southern Living magazines have both rated Whaley’s as

one of the top seafood restaurants on the East Coast for their fresh locally harvested seafood. The fried shrimp

fried steak and gravy to mouth-wajun cream kicking the temperature up on the palate. The Ugly Burger

is a mouth-challenging half-pound burger on a kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and onion. Side that with

some house made chips and you are in cheeseburger paradise. The prime

rib sandwich or the “Flapper,” a fried pork chop sandwich, both long-time favorites and best sellers, are savory masterpieces.

Evenings at Whaley’s always offer

basket is full of plump and perfectly

exciting times and the parking lot

and served with fries or house made

nights are hosted weekly, so check

seasoned shrimp fried to perfection

chips. The fried oysters are considered by many the best around.

Dinner specials vary throughout

fills up quickly. Karaoke and trivia their calendar online for days and

times. Come in for good times, great friends and even better food!


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| 495 Highway 174 | Post

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| Edisto Island | SC 29438 |


Bonnie Lee projects a smiling confidence of a woman

secure in her wisdom and fulfilled by her passions. She

describes her childhood self as being obsessed by art and

says, “I really overdid it with the drawing thing!” Laughing

and pointing to the callous on the inside of her middle finger by her nail. “This happened when I was six years old after

drawing turkey after turkey for a Thanksgiving art project. It’s from holding the pencil.”

Bonnie Lee grew up in Cleveland Ohio and attended

West Tech High school in the 1950’s. Hallmark Cards and American Greeting Cards headquarters was located in

Cleveland at the time, making it a hub for graphic artists. “

Everything for ad work, advertisements, and greeting cards was drawn or painted by hand, this was before computers.” She reflected. “Art was not a class you took just to fill your

time, our schools were creating artists to fill the job market.

monoprint of sea turtles.

Moving to Edisto in 1986 she soon

found herself surrounded by others with a passion for art and she began drawing the beautiful island scenery around her. Wanting to help others find their way into the Edisto artists community she and Jenny Gowin and a few others

founded the Edisto Art Guild. In ad-

dition to her work with the Edisto Art Guild, Bonnie was also involved with

the Edisto Island Historic Preservation

Society, she was behind the conception of the promotional posters. Bonnie created the artwork featured on the Edisto and

Beyond Tour of Homes first two posters. Soon Bonnie developed an interest in

You didn’t play in those art classes!” She shows her only

watercolors and continued to surround

pen and ink piece depicting Louis XIV. The font used at the

inspiration in as well as new and exciting

remaining art from her high school days. It’s a large 24x36 head and foot are of the reflective of the 1950’s style. The

detail and precision of each ink mark are indeed of a professional level.

Bonnie took the usual path for women of her generation

after school, she married and raised a family, but her passion for art was always there. It was a void needing to be filled.



herself with artistic people who she found mediums to try. She began taking her “Yearly Adventures” combining travel

and art to learn new methods to improve her skills or to try an entirely new me-

dium. One of her favorite adventures was learning the ancient method of creating

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pottery like the Native Americans.

passion, pastels. The rich dense colors

and using fire to cure it.

South Carolina sky in multiple hues,

Gathering dirt and clay from the earth The walls of her home are heav-

ily adorned with beautifully framed

artwork. Some of it gifts from other

artists and much of it her own work in

a variety of methods. Her most famous piece is a three-color monoprint of Sea

turtles and is well known for her reverse collage glassware. Soothing watercolors depicting sunny marsh scenes or

foggy beach views, vibrant three color

monoprints of shrimp, clay sculptures,

pencil drawings of horses, and her latest

smudged together depicting a stunning fading sunlight reflecting off of the

marsh grasses. The small details of the scenery are breathtaking, even though Bonnie Lee laments over her frustra-

tions at developing her skills with pastels. Her passion for her new endeavor is evident, pastels laid out by color and

hue in an array of pottery trays, an easel turned slightly towards the window

stroke at a time and achieving her goal of living her best life every day.

To view or purchase Bonnie Lee’s

to capture the sunlight. Bonnie sits

works of art you can find them at With

her latest piece. Improving her art one

Island Museum.

down and studies her next approach to

These Hands Gallery and the Edisto

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The ACE Basin: 350,000 acres

of pristine estuaries and wetlands. Home to the bald eagle, wood stork and osprey.

Bay Creek Villas The Marina at Edisto Beach Pressley’s Restaurant

Bay Creek Park

Ella & Ollies E&O Taco

• • • •

Scenic Tour of the Ace Basin Offshore Deep Sea Fishing Beach Combing Excursions Sunset Cruises

Live Oak Boat Landing & ACE Basin

Edisto Watersports & Tackle Dockside Bar and Restaurant


Whaley’s Sargent Peppers Pizza

Links at Stono Ferry (30.7 miles) Geechie Boy Mill (8.6 miles) King's Market (7.1 miles) O’Hair (4.4 miles) Highest Soul Self (4.3 miles) Edisto Serpentarium (2.8 miles) Edisto Kennels (2.8 miles) Enterprise Bank (2.5 miles) Dr. Ann Jenkins (1.2 miles) Post Office (0.2 miles) With These Hands Gallery (0.2 miles) Edisto Bookstore (0.2 miles)

495 Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC ACE Hardware

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

My Native Dream Gallery Sugar Time LaRetta’s Pizza Smuggler’s Attic Jungle Road Playground Sea Spirits Liquor Store

Pelican’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor Coots The Pavilion Beach Store BiLo

Why not make this

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Come shrimpin’ with Cap’n Corley on a real working shrimp boat replica. Pull in and sort your catch, drop a line in the water, or watch the dolphins circle the boat; but most of all, enjoy a day on the water! Our tours are fun, scenic, kid friendly, and educational. Call for tour options and pricing.




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Reptile Zoo • Gift Shop • Visitors Center Come visit “Joe Turtle” our 41-year-old Serpentarium ambassador

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May 28 – August 11 Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

August 16 – October 27 Thursday – Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

November – December TBA

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The following is an excerpt from Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett. We hope you enjoy.

Cora Anne wore a simple linen

sundress, pale blue, with pearl earrings and when asked, simply said she thought Nan might like some

Then she drove her grandmother and herself back up Highway 174 to the

white columned Presbyterian Church. Flanked by sprawling live oaks and

company for church. She spoke briefly

a 300-year-old cemetery rumored to

Nan’s appetite, and how, yes, she’d ap-

Church of Edisto Island suited her

with her mother about the weather,

preciate it if Lou forwarded her mail.


be haunted, the ancient Presbyterian passion for history if nothing else.

The sanctuary filled with an eclectic

group of faithful worshipers and visiting tourists. Years had passed since she’d last gone to church with her

grandparents. Their roots were deep here, and she recognized aged faces of distant relatives. But she ignored how they put their heads together


in speculation, surely discussing how Annie Jenkins Coultrie had finally

and down at the hand of her grand-

come home.

music washed over her, and she closed

gotten one of her wayward ones to The pews, with quaint doors that

opened to allow in parishioners, and the curved mahogany stairs leading

to a raised pulpit, were reminiscent of a time Edisto had been settled with the landed gentry. But for her, the

polished wood and quiet reverence evoked memories of many Sunday

mornings with her grandfather. He’d always insist on church first, then

catching fresh flounder for a Sunday

mother still in her lap. But the gentle

her eyes so that no presence could distract her from the words being sung. “Here I raise mine Ebenezer;

Nan’s cool hand, with its lines of

blue veins and knuckles swollen with

arthritis, covered Cora Anne’s clenched ones in her lap. “I’m glad you came.”

“There you are.” Tennessee came

striding across the cemetery. “Looking for someone?”

She couldn’t help the smile. “I think

then took her arm, tugging her back

wandering from the fold of God;

church. “You enjoy the service?”

Jesus sought me when a stranger, he, to rescue me from danger,

interposed his precious blood.” After the service, she left Nan

words of that hymn still reverberated

the ocean.

that child?

safely to arrive at home.

and I hope, by thy good pleasure,

of the annual beach pilgrimage, she’d Fishing tidal creeks meant she avoided

more. Then why did she still feel like

he found me.”

talking pleasantries on the porch and

spent most of her time with him.

arms. You’re not ten years old any-

hither by thy help I’m come;

fish fry. In the years following the

accident, when she couldn’t beg out

wandered out to the graveyard. The

He glanced at his father’s grave and

toward the front of the little white

A guitar case swung from his hand,

and she nudged him with her elbow.

“You could have told me you’re a man of many talents. Where’d you learn to play?”

“Aw, this?” He swung the case with

in her soul and she needed a moment

ease. “Just a little something I picked

Just behind the church, a fence sur-

She gaped at him, unsure if he was

of quiet.

up during the college bar scene.”

rounded the graves of the prominent

making another joke, and he tilted a

honoring patriarch William Seabrook,

tory. Some more colorful than others.”

Seabrook family and the monument a man who had been the richest

half-smile her way. “We’ve all got a hisThey had paused at the edge of the

planter on the Island.

gravel lot and now she looked across it

her of what she didn’t deserve: life

wealth unimaginable, but lost it all to

of the porch steps being embraced by

someone else.

of his endurance with a home still

“Me, too.”

Maybe. Church always reminded

everlasting when she’d taken life from She shifted in her seat as the

service came to order. When she

lifted her head after the prayer, there sat Tennessee Watson on a stool

down front, a guitar on his knee. He strummed a few chords and then

She paused. Once this man had

war and reconstruction. History told

standing, well preserved and loved for

for Nan. She found her at the bottom a woman with soft blonde curls and a face too youthful to be middle-aged.

Cora Anne stepped back and Ten-

generations. She ran her fingers across

nessee snagged her elbow to keep

to lose everything and still find hap-

tree roots.

the iron gate. Perhaps it was possible piness.

She left the Seabrook plot and

her from falling. Again. Blasted oak “What’s wrong?”

She fisted her hands against her

looked out into the sea of worshippers

wandered beyond the church, to where

stomach. “That’s your mother.”

Beside him Christy sang, “Come

the spread branches of live oaks. There

have become good friends.” He peered

rows over, she found fresh flowers on

supposed graveyard ghosts.”

and caught her gaze.

thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy praise …”

Nan’s soprano warbled in with oth-

ers. “Streams of mercy never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise …”


She looked away from Tennessee

the newer grave markers nestled under lay her grandfather’s ashes, and a few

Patrick Watson’s grave. She knelt and traced the date. July 28, 1993.

Cora Anne rose and crossed her

“Yeah, I know. She and Mrs. Annie

at her. “You’re white as one of these

“I haven’t seen your mother since

… since …” Her chest constricted

and she forced a deep breath past the






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tightness. “Can you please tell Nan I’ll be in the car?”

started crisscrossing the island’s rutted

her. “Why don’t you do me a favor and

hands in her lap.

“Here.” He shoved the guitar case at

take this over to my truck? I’ll meet you there.”

She backed away without arguing

and found his white Dodge Ram eas-

dirt roads, she started twisting her

“Relax, Cor. I’m not kidnapping

you. I told your grandmother where we’re going.”

He turned in a drive lined neatly

ily among the sedans and midlife crisis

with pecan trees. One of the signs

she leaned on the open door. Grace, it

Plantation. He drove all the way down

convertibles. Setting the case inside,

seemed, would be harder to face than her son.

She looked back up as he bounded

over the lot with Nan’s floppy straw

grabbed a few and passed it to her.

“My grandmother was half Cooper,

half Ravenel — still is despite marrying an outsider.”

She pressed her lips together in a

slight smile, and he knew the idiosyn-

crasies of Charleston’s gentry were not lost on her.

“But when my daddy said he’d

affixed to the gate said Cooper Creek

rather be a carpenter on Edisto than

past the old plantation home and

didn’t go over so well.” He nodded

caretaker’s cottage, parking in the grass that led down to the dock.

Now she spoke. “I guess we’re

a lawyer on Broad Street … well, that toward the house. It overlooked this

section of Store Creek and from the

gable in the attic, his father used to say, one could see almost to the spire of St.

hat in his hand.

ignoring that No Trespassing sign.”

this on.”

opened his door. “Yup.”

brim. “Why?”

wariness in her eyes. “Who lives here?”

pink.” He leaned past her and swung

love to buy up our Lowcountry plan-

his extended cab. “And because I’m

season yet.”

family about had hysterics. His uncle

that was due for a cutting and let her

have gotten his stubbornness from her,

“Your grandmother said to put She took it hesitantly, fingering the “Because she said your cheeks look

the case into the narrow backseat of taking you for a drive.” ***

Back pressed against the seat of the

cab, Cora Anne tugged a strand of

that long dark hair. “I don’t think—” “This is a good idea?” When he

pulled the truck out on the highway, the woven bag she’d set on the seat between them toppled over, and a

spiral bound planner slid out. “I think you worry too much.”

He grabbed the bag of food and She climbed out the other side,

“Millionaires from Chicago. They

tations. But they aren’t down for the He traipsed through the grass

follow because he figured curiosity

and hunger would outweigh her fear of breaking rules. On the dock, he

kicked off his boat shoes, and dropped, feet dangling over the tidal creek that would rise with the tide. Cora Anne sat primly, legs to the side, like any

good Southern girl in a church dress.

of boiled peanuts. He figured she was all in when she added two Cokes in

glass bottles to the pile on the counter.

She tossed empty peanut shells

in the blue-green water. “That’s dramatic.”

“I know. Dad said the rest of the

begged him to reconsider, but he must you know? He walked, and the new owners came in here with a yacht-

sized dumpster and gutted the whole place —”

“Surely not.” Her eyes widened.

“That’s a piece of Greek Revival architecture.”

He nodded. “Even ripped out the

soldiers during the occupation.”

rose behind them on a knoll. Three

chunked watermelon, and a damp bag

so he couldn’t inherit.”

Her eyes swept over the house that

“I want to show you something.” He drove them down to King’s

“My grandmother sold the plantation

hand-carved banister because the wood

tion. “So this is where I grew up.”

Market and bought crab salad, fresh

Michael’s in downtown Charleston.

He jerked his thumb to the planta-

She tucked the book back in her

bag. “Where are we going?”


But when he left the highway and

stories atop brick pilings, four chimneys anchoring the roof.

“Not there. In the caretaker’s


She turned toward him. Listening. Taking out the bag of peanuts, he

was gouged — gashes left by Yankee

“Where was the historical preserva-

tion society?”

He lifted a shoulder. “Happens all

the time when an old home is sold. See why it gets my goat?”

Her eyes narrowed. “Why are you

telling me all this?”

He leaned back on his elbows and

watched the clouds scuttle across the powder blue sky. Her dress was the

same color and her eyes were a shade darker, and all he knew was when he

looked at her, he had an overwhelm-

ing need to make her understand. But he couldn’t. She had to want to.

He gazed out over the creek to

the spartina grass waving in the

slight breeze, an unbroken vista that, thanks to his efforts, no develop-

ment would ever touch. “Just figured

you’d find it interesting.”

Now she leaned back beside him,

her grandmother’s hat shading her

as he passed his thumb over her palm. “You must miss him all the time.”

“I do, but I know he’d be proud of

face. “It is interesting—and sad.”

what I’m doing now. A few years ago,

Only way I could save some of what

sat back up. “I had to get out from

“This is why I joined the land trust.

he left behind.”

She shifted a bit, putting more space

between them. “I’m sorry.” Her words were barely a whisper on the breeze. He snagged her hand before she

not so much.” He let her hand go and under those waves of grief and learn to live with what I had.”

“How — “ She pressed her lips into

a thin line. “How did you get out?”

could get up. “I know.”

She didn’t pull away, just watched

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Otter Island is part of the St. Helena Sound Heritage Preserve, just a short boat ride from the mouth of Big Bay Creek on Edisto Beach. The island is a wildlife-management area under the protection of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Covering approximately 2000 acres, most of the island is marsh with around 500 acres of high lands and beach. Otter is completely uninhabited. No people, no power lines, and zero running water.


cattered throughout the island are five primitive

Generations of Lowcountry residents

ing is by permit only and is restricted to November

bullet casings from the beach. Years

have collected buckets full of brass

campsites with varying levels of accessibility. Camp-

ago, bullet hunters could simply walk

1 through March 31. The island serves as a refuge for

migratory birds and sea turtles that are nesting. Restricted camping dates help keep these animals and their habitats protected during these delicate seasons.

Taking a day trip to Otter Island is a must for those with

an adventurous side. It is a stunning, expansive beach with

a vastly different ecological expression at every bend. Wide, sweeping beaches that hug large grassy marshes swiftly

turn into a forest of stark silver sandblasted trees profiled

against the white sand. The south side of the island holds

one of the finest examples of an untouched maritime forest on the East Coast. The hurricanes over the past two years have pushed the dunes back into the forest, flooding the

underbrush with sand and creating a whimsical, magical

look to the woodlands along the beach. The stark open area beneath the trees, where the dunes are now spread out, appears manicured — as if created for picnics and lounging.

However, use extreme caution if you explore the woodline, as Otter Island is home to a very healthy population of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes.

Otter Island is well known for being used as target

practice during World War II by the Tuskegee Airmen.


Julie Gyselinck & Caroline

Matheny take a selfie for


purposes in the

event they didn't

return from Otter Island.

the beach and gather them by the hundreds. Nowadays, the beach seems to

have been picked mostly clean, with the casings only found in the marshes and

creeks. Removing any artifacts, shells or animals from Otter Island is forbidden. Camping on Otter Island is not

for the faint of heart. It is primitive

camping in its truest form. There are no restrooms, no running or even drink-

Opposite page:

able water, no electricity, and only one

home to numerous

out everything you bring in, including

Otter Island is

species of birds

and a great place

to explore.

campsite has a metal fire ring. You pack your trash — all of it. Campers should definitely plan to bring their own

firewood as downed wood is scarce, and

you are not allowed to chop down trees. Each campsite has its own personality

with some only accessible by kayak. All are waterfront and provide stunning

night views and sounds of the water-

ways or ocean lapping the shore.

see a raccoon out and about during

Newton Boykin aboard his small

potential to vary wildly in climate

doesn't mean it’s sick — probably just

down to the dock carrying supplies, he

Your stay on Otter Island has the

from day to day. The permitted camp-

ing times, November to March, are ar-

the day on Otter Island or Edisto, it means it’s low tide and time to eat!

flat-bottom boat. On our third trip

asked if we were staying for two nights or two weeks! Shortly after departing,

volatile months of the year. Prepare


especially at night. On the opposite

on our expedition list for the Explore

shorts and flip-flops for the inevitable

Otter Island is wild and has a danger-

and lots of water, two packs full of

be very careful if you dare to go and to

and a smaller bin with dried goods,

guably some of the windiest and most

for cold temperatures and high winds, side of the spectrum, pack a pair of

warm day you otherwise might not have expected.

While whitetail deer are the only

large mammals on the island, don’t expect your stay to be quiet. Bald

eagles can be spotted as they rest in the treetops between hunting trips.

Pods of bottlenose dolphins peruse the

Camping on Otter Island has been

Edisto magazine for quite a few years. ous reputation. People will tell you to take someone who knows the island

and waterways with you. Only go during high tide, only go in the daytime,

and NEVER ever go into the woods.

What’s so scary about Otter Island? Once our plans to camp on the

he had to take us back to the dock

because our excessive gear combined

with four passengers was sinking the little flat-bottom boat.

We were prepared! We had wood

clothing, a large cooler, plus the tent rope and various camping supplies.

It was windy but sunny during our

departure and we lounged on the dock while we waited on the boat to return to pick us up after dropping off our

copious amounts of gear at campsite number one.

shoreline—at times it seems as if they

infamous Otter Island were out in

delight and curiosity as people look at

than enthusiastic. Having been to the

most northern point of the beach. It’s

warnings seemed such a contradiction

where the beach ends and the river

are looking at campers with as much

them. Campsite number one is a great

location for dolphin watching and you may even catch them strand feeding on the long sloping beach just as it bends into the river.

Countless species of seabirds living

in large groups, shorebirds tiptoeing

through the marshlands and migrant

birds enjoying a rest inhabit the island year round. Avid bird-watchers and

photographers will appreciate the constant flurry of aviary action all around. The less frequently spotted bobcat

roams the island deep within the

interior of the maritime forest and

marshes and hunts rodents, birds, and other small mammals. The raccoons

the open, the public reaction was less

island for relaxing beach days, people’s of imagery to the peaceful island I had

spent hours strolling in the sun on. On one hand, I had beautiful memories, and on the other, I had cautionary

tales of wilderness and innumerable

rattlesnakes. According to local legend and eyewitness accounts, the rattlesnake numbers are infinite. Having

The campsite is large and a pathway

meanders quite a ways back through

tall grasses, offering a wide variety of camping locations.

We chose to set up directly on

the point, where the fire ring was,

my imagination stewed up ridiculous

visions of snakes swinging from every limb and the ground throbbing with

venomous bodies carpeting each step. We secured a boat ride to our

raccoons of the Lowcountry hunt and

ramp. Awaiting us were Brian Bell


winds back into the island’s interior.

set eyes on any of the five campsites,

camping spot from the Edisto Marina

forage according to the tides. If you

actually a small ridge that comes out

never ventured into the tree line or

of Otter Island are not nocturnal like their kin farther inland. The coastal

Campsite one is situated at the

and hauled our gear down to the

of the Edisto Marina and Captain


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so we could see the water and access

swam by. The wind continued to

Fascinated by each new change in

location was absolutely stunning. We

fire despite the brisk temperatures.

walk. Every bend brought new and

the beach right out of our tent. The

started unpacking and setting up camp and laughed about our overpacking.

The wind picking up around us should have been a cue to have a little more faith in our packing instincts.

We set our tent up with the back

gust, but we stayed cozy by the

The rate at which we were burning

through the wood was a little alarming, and we knew in the morning we would have to scrounge for downed limbs to cook with.

That evening the winds picked up

facing north. We also set up a large

to gale force and were relentless. The

behind and then over it, which we tied

our ropes were not tied tight enough

tarp that went under the tent, up

to the surrounding trees, in case we

needed extra protection in case from a rainstorm. It would also block any

breezes as we were in a tent made for warm-weather camping with a full

mesh top and thin rain fly. This would prove to be a flawed plan as the wind continued to escalate.

Once we set up the sun dipped

quickly, so we took a short stroll down

tarp kept the wind out of the tent, but to hold the tarp taut. The violent winds ripped at it all night and the noise,

which sounded like a giant potato chip bag crinkling, was nonstop. We didn’t

rious color palette in the sky. A pod of dolphins


better than freezing wind, but we have agreed to disagree.

The wind stopped at sunrise as if

heads out of the tent to the most aweand coffee were in order after washing up in the chilly water of Fish Creek.

Our goal for the day was to walk the whole shoreline of Otter Island and back. We set out with heavy layers,

our cameras, water, a few apples and protein bars. Ready to explore.

The weather warmed up quickly

after noon and we peeled our layers

off as we made our way down the shore. The island changed so

drastically every mile or so. Photographs taken at

one point would vary so

greatly from those taken a half mile away, you could assume they were of dif-

ferent islands altogether.


clay at the waterline, which created water-filled divots and holes that

varied in size from a pen tip to feet across. The dune line to our right

rimmed a marshy waterway like a

crater. Tall grasses and water birds

dotted the landscape, and a waterway you would have never imagined was just a few yards from the ocean.

Our walk of the whole beach of

to marvel and take photos. We poked

inspiring sunrise imaginable. Breakfast

Dinner was accompanied by a glo-

a short beach that tumbled into hard

skills. I’m still convinced the noise was

severe side-eye over my tarp-hanging

plummeting and we quickly ended cook dinner.

dunes and wide beaches turned into

Otter Island took about four hours at

on command. We poked our groggy

our walk to warm up around a fire and

dazzling scenery. The long sweeping

sleep much and Caroline gave me a

the beach to grab a few photos and

stretch our legs. The temperature was

the landscape, we continued our

a slow pace. We stopped frequently

our heads inside the mystical tree line, where the dunes have washed away

the underbrush. Once the sand ended the underbrush created a thick, im-

penetrable wall of jungle. The foliage

in some areas was so tight and packed together you couldn’t even see a foot into the forest. Here the maritime

forest, so immense and thick, had a foreboding feeling.

All along the beach, we passed by

thousands of sand dollars, seashells and

various parts of boats and buildings that had washed ashore from the previous

hurricanes. Our walk ended in a landscape similar to where it began, with the wide beach and sprawling dunes fading away slowly into a river and

marshlands. We turned around and began our trek back to the little campsite

on the ridge, ready to kick off our boots, soak our feet in the cool, crisp water

and enjoy another artist’s sky as the sun set on Otter Island.


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Hutchinson House HOME SWEET HOME


The Hutchinson House has

withstood every season and storm, seeming to never alter from its

current weathered appearance, as if it decided it was worn enough

and would age no more. While the

in the sun to the exact hue of copper

patina. The fine wooden details of the

for his wife, Rosa Swinton, circa 1885.

lending an elegant appearance, like

ther, Jim ( James) Hutchinson. Jim was

roof ’s eaves stay doggedly attached, fine hand-knotted antique lace.

This spectacular house has been

addition of a back porch — added

home to a fine and proud family

have dissolved, the main house, built

important as any other, and whose

sometime around 1960 — appears to of cypress, remains sturdy.

The red metal roof curls at the edges

and the paint, which must have once been a vibrant green, has bleached


Henry Hutchinson built the house

whose history on the island is just as strength and perseverance is reflected

in their ancestral home. The Hutchinson House is a symbol of freedom, hard work and success.

Henry obtained the land from his fa-

born into slavery on the Point of Pines Plantation, the son of a slave named Maria and the plantation owner,

Isaac Jenkins Mikell. Jim Hutchinson was considered one of the “Kings of

Edisto” for his efforts in improving the lives and economic standards for the freed slaves on the island.

He raised the funds and purchased


the land where the Hutchinson House currently sits, along


tation. Then he divided up the property, splitting the parcels

house passed down to his heirs. The

The original plat showing the newly deeded individual lots is

live there was Henry’s great-grandson,

with a large tract surrounding it that was once the Clark Plan-

Henry passed away in 1941 and the

out according to each person's contribution to the purchase.

last Hutchinson family member to

currently showcased in the Edisto Island Museum.

Henry Hutchinson, who occupied the

The Hutchinson family was well educated. Jim, although

house sometime in the 1980s. Now

his level of education is unknown, structured land deals,

in his late eighties, Henry reminisces

owned and operated businesses, authored many letters to the

about visiting the Hutchinson House

governor on behalf of his peers and was a leader in the Re-

daily, as it was across the street from

publican party through Reconstruction. Henry Hutchinson

his own home. He recalls sitting on the

was more of a family man and less of a community leader,

wraparound porch as a very young boy

like his father, but he, too, was a savvy businessman, owning

and watching from behind the railings

and operating one of only a few black-owned cotton gins on

as men unloaded massive amounts of

the island until the boll weevil brought long-staple cotton to

cotton at the gin. He is still in awe so

an end in the early 1920s.

many years later at the memory of the

Jim’s brother, John Pearson Hutchinson, was a well-

wagons full of “so many, so, so very

known architect in Charleston, and along with Jack Miller,

many people,” who came to work the

helped Henry build the Hutchinson House as a wedding

fields and farms around the house. The

present for Rosa. John Pearson Hutchinson was also the

wagons they arrived in stirred up chok-

builder and architect of the Central Baptist Church of

ing clouds of dust.

Charleston. Family lore suggests that John, Henry and Jack

Henry, with a somber tone, remem-

also had a hand in building Sunnyside Plantation, the plan-

bers his great-grandfather Henry, lying

after the civil war in 1868.

over the mill. By the time Henry

tation owned by Jim’s half-brother, Townsend Mikell, built

on his deathbed, facing the window

Within the walls of the Hutchinson House, Henry and

moved into the Hutchinson House

Rosa raised a happy family with nine children: two girls and

as an adult, the home had undergone

seven boys. Both daughters, Lula and Maybel, went on to

changes. The wraparound porch had

attend the Avery Institute in Charleston, South Carolina,

been removed and replaced with extra

and became teachers. They prospered, moved from the

bedrooms. Additions were built that

island and traveled the world. Their family photos depicted through the generations show them happy, successful and traveling to many places abroad, like Paris and Australia. One of the daughters, Maybel, is shown gliding

down a New York City Street like a starlet, wearing a hat and gloves.

Henry and Rosa made the most of their lives. The

struggles and sacrifices of Jim and Maria and the

ancestors before them were not wasted. Their family grew healthy and wealthy and reached the dreams of their fathers.

have since fallen apart or been removed. Henry & Rosa Hutchinson.

After Henry moved away, there were

no more direct family members on the island to occupy the home. Through

work and education came jobs and

prosperity. The Hutchinson family

had spread their wings to Charleston, New York and other parts of

the globe. Their love for the home

was deep and they valued it like no

other family home. It was their bea-

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fund it and what to do with the build-

but what is a family to do with an ag-

ing once it is complete.

ing historical home and no one close

The second step, after clearing all

enough to take care of it?

The home was placed in the Na-

tional Register of Historic Places in

able to assess the true condition the

the family received no funding for its

that the back-porch addition built in

May of 1987. Despite this recognition, preservation or restoration. Obtaining permits to restore the home would be tricky, and restoration costs would be

too heavy a burden to bear, so the little home sat. Occasionally, there would

be a renter, but eventually renting, too, became impossible. The lights were turned off and the door was closed

one last time and no one ever came home again.

RESURRECTION In the Spring of 2016, much to

the surprise and delight of many, the Hutchinson House was listed for

sale, along with its accompanying 10

acres of farmland. All of Edisto Island was buzzing with excitement. Who

would be lucky and brave enough to

take on such a substantial preservation project? Despite the excitement, the

reality was that the scope of work the

house needed was too great — except for one group, who gathered in board

the 1960s was a total loss and had virtually crumbled into the ground. The

vines that had taken root and climbed up the back were pulled off to reveal

missing siding boards and crumbling

handmade bricks on the chimney and pilings from water and root intrusion. The exterior steps leading up to the

house were too dangerous to use. For safety purposes, and to dissuade any

had managed to secure the funding

to buy the house, but now they had to figure out how to save it.

and compromised siding, was in

surprisingly good condition. The

tongue-and-groove floors and walls showed very little decay. The white

paint, cracked and peeling, revealed a

was built over the house. Utilizing

funds from donations, the framework

went up, followed by a white sheeting that covers the roof and top quarter

of the building. The new covering also provides shade for the workers and

students from the American College of Building Arts (ACBA).

Shortly after purchasing the

tacted the ACBA, who agreed to take preservation class. There’s a possibility the school will be involved in the

restoration, which will be determined by the ACBA at a later date.

For now, the historic Hutchinson

soft blue color hidden underneath. The

Home is safe and fully protected for

casing around the fireplaces held firm

EIOLT might have taken on its big-

wood-planked ceiling and the wooden while the bricks of the rear fireplace fell in on itself.

Walking through the house now,

staircase leading upstairs is narrow

carpet from the 1970s. Tiny reminders of its final days as a home in modern

future generations to admire. The

gest project to date, but there is no

other organization on the island better connected or equipped to do this very important job. A special thanks to

those who have contributed time, ef-

forts and money to the preservation of this significant part of Edisto’s history. EXPLORE Edisto would like to

times are hidden throughout the

extend a special thank you to John

details around them.

at the Edisto Island Museum, Henry

home, in stark contrast to the historic Since EIOLT has acquired the

The first step was to clear out the

Hutchinson House, the goal is to un-

ing the structure for years, just to be

are facing, how to approach it, how to

brush and plants that had been chok-

To achieve this, a temporary structure

on the house as a case study for their

but firm, holding onto traces of yellow

House in December of 2016. They

further damage from the elements.

the leaking roof, missing windows

call in favors.

(EIOLT) closed on the Hutchinson

home, was to protect it from any

Hutchinson House, the EIOLT con-

The inside of the home, despite

the structure feels solid, and the

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust

shoring up any unstable areas of the

curious passersby, they were removed.

meetings to crunch numbers, make phone calls to secure financing and


house. This initial clearing revealed

the brush and overgrowth away and

derstand the depth of restoration they

Girault at EIOLT, Gretchen Smith Hutchinson, and Greg Estevez for

their help in exploring the Hutchinson House’s history.

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Quality Not Quantity


avey Richardson founded Dockmasters in 2000 after working in the

owned company.

With the varied types of water

marine construction industry since

front property located in the Low-

the business and the opportunity

individual needs and challenges.

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about their wa-

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county and state

regulations regarding the proper

building, safe design and building of docks and other marine construc-

tion left a void in the local market

and Davey saw the need to fill. As

country, each property owner faces

The options for boat lifts and docks

today are only limited by the owners’ imagination and budget. Dockmas-

ters doesn’t focus only on docks and

boat lifts. They specialize in all types of waterfront and marine construc-

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overlooking the ICW. Dockmasters provides the service you want and the quality you deserve.

Building a dock or any type of

a licensed marine contractor with

marine project with the proper

motto of “Quality Not Quantity” is

for the longevity and safety of the

over 30 years’ experience, Davey’s


held firmly by everyone in his family

material and technique is essential

dock. Davey stressed that you simply can’t purchase marine wood from your local box store. Pointing out

that fly-by-night and do-it-yourself builders frequently mistake the

green stain of the marine wood for

the wood sold at stores. This results in the dock failing very rapidly

due to rot and wood destroying

organisms. The proper marine wood is treated specifically to deter the

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Suzi welcomes everyone to find


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feeling the connection to the divine within and grounding themselves

when experiencing those feelings of loss and grief.

Suzi explains that people feel loss

colorful rug. Class begins with the

and grief over many things other

blowing in from the ocean.

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Suzi describes Highest Soul Self as a

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and to bring themselves into a place of wholeness. Highest Soul Self is about finding and receiving True

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Bringing yourself to a place

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shopping | Edisto Island With These Hands Gallery

Paintings, Pottery, and a Passion for Art


ith These Hands

pottery, clothing and wood and

charming guests and

wind chimes which make a perfect

Gallery has been

residents of Edisto for over 34 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.

Anyone who is looking for art to

display in their home or business 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 indi547 Hwy. 174

Edisto Island, SC 843.869.3509

vidual and creative

design. The numerous artisans featured in the gallery capture

the very essence of the Lowcountry.

Guests will find paintings, pastels,

and encaustic artworks and more from renowned and local artists.

Work by Doug Grier, Rick Wells,

and Amanda McLenon are just a few of the artists whose work adorns the gallery’s walls. The gallery also has the few remaining Susan Roberts photographs available.

The exceptional paintings hanging

on the walls are kept company by a wonderment of jewelry, glassware,


metal sculptures, kaleidoscopes, and gift for any special occasion, such as

birthdays, weddings or anniversaries.

A rainbow of Blenko vases and glassware are ready to turn every home into a gallery of its own. Unique

kitchen utensils and gadgets like the

one hand salad tongs, wooden coffee

mugs, or butcher block mason jar lids make every kitchen feel warm. In addition to the beautiful

artwork, Carolyn offers all-natural baby gifts, including hand painted

onesies, wooden toys, one-of-a-kind

crocheted baby cocoons, and blankets, quilts and smocked clothing for those special arrivals. Ladies will love the new and very stylish reversible rain

jackets with jaunty side tie in beautiful jewel tones. New fabulous purses

ing for delicious birthday surprise will

and wool knit shoulder bags help you

cookies, edible candles, caramels, and

from the hardware line, cork clutches, hold everything together with style! Visitors to the gallery who wish

for a little memento of Edisto to take

be enthralled with the handcrafted

brownies. You’ll want to buy one for yourself and a friend!

Each artist featured in With These

with them will cherish the seashell

Hands Gallery is not sold anywhere

Repellent Discs from the blown glass

allow her artists’ individual styles

ornaments and trees. Hurricane

will radiate color in your windows. Locally crafted soaps and natural

skin care, including the must-have

Flip Flop Heel Helper, sugar scrubs and lotions, soothe. Also make sure

to try their specialty food items, such as local honey, delicious dips, and

unique Sweet Tea or Wine Jellies in Cabernet and Bordello. Those look-

else on Edisto. Carolyn strives to

to shine. While 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.

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




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I love the peace and beauty that living on Edisto Beach affords me and my family, and yet I appreciate how close it is to Charleston. I have more than twenty years combined experience in the real estate, banking, and mortgage industries. Call me to find out more about why I chose Edisto as my new home and perhaps why you should “Get to know Edisto�, too. Jane Alford Szorc

843.696.9576 | 495 Highway 174 | Post Office Box 10 Edisto Island | South Carolina 29438


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Explore Edisto is a media outlet focused on promoting the culture, history, local businesses and events of our island home. We currently pub...

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Explore Edisto is a media outlet focused on promoting the culture, history, local businesses and events of our island home. We currently pub...