Before and After Freedom – Lowcountry Folklore and Narratives
In the late 1930’s the Writer’s Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) began an undertaking to document the history and folklore of South Carolina as told by surviving slaves and their descendants.  What was produced over the five-and-half-year project was an extensive collection – thousands of written pages – of African American folklore that had been passed down through generations and, until then, had never before been collected and published.
Before and After Freedom is a collection of authentic Lowcountry folklore as directly told to the WPA field workers and captured through their written reports.  Southern author Nancy Rhyne has assembled a cross-section of writing that gives the reader an understanding of the stories and superstitions embraced by generations of former slave and their families.  Along with WPA reports, Rhyne also has added stories from personal interviews and detailed research.  From former slaves to Charleston’s social elite and the state’s first governors, this is a diverse collection of tales, but all of them reveal a character and nature that is true to the South Carolina Lowcountry.

The History Press, 2005; Paperback; 95 pages; $14.99

The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina

“This history of Georgetown County is obviously a labor of love, based on a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the Palmetto State and an extensive search into the records of the Winyah Bay area.  Seven years in the making, this book is a model to be emulated by other county historians…This is a book for all history-of-the-South enthusiasts.  It is scholarly, interesting, and readable.”  – North Carolina Historical Review

By George C. Rogers, Jr.  Published by the Georgetown County Historical Society; Sixth Printing; $37.50.

WILD South Carolina

– 38 Trips for Nature Lovers –

South Carolina is a state of great natural beauty and rich biodiversity.  From mountainous rainforests to isolated barrier islands, the Palmetto State is a remarkable place to encounter abundant plant and animal life.  Compiled by mother-daughter team of naturalists Liesel and Susan Hamilton, with photos by Tori Steyne, Wild South Carolina – A Field Guide to Parks, Preserves and Special Places delves into the most intriguing outdoor destinations, offering advice on how, when and where to experience the state’s ecological treasures.

Hub City Press, 2016; Paperback; 167 pages; $19.95


The Beacons of South Carolina

Since man began to navigate the high seas, there has existed the need for signals to warn ships of dangerous shorelines  and guide them to safe passage.  As the New World was settled and intercoastal trade increased, merchants demanded protection on the high seas for their commerce.  The first lighthouse in South Carolina  was erected in 1767 on Morris Island at the entrance to Charleston Harbour.  The Beacons of South Carolina is a charming history and survey by Margie Willis Clary, and is dedicated to Save the Light, Inc. and all who cherish the lighthouse.

Sandlapper Publishing Co., Orangeburg, SC, 2005; Paperback; 126 pages; $19.95

A Guide to City of Georgetown Historic District

Published by the Georgetown County Historical Society, 2011  87 pages; Spiral-bound paperback; $10.00; Cover is different from that shown.

Georgetown and the Waccamaw Neck in Vintage Postcards

The  communities depicted in this collection of vintage postcards were among America’s wealthiest 150 years ago.  That legacy is still seen in architectural remnants – plantations, churches and town houses now restored to their former grandeur.  Author Susan Hoffer McMillan shares her passion for the Georgetown area as told through historical descriptions in more than 200 vintage postcards.  Whether a vacationer or resident in Georgetown’s tidelands, you are sure to enjoy in these pages the mystery and intrigue that this Lowcountry area imparts to all who experience its beauty.

Arcadia Publishing, 2003; 128 pages; paperback; $21.99

Georgetown and Winyah Bay – Images of America

By Mary Boyd and James Clark with the Georgetown County Historical Society.

Mary Boyd has drawn upon her research of early Georgetown newspapers and study of the history of Georgetown to team up with Jim Clark, who intimately knows the workings of the rivers and Winyah Bay.  The city’s heritage is based on the interconnectedness of the land and water and has given rise to one of the most interesting places in the Lowcountry.  The Images of America Series celebrates the history of neighborhoods towns, and cities across the country.  Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today.

Arcadia Publishing, 2010; 127 pages; paperback; $21.99

Georgetown County’s Historic Cemetaries

The history of Georgetown County is told and retold in every cemetary featured in  Georgetown County’s Historic Cemetaries.  The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country.  Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today.  The Arcadia series plays a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.  By Sharon Freeman Corey

Published by Arcadia Publishing, 2016; 127 pages; paperback; $21.99

Touring South Carolina’s Revolutionary War Sites

The Swamp Fox.  The Gamecock.  Old Hickory.  The names from Revolutionary War South Carolina are some of the most famous in US military history.  Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, ran the British ragged in the Low Country.  The young Andrew Jackson, “Old Hickory”, endured wartime tragedy to find the indomitable character that would carry him to the presidency.  With a little help from friends such as Nathanael Greene and Daniel Morgan, these warriors fought for liberty against Redcoats at places as renowned as the men themselves – Cowpens, Camden, Kings Mountain, Ninety Six, Sullivan’s Island.  The 21 tours in this book tell about Revolutionary War South Carolina at the sites where events occurred – at the homes of participants, on battlefields, at the graves of men and women who sacrificed for freedom.  South Carolinians maintain that their home saw more Revolutionary War action than any other colony – over 200 battles and skirmishes.  Readers will quickly perceive the truth behind the Palmetto State’s claim of being the “Battleground of Freedom.”

By Daniel W. Barefoot; published by John F. Blair, 1999; Paperback; 337 pages; $21.95

Black America Series – Georgetown County

In Georgetown County, South  Carolina, author Ramona La Roche has compiled a wide array of unique photographs and images, matched with informative research, capturing black life throughout the area, from the early farms and plantations to the local businesses in downtown Georgetown to the many churches and schools that dot the county’s landscape.  This is a wonderful journey into the county’s history and a fitting testament to the black community’s contributions, which have helped to shape the special character of Georgetown County.
Arcadia Publishing – Black America Series, 2000; Paperback, 128 pages; $21.99