The history of the Cainhoy Peninsula UPDATED

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:14 p.m.

As a way of introduction for those of you who donít know me, I have written extensively on the history of the East Cooper area and for some years have been researching Wando River and Cainhoy peninsula history. Unapologetically, I admit that I probably know more about the Cainhoy regionís history than anyone else at the moment. As I was attempting …

In Lowcountry, natural history intertwines with social history

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 10:47 a.m.

I walked the Old Bridge recently, bundled up against the cold, dodging intermittent showers, watching the east wind carry a pewter-walled squall line …

Breach Inlet: A place of deceptive beauty

Sunday, November 24, 2013 8:06 a.m.

One of the more outstanding bits of information I found in my research on the islands was a very early statute about Breach Inlet. In 1733, an act called for “the making of a navigable cut near the passage called the Breach, now stopped up by the sea.” It stated that a deeper cut was needed to allow seaside planters to more easily …

Isle of Palms was once a plantation

Sunday, October 27, 2013 1:43 p.m.

In my recent research on Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms, I discovered a whole new batch of what I call “hooey boy” history, …

Lowcountry’s orange groves gone with the frost

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 8:52 a.m.

Here’s something to think about while you’re enjoying that cool glass of frozen-fresh orange juice with your morning paper. Imagine …

Sullivan’s Island hero gets award 100 years later

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:27 a.m.

This Saturday, April 27 one of the most heroic life saving rescues on Sullivan’s Island will be remembered in an awards ceremony at the old …


Monday, February 25, 2013 8:38 a.m.

WOW! That is absolutely wonderful. The other pup I know of in Belle’s litter is Fritz von Kolnitz’s dog, also aging. It was a great …

Oakland Plantation: One of Mount Pleasant’s treasures

Special to the Moultrie News

Friday, February 22, 2013 10:32 a.m.

(This column is of particular interest since Oakland Plantation, normally not open to the public, will be hosting a 5k run and oyster roast, with …

Too big for the beach? UPDATED

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:52 a.m.

Can you imagine taking the USS Yorktown and plopping it on the front beach of Sullivan’s Island? From my understanding, given the present …

Why Sullivan’s Island has no trees UPDATED

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 1:13 p.m.

Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast was Verdi’s “La Forza Del Destino” (The Force of Destiny). For me, this …

Usually it’s man eats shark in SC, not other way around

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:36 p.m.

(With the recent news reports of the Great White shark named Mary Lee prowling our offshore waters, we thought a revival of this column about some “historic” shark attacks was merited.)

Bird: Remembering a true Lowcounty dog UPDATED

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 1:20 p.m.

I said farewell to my soul mate this week. Bird Dog, my black Lab, was 14 (that is 98 in dog years) and it was time to say goodbye. Iíve wept many tears and the emptiness of not having Bird by my side is difficult. But oh, we had a great run together.

Oh you little Dickens UPDATED

Monday, January 14, 2013 2:42 p.m.

Another version of “A Christmas Carol” is on television. This one is a cartoon version and a badly animated Ebenezer Scrooge is living amidst a household of talking cats and dogs. A pluperfectly awful Tiny Tim is singing in an insipid falsetto to all three.Charles Dickens must be rolling in his grave, crying “Lord, what have I …

Lessons from Amahl, my night visitor UPDATED

Monday, January 14, 2013 2:44 p.m.

When I lived in the Old Village a while back, every night for about three years my kitchen (more specifically, the cat bowl in my kitchen) had a visitor. It was a possum - an honest-to-goodness, gray-furred, pointy-nosed, scaly-tailed wild animal.He came in through the “cat hole,” an opening in the floor purposely left when the washer …

Castle Pinckney: Silent sentinel in Charleston harbor UPDATED

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:01 a.m.

It is the “other” island in Charleston harbor, the one closest to peninsula Charleston and easily seen from the Battery, often mistaken …

Hungry Neck UPDATED

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:01 a.m.

How Mount Pleasant came to get the nickname 'Hungry Neck' is one of the gnawing history mysteries I've yet to see fully solved.Some have proposed that the name is fairly recent, coming about during the 20th century because the people on this side of the Cooper River were not as wealthy as others.Some surmise this happened after the Civil War; …

Charleston rose from the ruin of the Earthquake of 1886 UPDATED

Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:01 a.m.

I once lived in a lovely single house downtown, complete with requisite piazzas, walled garden and a chandelier hanging in the formal dining room. The house had been erected in the 1840s, and a friend of mine, an inveterate bottle collector, suggested we dig the privy and see what we could find.For those of you who have not had the pleasure of …

August light marks change of seasons UPDATED

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:01 a.m.

"Maybe I have already done it," ponders a character in William Faulkner's book, "Light in August." "Maybe it is no longer waiting to be done."August is here, my friends - that curious, pivotal and delicious time of the year when summer still reigns but we begin to feel the unmistakable touch of autumn. It shows in the sassafras leaves which are …

Rum essential to building of Gadsden's Bridge to Sullivan's Island UPDATED

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:01 a.m.

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in all of Mount Pleasant (if not the entire Lowcountry) is the park and promenade at the "old" bridge …

Crossing the big water always an adventure UPDATED

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:01 a.m.

Back in the days of B.D. (before development), my family lived in the country on a plantation near the crossroads town of Huger, pronounced U-gee to some, HUGE-ee in the vernacular. This great metropolis then consisted of two buildings - a post office and the old Johnson's Store.The original Johnson's Store was an honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned …

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