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South Carolina Low Country Good Food & Hidden Historic & Natural Places – Great Road Trips. Focus on Hwy 17 from Myrtle Beach headed South…

South Carolina Hidden Places Great Road Trips. Focus on Hwy 17 from Myrtle Beach headed South….

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  • Atalaya and Brookgreen Gardens     Atalaya Castle, now part of Huntington Beach State Park, and the sculpture garden of Brookgreen Gardens, both properties part of a large estate developed by Anna and Archer M. Huntington in the 1930s. It includes the nation’s first formal sculpture garden, Brookgreen Gardens is a large (more than 9,000-acre (3,600 ha)) nature preserve.     Huntington Beach State Park is a small coastal preserve and state park near Murrells Inlet, in Georgetown County. 
    Magnolia Beach Club and McKenzie Beach Resort

    Magnolia Beach Club and McKenzie Beach Resort

     Magnolia Beach Club and McKenzie Beach Resort in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. The McKenzie Beach Resort was the first African American resort on the “Grand Strand” Old Magnolia Motel Pawleys Island the first Motel to allow people of color. “It’s Private Property so look as you drive by”

  • North Island, on the coast just outside historic Georgetown, South Carolina.  SHELLING AND LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE ABOARD THE CAROLINA ROVER  
  • Carolina Country Store

    Carolina Country Store

    Carolina Country Store STEP BACK IN TIME…………when you enter the Carolina Country Store. Originally built in the 1920’s, the
    Carolina Country Store

    Carolina Country Store

     Carolina Country Store has been restored to its original condition, Don’tont miss the Cornmeal & Grits Milled here on site .  11725 S Fraser St, Georgetown, SC 29440
  • Cape Romain Lighthouses are a pair of brick lighthouses on Lighthouse Island southeast of McClellanville, South Carolina. The lighthouses are on the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. They survived Hurricane Hugo that devastated the area. The lighthouses were named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
  • Hampton Plantation

    Hampton Plantation

    Hampton Plantation House and Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is a historic plantation, now a state historic site, north of McClellanville, Tucked away among live oaks and magnolias in the Santee Delta region, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is home to the remote, final remnants of a colonial-era rice plantation1950 Rutledge Rd, 

  • Hampton Plantation

    Hampton Plantation

    McClellanville, SC 29458

  • McClellanville       is a small fishing town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,023 at the 2010 census.  Stroll along the sidewalk on Pinckney Street. Historic clapboard homes shaded by grand oaks line the town’s main corridor. Browse through the handful of shops and then have lunch at T.W. Graham & Co., which features a menu of dishes made with the harvest from the chef’s own crab pots.

  • St. James Church, Santee, c 1768, also known as St. James Episcopal Church, Santee, is a historic church located in a remote portion of Francis Marion National Forest in Charleston County.  In January 1687 a group of French
    St. James Church, Santee, c 1768

    St. James Church, Santee, c 1768

    Protestant (Huguenot) immigrants ventured up the Santee River and found a 30-foot high limestone bluff where they sheltered beneath a sail until they could construct a more substantial building “in the Carolina fashion.” Although Wambaw Church stands alone on the old King’s Highway among the
    pines and oaks of the forest, it was once the center of a busy center.     
  • NOTE: Old Georgetown Road between south bank of the South Santee River and SC 45, about 6.6 miles (10.6 km) in length. It represents one of longest surviving unpaved sections of a colonial-era road network that extended all the way from Charleston, South Carolina to Boston, Massachusetts.
    33°09′15″N 79°28′46″W       
  • SeeWee Shell Ring  This shell ring in Awendaw is over 4000 years old… National Forest
     walk the Sewee Shell ring

    walk the Sewee Shell ring

    and walk the Sewee Shell ring interpretive trail  to learn more.  7915-7941 Gull Bay, Awendaw, SC 29429

    Ninja loves this place!

    Ninja loves this place!

  • The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center offers a variety of programs designed to introduce visitors to the unique heritage and natural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
  • The Center for Birds of Prey, Awendaw. dedicated to conservation through education… see more than 100 birds of prey…      The Center for Birds of Prey 4719 Highway 17N Awendaw, SC 29429
  • I’on Swamp Interpretive Trail A fascinating walk through a wetland world, this historic, self-guided, interpretive trail traverses embankments built as far back as the 1700s. The embankments and ditches were built to create a patchwork of fields for rice production during the lucrative rice era of the low country.

  • Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, From the Sewee Indians to pirates, from a Confederate tower to two nineteenth-century lighthouses, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge houses a rich history across the refuge’s maze of tidal creeks, marshes, and barrier islands.  Visitor Center: The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center are located ¼ mile north of the refuge office on U.S. Highway 17 North. Sewee Center 5821 Highway 17 North Awendaw, SC 29429   
  • Buck Hall Recreation Area offers a premier location to enjoy the outdoors. It is situated along the Intracoastal Waterway and provides great access to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, 65,000 acres of marsh, tidal creeks and beaches; and Bulls Bay, the coast’s best shrimp baiting area.  Buckhalll Landing Rd, McClellanville, SC 29458
  • Morris Island Light  Morris Island Light is a lighthouse on Morris Island in South Carolina. he Morris Island Light, located on Morris Island, at the entrance to the harbor of Charleston, SC, was one of the colonial lights turned over to the Federal Government under the terms of the act of August 7, 1789. The light stands on the southern side of the entrance to Charleston Harbor, Head to Folly Beach and take a left onto East Ashley Avenue and then follow it to the end. Find a legal spot to park your car and hit the trail. It starts here.
  • Castle Pinckney – Castle Pinckney was a small masonry fortification constructed by the United States government by 1810, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.It is collapsing into the sea. It was abandoned in 1951 by the National Park Service and left to rot in the spoils of the salt air, sea and wind.
  • Fort Moultrie    The first fort on Sullivan’s Island, constructed of palmetto logs and sand, was still incomplete when Commodore Sir Peter Parker of the Royal Navy and nine British men-of-war attacked it on June 28, 1776. After a nine-hour battle, the ships were forced to retire. Charlestown was saved from British occupation, and the fort was named in honor of its commander, Colonel William Moultrie. In May 1780 the British finally captured Charlestown, including Fort Moultrie, finally evacuating the city in December 1782 as the Revolution entered its final year. After the Revolution, Fort Moultrie was neglected, and by 1791 little of it remained.
  • The Battery (Charleston)      The Battery is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade in Charleston, South Carolina.

    The Battery (Charleston)

    The Battery (Charleston)

  • Named for a civil-war coastal defense artillery battery at the site, it stretches along the lower shores of the Charleston peninsula, bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, which meet here to form Charleston harbor. Historically, it has been understood to extend from the beginning of the seawall at the site of the former Omar Shrine Temple (40-44 East Bay Street) to the intersection of what is now Murray Boulevard and King Street.
  •  Angel Oak, Johns Island is a Southern live oak

    Angel Oak, Johns Island is a Southern live oak

    Angel Oak, Johns Island is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana)

     Angel Oak, Johns Island is a Southern live oak

    Angel Oak, Johns Island is a Southern live oak

    located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near CharlestonSouth Carolina. The tree is believed to be around 400-1000 years old.

  • List of National Historic Landmarks in South Carolina
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Charleston County, South Carolina

  •  The ACE Basin, is also one of its largest, encompassing a massive 350,000 acres. The ACE Basin is named for the three rivers – the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers – that converge here and drain into St. Helena Sound which spills into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Bull Island Boneyard Beach has seven pristine miles of completely undeveloped beach.

  • Capers Island, South Carolina undeveloped barrier island located about 15 miles north of Charleston between Dewees Island and the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The island lies about three miles from the mainland, is approximately three miles in length, and only accessible by boat. It encompasses 850 acres of maritime uplands, 214 acres of front beach, 1,090 acres of salt marsh, and over 100 acres of brackish water impoundments.

  • Magnolia Plantation of Charleston, SC: Founded in 1676, Magnolia Plantation has the honor of being known as the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America.
  • The Gullah/Geechee Nation exist from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL.  It encompasses all of the Sea Islands and thirty to thirty-five miles inland to the St. John’s River.  On these islands, people from numerous African ethnic groups linked with indigenous Americans and created the unique Gullah language and traditions from which later came “Geechee.”   The Gullah/Geechee people have been considered “a nation within a nation” from the time of chattel enslavement in the United States until they officially became an internationally recognized nation on July 2, 2000.   At the time of their declaration as a nation, they confirmed the election of their first “head pun deboddee”-head of state and official spokesperson and queen mother.  They elected Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation (
  • The ruins of Old Sheldon Church are the most visited attraction in Yemassee, The grounds include the ruins of the church, a historic old cemetery, large live oak trees with lots of Spanish moss and a great opportunity for a picnic in the shade. Park across the street.
  • ruins of Old Sheldon Church

    ruins of Old Sheldon Church

    ruins of Old Sheldon Church

    ruins of Old Sheldon Church

  • Daufuskie Island is a barrier island along coastal South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Georgia. It’s a place you can only get to by boat. They have 5 unique, well decorated and well-equipped cottages
  • The Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village covers 27 acres and has, well, we don’t know exactly how many citizens (5 to 9 families in the last ten years, according to one tipster). Oyotunji is not part of the United States, according to King (Oba) Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi I, who founded it in 1970 and moved it to its present site near Sheldon because its old neighbors complained about the tourists.  Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village 56 Bryant Ln. Sheldon, SC
  • Othe Places in South Carolina

  • God’s Acre Healing Springs is located on SC-3 about three miles north of Blackville, South Carolina. The spring is available 24 hours a day.
  • Vien Quang Buddhist Monastery of Clover, SC was founded in July of 2012.  a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monastery with a large temple, and 22 acres of grounds to explore. 1038-1044 Galway Ln, Clover, South Carolina. Visiting hours were recently posted as Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    
  • The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, Bishopville is located at 145 Broad Acres Road, Bishopville, SC, 29010..

Food Worth the drive

  • Grace & Grit, Mt Pleasant.  Creatively flavored grits accompany the surf ‘n’ turf at this area-sourced Southern specialist. Local ingredients, 15 different flavors of South Carolina Grits.    320 Wingo Way, Mt Pleasant,
  • Grace & Grit, Mt Pleasant

    Grace & Grit

  • Jestine’s Kitchen, 251 Meeting Street, Charleston.  Old-school eatery serving fried chicken, gumbo & other Southern classics in a cozy storefront.
  • The Cabana Cafe is right on the beach, at the Litchfield Inn,
  • Sun City Cafe Myrtle Beach  This place is super good!, first place I ever had a fish taco, they have a burrito w mashed potatoes as an ingredient, Mexican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian-Friendly     801 Main St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
  • Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits – Charleston.    476 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Hog Heaven BBQ & Raw Bar, Pawleys Island.Rustic, a homespun destination for seafood & BBQ with indoor seating, & outdoor picnic tables & a popular buffet.   7147 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585  
  • McClellanville Diner, Mc Clellanville.  A casual, roadside eatery with plenty of local character. Fresh seafood, veggies of the day, grits, homemade soups, sandwiches, Southern and Lowcountry cuisine. The fried shrimp and red rice are tops.   9905 N Hwy 17. Mc Clellanville, SC 29458
  • Seewee Restaurant, Awendaw.    Southern-style Local seafood, local farm to table veggies, sinful homemade desserts, & other fried fares in a casual joint with checkered tables & homey decor.  4808 N Hwy 17, Awendaw, SC 29429  Video on the travel channel click here.
  •  SEWEE OUTPOST, Awendaw.   the kitchen specializes in homemade southern foods. Made from scratch biscuits every morning and various specials for lunch. sandwiches feature fresh bakery bread and top quality ingredients. The deli meat is Boar’s Head brand Fantastic homemade chicken, shrimp or egg salads. A freezer is stocked with goodies including local meats, “Darling Farm meat cuts” veggies, desserts, and of course our famous cheese biscuits! The dry shelves are stocked with a variety of jams, jellies, sauces, marinades, and honey.
  • Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, Mt Pleasant.    Kitschy space-themed spot serving hot dogs topped with creative condiments, plus sides & ice cream.   2805 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466
  • Jack's Cosmic Dogs, Mt Pleasant. 

    Jacks Cosmic Dogs

  • Captain John’s Seafood Grill, Pawleys Island,   Comfortable, a booth-lined place with a Boston maritime theme & specialties like haddock, Ipswich Whole Belly Clams “My Favorite” & lobster rolls. 13057 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island, SC 29585  
  • Wreck of the Richard & Charlene, Mt Pleasant What you do get are paper plates filled with fresh local seafood 106 Haddrell St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
  • Lost Dog Cafe, Folly Beach. Lost Dog Cafe is to Folly as a biscuit is to the gravy.  People talk about friendly service, huevos rancheros and best shrimp and grits. My order is a cinnamon bun “made in house” and a side of Boars Head Bacon, and a House Coffee, “Dogs allowed outside
  • Lost Dog Cafe Folly Beach SC

    Lost Dog Cafe Folly Beach SC

  • PLT – Pine Lakes Tavern, Myrtle Beach.  Myrtle Beach First Non-Smoking Sports Bar, This rustic, smoke-free sports bar serving locally sourced food, daily specials on the Chalk Board Menu, has deck seating on a lake & entertainment, great food, good times. Dogs allowed on the patio.  5201 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
  • Bummz Beach Cafe, Myrtle Beach. Ocean Front  Laid-back American eatery with a large patio, ocean views & a menu of seafood, steak & burgers.  Indoor, and outdoor seating, great good, fantastic views.
  • Manny’s Subs  Manny’s deli was founded in 1993 by the Ardeljan family: Jon, Mary and their children Manny, Manuela and Marinela. Still solely operated by the family, Manny’s has blossomed into a thriving business, offering fresh subs, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. A local and tourist favorite, Manny’s always offering freshly sliced meats and made to order food.  5702 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
  • Donzelle’s RestaurantConway.  Located at 1703 Main St, Conway, SC 29526
  • Tomato Shed Cafe is located on Main Road on Johns Island and inside the Stone Market. farm-to-table restaurant
  •  Harold’s Country Club, Yemassee. located inside this converted filling station at 97 Highway 17 & 21 in Yemassee. This is a one of a kind ICONIC restaurant.
  • Mill Pond Steak House in Boykin.  open only for dinner and only Tuesday – Saturday nights.   84 State Rd S-28-2, Rembert, SC 29128.


Ferry to Daufuskie Island 

  • Auld Mound, or Yough Hall Plantation Shell Ring (38CH41) – Late Archaic shell ring, listed in National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).[10]
  • Barrows (38BU300) – Late Archaic shell ring.[11][12]
  • Bull Island (38BU475) – Shell ring of undetermined date.[13]
  • Buzzard’s Island Site (38CH23) – Late Archaic shell ring, listed in NRHP.[14]
  • Chester Field (38BU29) – Late Archaic shell ring, listed in NRHP.[15]
  • Coosaw Island (38BU1866) – Four shell rings, two conjoined, at least three are Late Archaic.[16]
  • Crow Island (38CH60) – “C”-shaped mound, possible shell ring.[17]
  • Fig Island Site (38CH42) – Three Late Archaic shell rings, one with several attached rings, listed in NRHP, National Historic Landmark (NHL).
  • Guerard Point (38BU21) Reported as a ring in 1897, now completely leveled.[18]
  • Hanckel Mound, or Leadenwah Creek Mount (38CH7) – Late Archaic shell ring, listed in NRHP.[19]
  • Horse Island (38CH14) – Late Archaic shell ring, listed in NRHP.[20]
  • Lighthouse Point Shell Ring, or Parrot’s Point Shell Ring (38CH12) – Late Archaic shell ring, listed in NRHP.[21]
  • Patent (38BU301) – Late Archaic shell ring.[11][22]
  • Sea Pines (38BU7) – Late Archaic shell ring, listed in NRHP.[23]
  • Sewee Mound (38CH45) – Late Archaic shell ring, listed in NRHP.[24]
  • Skull Creek (38BU8) – Two conjoined Late Archaic shell rings, listed in NRHP.[25]
  • Stratton Place (38CH24) – Late Archaic shell ring.[26]


Google map from Myrtle Beach with some of these listed on it

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