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BEACHES front 2014.indd
Beaches
2014 Edition
A
Z
From
An
alphabetical
guide to
summer
on the
Waccamaw
Neck
to
PAWLEYS PIER | The island
landmark turns 60.
SECOND FRONT
Plus: The Pawleys Island Surf
Club made its home at
the pier back when its
members were young.
PAGE 35
FISHING | Advice on catching them
PAGE 12
in the surf.
Plus: How to throw a cast net.
PAGE 6
A chart of the summer tides. PAGE 37
JOGGLING BOARDS |
No porch is
complete without
one.
PAGE 19
ABOUT THIS ISSUE
For our annual Beaches edition, the Coastal Observer staff assembles
a selection of its reporting on subjects of interest to beach-goers. That
includes information about on-going activities and places to visit along
with some of the background about the area known as the Waccamaw
Neck.
There’s much more to do than will fit between the pages of a special
section. Nothing can take the place of seeing it firsthand and getting
some sand in your shoes.
You can keep up with the local news and events with the weekly edition of the Coastal Observer and through our website, coastalobserver.
com. You can also find updates on our Facebook page.
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ACCESS | An illustrated guide
Photos by Frances Bradshaw/Coastal Observer
North Litchfield
45 / Parker Drive
No designated parking
North Litchfield
46 / Parker at Windover
No designated parking
North Litchfield
47 / Parker at Fairfield
Emergency vehicle access
North Litchfield
48 / Parker Drive
No designated parking
North Litchfield
49 / Seaview Loop
No designated parking
North Litchfield
50 / Seaview Loop
No designated parking
North Litchfield
51 / Seaview Loop
7 marked spaces
North Litchfield
52 / Parker at Ancient Mariner
22 marked spaces
North Litchfield
53 / Parker at Mulberry
20 marked spaces
North Litchfield
54 / Parker at Eutaw
Handicapped access ramp
North Litchfield
55 / Shorebird Loop
No designated parking
North Litchfield
56 / Songbird Lane
20 parking spaces
North Litchfield
57 / Media Lane
8 parking spaces
North Litchfield
58 / Summertime Lane
Golf cart parking
North Litchfield
59 / Loggerhead Lane
Golf cart parking
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Litchfield Beach
60 / Norris Drive
23 marked spaces nearby
Litchfield Beach
61 / Norris at Powell Lane
No designated parking
Litchfield Beach
62 / Norris at Albert Lane
4 parking spaces
Litchfield Beach
63 / Norris at Lazy Lane
No designated parking
Litchfield Beach
64 / Norris at Mason Lane
4 parking spaces
Litchfield Beach
65 / Norris at Chesterfield
No designated parking
Litchfield Beach
66 / Norris Drive
No designated parking
Pawleys Island
Shell Road
11 spaces (1 handicapped)
Pawleys Island
Third Street
6 spaces (1 handicapped)
Pawleys Island
Second Street
14 spaces (1 handicapped)
Pawleys Island
Pearce Street
No designated parking
Pawleys Island
First Street
16 spaces (1 handicapped)
Pawleys Island
Hazard Street
7 parking spaces
Pawleys Island
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Pawleys Island
South end
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BOATING
Agencies promote safety
as more take to the water
BY JASON LESLEY
COASTAL OBSERVER
Chuck Weaver of the
Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol,
turns on the siren of his
24-foot, twin-engine EdgeWater boat and slows
down in order to pull
alongside a pontoon boot
in Winyah Bay.
Weaver greets the captain and asks if he would
like a safety inspection.
He checks to see if all passengers have life jackets,
the boat has a flotation
device that can be thrown
into the water in case of
emergency and that the
fire extinguisher and horn
work. After checking the
registration, he tells the
party of four to have a
good — and safe — day on
the water.
Though he is the only
full-time marine officer at
the sheriff’s office, Weaver is one of 14 patrolling
the 184 miles of rivers
and coastline and 23 boat
landings in the county.
At peak times such as
the July Fourth weekend,
sheriff’s office and state
Department of Natural
Resources officers conduct courtesy boat inspections. Those who are not
in compliance with safety
regulations or registration
requirements aren’t ticketed.
“The sheriff wants to
ensure all vessels are
safety equipped,” Weaver
said. “Our goal is to make
sure everybody is safe and
all equipment is up to regulation. We want to be
sure their life jackets are
not just old ones that have
been stuck in the bottom
of the boat and not deteriorated.”
Weaver said the sheriff’s office patrols Sandy
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer
Chuck Weaver, left, conducts an inspection.
Island quite a bit because
of complaints about boaters anchoring in the finger channels and partying. “We go up there to be
visible,” he said, “to make
sure people are watching
their language. Officers
also keep a watch over the
sand bar in Black River,
North Inlet and the Murrells Inlet creeks.
“When I see a crowded
vessel with 12 to 14 people, I want to make sure
there’s enough safety
equipment to cover everybody on that boat,” Weaver said. “That’s a flag for
me. Other than that, I
stop every other boat and
ask the captain if we can
do a safety inspection.”
Once a boat has passed
a sheriff’s office inspection, the captain is issued
the yellow copy of the
checklist. Weaver said the
captain can show that yellow copy to officers later
and be “good as gold.”
“It means you’ve been
checked,” he said, “and we
wave you on. Violators get
the white copy of the form.
“If we see three life jackets for four people,” Weaver said, “we ask them to
stop their enjoyment and
run over to Georgetown
Marina, the Reserve or
Wacca Wache to get what
they need. We’re not wanting to be the mean police.
“Instead of writing
somebody a ticket, we’ll
give them a whistle. A
safety equipment violation for a sounding device or a fire extinguisher
is $125 plus court costs. If
we can give them a whistle, it’s better for them.”
Weaver said a typical
day of water patrol will
result in 40 to 50 boat inspections. He’s most concerned with carelessness
like a personal watercraft
operator trying to jump
a boat’s wake or boaters
under the influence of alcohol. The presence of officers will deter some
boaters from tempting
fate, he said.
“If we see a vessel that
is starting to get loud and
obnoxious, we remind
them there are families
nearby and note the alcoholic beverages consumed.
If you have a designated
driver, be sure they can
control the vessel. I have
seen a 12-year-old at the
helm of a 31-foot Contender.”
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Kayaks fill Pawleys Creek for the annual races sponsored by the town.
The races are scheduled in July according to the tides.
Where to find a boat (or a board)
There’s plenty to do in the waterways that define the Waccamaw Neck.
The area is full of tidelands and marsh,
creeks and tributaries and inlets to
tour or fish whether by paddleboard or
skiff. Murrells Inlet alone has dozens
of named creeks and tangled tributaries. Pawleys Creek simply runs alongside the western shore of the island from
Midway Inlet to Pawleys Inlet, providing an easy stretch at high tide.
When out on the water bring plenty of
bottled water, sunscreen and bug spray.
If you didn’t arrive on vacation with
a boat strapped to the car roof or towed
on a trailer there’s still watercraft available.
Surf the Earth rents surfboards, paddleboards, bodyboards and all forms
of kayaks. The staff leads guided kayak tours through the salt marsh creeks
and around the barrier islands, including sunset and full-moon tours. They
also have paddleboard yoga tours. Surf
the Earth also gives lessons and holds
camps. Go to surf-the-earth.com or call
235-3500.
Pawleys Island Beach Service rents
paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. Call
237-4666 or go to pibeachservice.com.
Along with singles, doubles, paddleboards and canoes, Pawleys Kayak
Rentals can also fix you up with a crab
trap or crab line. Call 315-4567 or go to
pawleyskayaks.com.
The Reserve Harbor Yacht Club on
the Waccamaw River at Willbrook Plantation has a pontoon boat and a skiff for
rent. Call 314-5133 or go to morningstarmarinas.com/reserve-harbor.
Up the river at Wacca Wache Marina, Tidewater Excursions rents a 24foot party barge. Kayaks and other gear
plus a tour guide are available as well.
Call 651-7171 ot go to waccawachemarina.com.
Black River Outdoors Center in
Georgetown rents a variety of kayaks
and canoes. The center specializes in
guided kayak eco-tours through cypress
swamps, Murrells Inlet, Georgetown
harbor, Sandy Island and the waters
around Huntington Beach State Park.
Call 877-360-4220 or go to blackriveroutdoors.com.
Express Watersports in Murrells Inlet has new Jet Skis to rent this summer. They also rent kayaks and paddleboards. They also offer kayak tours
through Murrells Inlet. Diving lessons
and tours are available through its Scuba Express business. Call 357-3337 or
go to expresswatersports.com.
Captain Dick’s at the Crazy Sister
Marina in Murrells Inlet rents skiffs
and pontoon boats in addition to Jet
Skis. Paddleboards and kayaks are also
available and tours are offered. Call
651-3676 or go to captdicks.com.
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CAST NETS
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer
Untangling
the mysteries
of catching bait
Throwing the net up
and out, above, will
make sure it lands
in a shape to catch
bait. The net at left is
coiled and ready to
throw.
BY JAMES WILLIAMSON
the fish inside.
Casters often hold the net
between their teeth as they
get ready to throw. Camlin adopted his method from Linda
Beckham, a former co-worker.
It’s a no-mouth cast method.
Here’s how it works for a net
up to 5 feet:
• First, make sure none of
the lines are tangled.
• Attach the throw line to
your right wrist and coil it into
your right hand.
• Hold the net by your side
and let the lead line of weights
rest on the ground.
• Grab the net with your
right hand at about your pocket.
• Reach down to the lead line
with your free hand, straight
down, and place a weight between your right thumb and
forefinger. With your free hand
COASTAL OBSERVER
There’s an art to turning a
twisted tangle of rope, mesh
and lead weights into a thing of
beauty.
“Swing kind of hard, but let
go with both hands,” Richard
Camlin, senior interpreter at
Hobcaw Barony, said.
Leaving his grasp, a cast
net spreads through the air in
a delicate arc, the filaments
catching the light over North
Inlet. Camlin taught a cast-netting class this spring.
In the air, the net should resemble a grapefruit, not a taco.
“A perfect circle is what you
want, otherwise you can throw
it on top of bait all day, but if it’s
in the shape of a taco, they’re
not inside where you can close
on them,” Camlin said.
There are two main uses for
a cast net.
“If you’re out in a boat in a
creek you can see where the
mullet are jumping and you
can cast it there,” Camlin said.
“The other time is when you’re
shrimping. You set bait balls
and you have your poles and
you cast on top to get your
shrimp.”
Shrimp baiting season is set
by state law for 60 days from
September to November and
requires a permit.
A state fishing license is required to take fish with a cast
net. They can’t be used to catch
gamefish in freshwater.
Mullet are popular as bait
and swim in schools that make
ideal targets for cast nets. They
are plentiful in the estuaries.
Cast nets come in many sizes and with different mesh siz-
es depending on their use
“To learn on a small net is
better than a bigger one,” said
Camlin. “Don’t throw it on top
of oysters if you can help it.
Otherwise you’ll get holes in
your net.”
The net consists of a handline that is joined by a swivel
to braille lines that lead to the
weights at the foot of the net.
While the net fans out when it
is thrown, it collapses when the
handline is pulled and it traps
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Keep your right hand with all
the material near your chest.
The net will be one-quarter
of the way open.
• Rotate your body back to
the right and immediately back
to the left and release smoothly
with outstretched arms.
• Let the net sink a bit and
then pull in the throwline. This
will bring the lead line up to the
horn, or ring, and trap any bait.
• Grasp the horn and let go
of the throw line to empty bait
into a bucket.
To throw with your left hand,
reverse positions.
When you’re finished rinse
the net with fresh water. Hang
it by the horn and let the lead
lines touch the ground to dry
without stretching its knots or
mesh.
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DOGS
Beaches 7
Leash? Check. Sunscreen? Yup.
The shade of a beach chair doesn’t
always offer the best respite for frolicking dogs. Like humans, they are just
as susceptible to the summer sun and
heat.
“The better time of the day is the
morning and evening to take your dog
to the beach,” said Dr. Stacy Whetstone of the Pawleys Veterinary Hospital. She recommends that dog owners bring a tent to provide enough
shade for a dog to avoid the possibility
of heat stroke and a special collar with
ice packs to keep animals cool.
“Sand can be hot on their feet,” she
said, “another good reason to avoid the
heat of the day.”
Except for treats, it’s best if a
dog doesn’t eat on the beach, “especially shells,” Whetstone emphasized.
“Shells
can
cause
obstruction.” Saltwater can lead to dehy-
dration and stomach irritation as well.
Splashing in the surf can cause topical heartworm, flea or tick medication
to lose its effectiveness near the end of
the month. “They can switch to an oral
tablet,” she said, “something that’s not
going to wash off.”
If a dog has a thin coat or hairless
areas around the nose, tips of the ears
or belly, it’s recommended to apply a
sunscreen specially formulated for
dogs.
On Pawleys Island, dogs must be
on a leash when off the owner’s property. The town also requires owners to
clean up any pet waste left by their dog
when it’s off their property. There are
plastic waste bags at some beach accesses.
On other beaches in Georgetown
County, dogs must be on a leash between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. From 9 p.m.
to 7 a.m. dogs are allowed off the leash
if they are under the owner’s command
and not causing a nuisance. On the Litchfield beaches, waste bags are provided in dispensers at beach accesses.
At Huntington Beach State
Park dogs must be on a leash at all
times.
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EROSION
Beaches 9
Adrift in a sea of sand
Dunes start off as nothing
more than drifting sand. Sea
oats and dune grasses trap the
sand when onshore winds blow
it across the beach. The sand
builds up until a storm comes
along.
“We have lost effectively 18
feet of sand dune since Hurricane Sandy,” said Pawleys Island Mayor Bill Otis. “Particularly the center of the island.
The north and south end have
both suffered significant erosion.”
Otis added that it’s not just
a Pawleys Island problem. The
whole beachfront of the state
has been dramatically affected, he said. He believes Paw-
leys’ current dune state have
returned to the condition they
were in following Sandy in
2012.
Erosion over the winter left
a 12-14 foot scarp on at least 80
percent of the island.
But sand that’s washed away
from the dunes by a pounding
surf doesn’t disappear, it simply moves elsewhere within the
beach-dune system.
“Erosion is a very natural thing,” said Orrin Pilkey,
emeritus professor of earth and
ocean sciences at Duke University. “Sand comes into the
beach and sand comes back to
the dunes from the beach. It’s a
back and forth thing.”
In response to a storm, the
beach will flatten. This dissipates wave energy over a
broader surface and the eroded
sand eventually returns during fair weather. “It’s a beautiful way that the beach saves itself,” Pilkey said.
Evidence shows that sea levels are rising and erosion will
continue to diminish beachfronts at higher rates. Pilkey
explained that in some cases
erosion has actually been the
result of beach nourishment.
“Artificial sand does not do
as good as natural sand as a
rule. At a minimum, nourished
beaches disappear twice as fast
as a natural beach,” he said.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer
The last nourishment project on Pawleys was in 2007 and
placed 38,000 cubic yards of
sand on the beachfront. All of it
was dredged from shoals on either end of Pawleys Creek.
Dunes are so important to
the island that they are pro-
tected by town law. Access to
the beach is limited to walkways and damaging a dune carries a fine of up to $250. Sea
oats are protected by state law.
Cutting or breaking the plants
carries a fine of up to $200.
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FASHION
Beaches 11
BY CARRIE HUMPHREYS
FOR THE OBSERVER
W
1960S when John Smith,
the California founder of Ocean Pacific, designed OP’s original logo for surfboards, his
creation would eventually launch a new
trend in fashion apparel? In the following years, OP
went from a board logo to a line of active sportswear and
accessories with an instantly recognizable label.
What began as functional, high performance clothing,
like board shorts, muscle tanks, wetsuits, rash guards,
and swimsuits is now mainstream, combining function
with fashion. Today, 50 years later, hip fashionistas of
all ages, have embraced the retro, color splashed casualwear. OP is now sold in Walmarts, accessable to all.
And the styles of Quiksilver, Hurley, Roxy and Volcom,
for example, are worn not only by the seaside surf-set,
but by land-lovers everywhere. Surf garb has washed
ashore. Cowabunga.
Even trendy high-end local ladies boutiques, such as
Taz, hardly a surf shop, offer some sun-kissed garments
inspired by the seacoast. Manager Glenna Manning
notes that among the store’s beach inspired selections
are specialty tees, “long” Bermuda shorts and cropped
pants, gauzy shirts and crayon colored sundresses.
Pawleys Island Wear sports a variety of womens’
California themed show-stoppers. Buyer Lindsey Kirby,
who admitted she occasionally dons surf-shop logo duds
herself, purchased several lines of what she called “surflike” fashion silhouettes for her Hammock Shop store.
The selections range from flirty Roxy-type dresses to
flowing silk sun-wear topping skinny jeans.
Even local surf shops sell more than boardwear these
days. At Surf the Earth, owner/buyer Deana Benston
fills her surf hangout with warm weather attire for the
relaxed beachy lifestyle for men and women.
“It’s not all performances pieces anymore. A lot of our
surf brands are leaning toward the older customer. It’s
a relaxed, flowy, Bohemian ’60s style, often with ethnic type patterns that are comfortable for any age person.” Dresses and skirts, Benston said, range from mini
to maxi. Shorts go from very short to the longer 11-inch
length. Her racks include woven, button down shirts;
cardigan sweaters; leggings; and beanies.
Although Surf the Earth has its own exclusive label, Benston suggests that adults, as well as youth, are
not as keen on labels as they once were. “Surf brands
are steering more away from the large logo and scaling down, using more subtle, low key branding. Some
manufacturers offer shirts, for instance, with no logo at
all,” she said. “The brands are becoming very homogenized.” And it’s not just surfer-inspired apparel that
has been adopted by the non-surfing customer, Benston
said. Footwear is a hot item. “Sanuck, an unconstructed
shoe nearly like a sandal, which originated in the surf
industry, has been copied by several major shoe manufacturers.”
And everybody is wearing “Stance,” a funky colorful
patterned tube sock, Benston said. “They are huge right
now even for young adults.”
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Coastal Observer
Summer 2014
F ISHING
There’s got to be a catch
BY JASON LESLEY
COASTAL OBSERVER
Fishing guide Kevin Grant of
Pawleys Island Outdoors fished
the surf and creek at Pawleys
Island when his family came
here on vacation years ago. Now
he helps other vacationers have
that same experience.
Grant runs Pawleys Island
Outdoors, a shop on Highway 17 with hunting and fishing supplies, and guides fishermen to where fish are biting
in the ocean or the creek. A native of Hartsville, Grant moved
to Pawleys Island after high
school and lived in Columbia
and Charleston before returning eight years ago.
He suggests a rod between
7 and 11 feet long and a double drop rig for surf fishing.
Bloodworms or shrimp will attract smaller fish like whiting,
croaker or pompano. Cut mullet, menhaden or finger mullet
are better for red drum, black
drum or sharks.
Grant tells surf fishermen
to scout out the beach at low
tide, looking for contours. Bait
Southern Tide
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Pelagic
fish follow the tides looking for
mole crabs and other food and
return to deeper water through
the small channels in the sand.
That’s where larger fish congregate, and the fishing is most
promising, he said.
“People try to cast out as far
as they can,” Grant said, “but a
lot of times there is more action
in the breakers. Bait is more
disoriented, and the oxygen
level is higher.” Using smaller
tackle with 10- to 20-pound test
line can be effective.
Pawleys Creek is home to
flounder, and Grant says mud
minnows, finger mullet, small
menhaden and artificials like
plastic shrimp or minnows or
mirror lures can be effective in
shell beds and creek mouths.
From a small boat, fishermen
can troll those same baits along
the bottom. Grant leads a fourhour creek charter for two people for $350 and has other family charters that let parents and
children fish for awhile and hop
out on the beach.
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With mole crabs as bait, Archambault used light line,
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his younger days. He would cast
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along the surf fishing for pompano, black drum, sheepshead,
croaker, spot and whiting.
He would avoid spots on the
beach with vacationers sitting
in lawn chairs, watching their
big rods stuck in spikes.
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line weighted only with split
shot.
Pawleys Island is loaded with
good fishing spots. Groins on
the south end offer edges with
stronger currents where bait
— and predators — congregate
around washout holes, Archambault said. The pilings of the
Pawleys Pier are good fishing
spots, too, and Pawleys Creek’s
tidal currents move bait fish.
When scoping out a beach for
fishing, Archambault likes to
wade out on sand bars, looking
for predators’ “ambush points”
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before he drops in hooks
baited with small finger
mullet, shrimp or an artificial grub jig.
“South Carolina beaches tend to show zig-zag
patterns with sandbars
running diagonally out
from the beach,” he said.
“Behind them are sloughs,
where pools of water form
at low tide. Waves are
constantly pushing water up the beach, but it
doesn’t flow back to sea
uniformly. Where the water flows back out through
the sloughs can be good
places to fish.”
■
NOVICE FISHERMEN often try to cast far beyond
the surf and miss opportunities. Chris Bowers,
a ranger at Huntington
Beach State Park, said he
uses two rods: one deep
and one shallow, where
the waves break over
sandbars, a likely place
for larger fish to be feeding. The wave action stirs
up the bait. Sometimes,
the fish are right at the
breaking point, he said.
Another tip: Instead of
using a whole shrimp and
a big hook, use one-third
of a shrimp on a small
hook while fishing in shallow water.
As for the ideal time
of day to catch fish in the
surf, Archambault prefers
dusk. But there are just
as many successful fishermen who like dawn, especially after a dark night.
The same conflicting advice abounds regarding
tides. Archambault said
a flood tide can bring fish
closer to the beach, but
that’s not always true.
The water is clearer on
high tide, but the mullet
come out of their pools on
the muddy ebb.
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live bait if they can catch
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breakers. Most of the surf
fishermen in the summer
are just having fun and
hanging out, she said, so
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Summer 2014
HOBCAW BARONY
Plantation tract
marks 50 years
of research
BY JASON LESLEY
COASTAL OBSERVER
A little imagination, a lot of sand
BY JAMES WILLIAMSON
COASTAL OBSERVER
Some lay out in the sun
and relax. Others prefer
to keep busy until the sun
fades into twilight.
“People talk to each
other when they’re playing games,” said Barry
Coleman, author of “Best
Beach Games.” He and
his family adapted games
that he played as a child
on a farm in Travelers
Rest to the beach, integrating items found along
the tide line. “Basically,
we have a game day.”
The Toy Isle tries to
stock beach games that
appeal to the whole family, said Gerri Gaynor, the
owner.
“It just brings the family together and makes for
fun and takes care of that
rainy day at the beach,”
she said.
Games and kites were
strong sellers last summer, along with books
about shells. Another
popular item was a mesh
bag filled with toys. “You
can shake the sand right
out. Moms will love that,”
Gaynor said.
The card game Spot it!
has been the store’s most
popular item and this
summer Spot it! Splash
arrives. The cards feature
sea creatures and are laminated to prevent water
damage.
Another big selling
game at the Toy Isle has
been the Tiki Toss, the
hook and ring game, also
known as the Bimini Ring
Toss.
Cornhole caught the
most interest at the Pawleys Island Beach Service last summer. “A wide
range of ages in families
can play it,” said Kristie
Baxley, the manager, “and
you don’t have to be that
skilled.”
The store rents boards
that are equipped with
regulation-size beanbags.
It also has bocce sets, badminton and beach paddle
ball, which are perennial
favorites.
Pawleys Island Supplies sold out of KanJam.
“It’s a game from New
York,” David Altman, an
employee, explained. “You
have two buckets and you
try to toss a Frisbee in the
bucket.”
Perhaps the most essential item to bring for a
day of play on the beach is
a good imagination.
“We started off with
laundry bags filled with
tons of toy trucks and I
got tired of carrying that
Bocce is a popular
pastime at the beach.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer
much stuff,” Coleman
said. “We began playing a memory game that
we learned from another
family at the beach, then
started playing tic-tac-toe
and taking marbles to the
beach with us and it grew
from there.”
Among the games in
his book is “Speedway.”
Each player finds a
shell for the race. An 8-by10-foot oval track 18 inches wide is drawn in the
sand. Seven spaces are
marked on the straightaways and five on the
curves.
The oval provides an
infield for players and, in
best Darlington fashion,
spectators.
A roll of the die by each
player advances their
shell along the track by
the equivalent number of
spaces from the starting
line. If the same number
is rolled three times in a
row, the shell “spins out”
and moves back that number of spaces.
The first player to complete five laps wins, unless you are playing the Le
Mans version.
Fifty years have passed since Belle
Baruch placed the 17,500 acres of her
beloved Hobcaw Barony into the hands
of a foundation to be preserved for
scientific research and education.
Perhaps that’s why this southwestern
tip of the Waccamaw Neck has remained
a mystery to many a passerby. It’s no runof-the-mill tourist attraction, open to the
public to drive its dirt roads and roam
through historic houses. Belle didn’t
allow trespassing. It’s still private, not
government, property, despite the 4-to-1
ratio of university research to foundation
staff. However, with the renovation of a
new Discovery Center and an increasing
number of opportunities to tour the
property, Hobcaw is becoming more of a
place to visit rather than wonder about.
“In 1964, at the time of her death,”
senior interpreter Lee Brockington told
a group hiking the property this spring,
“her will included a plan unknown
anywhere else in the U.S. to create
an outdoor laboratory that was selfsupporting for the benefit of researchers
of environmental science in colleges and
universities.”
Belle did not leave the foundation
much leeway in interpreting her wishes.
It must raise half its budget through
grants and donations annually to
maintain the 37 historic structures on
the property that include her father
Bernard Baruch’s Hobcaw House and
her own house, Bellefield, in addition to
stables, slave villages, superintendents’
houses and an airplane hangar.
Remnants of Belle’s influence are
ubiquitous, even after half a century.
The stable of her champion jumping
horse Souriant remains as she left it.
The landing strip she used for her single
engine Stinson plane is visible, though
pines were planted on it 30 years ago.
Bellefield itself is due for a refurbishing
that will help keep her memory alive.
■
An organized hike to Hobcaw’s
Barnyard Village this spring allowed
a small group of visitors to see the
land that Bernard Baruch called his
“Shangri-La” when he found it for
sale in 1905. Eliza and Robert James
Donaldson had tried growing rice on
the old plantation property since 1875.
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Unfortunate weather — a terrible
hurricane, drought and heavy rains
— ruined any slim chance they had
of profit. Baruch bought the property
for pennies on the dollar for a hunting
ground and escape from New York City.
Baruch’s arrival at Hobcaw — and his
decision to sell it to his daughter — led
to the preservation of the land much as
it appeared a century ago.
Belle Baruch rode through the same
woods the hikers walked. She would
have mounted a horse near Bellefield
and galloped through the sandy pine
forest and up a tiny elevation change
that provides habitat for live oaks,
water oaks and holly. Spanish moss
hangs from tree limbs.
There’s a small cemetery hidden by the
woods near the start of the hiking trail.
Strawberry Hill Cemetery is one of five
on the property. Friendfield Plantation
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer
The former home of Bernard Baruch overlooks Winyah Bay.
overseer John Thompson is buried here
with his wife, Sara, and a newborn.
Brockington said Thompson’s brother,
William, arrived at the plantation with
nothing but the clothes on his back and
a horse around 1832. Within a year, his
brother and sister-in-law were dead and
he was overseer.
Also buried at Strawberry Hill are
Eliza and Robert James Donaldson who
sold out to Bernard Baruch in 1905.
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HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK
INDIGO
Taking in the sights
beyond the beach
When blue
was golden
for planters
BY JASON LESLEY
COASTAL OBSERVER
Huntington Beach State
Park is a great place to explore
by bicycle. An easy 5-mile ride
will take visitors to almost all
the park’s points of interest.
J.W. Weatherford, assistant
manager, said the park was
formed in 1960 when sculptor
Anna Hyatt Huntington leased
2,500 acres to the state for $1
a year and the staff’s “love and
affection” for the house and the
beach.
Anna and Archer Huntington bought four former rice
plantations and 3 miles of coastline known as Magnolia Beach
in 1929 after she was diagnosed
with tuberculosis, Weatherford
said. Doctors advised the Huntingtons, residents of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey,
to spend winters in a warmer
climate. They built their new
home, Atalaya, designed like
a Moorish castle found off the
coasts of Spain and Portugal,
between 1931 and ’34. “At the
time,” Weatherford said, “the
Huntingtons were the No. 1
employer in Georgetown County, just building the house.”
Atalaya and Brookgreen
Gardens are connected by the
Straight Road, leading from the
couple’s home and sculpture
studio to stables and animal
pens. “When Anna was sculpting in winter and wanted a live
animal as a model, she would
ring for one of the servants to
go and bring it back down the
Straight Road,” Weatherford
said. “They kept horses, bears,
monkeys — anything she was
sculpting.”
Her genius, Weatherford
said, pointing to the “Fighting
Stallions” at the Brookgreen
Gardens entry, was in reproducing the anatomy of animals,
right down to the muscles and
tendons. She was among the
first sculptors to use aluminum, he said.
The concrete Straight Road
and its single gate served as
the original entry to the park
in 1960. Officials quickly saw
the need for an exit gate and
attempted to copy the archi-
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer
Ironwork grills decorate the windows at Atalaya.
tecture. The decorative elements aren’t much of a match,
the ranger points out. Eventually, the entrance was moved a
quarter mile north to accommodate RVs and the park’s 25,000
visitors a year.
The Straight Road is the best
place to encounter an alligator
in warm weather, Weatherford
said. They cross the road, moving from freshwater Mallard
Pond to the brackish Mullet
Pond to sun and eat. Gators —
there are about 60 in the park
— also cross the causeway road
into the salt marsh to find other food, from crabs to stingrays.
The Straight Road ends at
Atalaya’s gate. “Archer Huntington was a lover of everything Spanish,” Weatherford
said, “and Atalaya is Spanish for watchtower. He traveled a lot with his father, being
so wealthy, all around Europe
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was Spain.”
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to look for pirates,” Weather
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at
Strawberry Hill, an old brick
rice mill stands as a tribute
to the past. Three brick walls
remain with only a line shaft to
hint at the modernized process
of packaging rice for sale.
Before mechanization, slaves
did the work of cutting the
rice stalks, beating the kernels
loose, breaking the husk from
the rice and tossing it in the
wind with winnowing baskets
to separate the chaff. Progress
came
slowly.
Winnowing
houses were tall structures
with a hole in the top floor so
rice could drop below into sacks
as the chaff was blown aside.
The
early
rice
mills
mechanized the steps using
water power, according to
Alec Tuten, a volunteer guide.
Without waterfalls, coastal mill
operators lowered the mill’s
water wheel to catch the rising
and falling tides. The mill at
Hobcaw was run on steam
power, Tuten thinks. The
turning line shaft operated a
series of devices. A mechanical
arm flailed the kernels off the
stalks. Another pounded the
husk off. A third dropped the
rice in front of a fan to blow
away the chaff before it fell into
barrels.
“Instead of having 75 to 100
people to produce clean rice,”
Tuten said, “a mill might not
have but 10.”
The Donaldsons used the
mill at Hobcaw until it burned
in 1903. For them, that was the
last straw.
Baruch’s purchase two years
later saved Hobcaw’s forests
from the sawmill, as lumber became Georgetown’s prime export. He established a nature
retreat suitable for celebrities.
Winston Churchill came to visit and rode by car with Baruch
to Miami and back. President
Franklin D. Roosevelt spent
time here during World War II
to rest and recuperate. To provide suitable comforts, Baruch
retained the 100 or so black
residents and the dozen white
supervisors for roadwork, horse
training, cleaning stalls, digging ditches, maintaining fences, cooking, cleaning and feeding dogs.
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BARUCH,
wealthy
LIKE
Northerners bought many
of the large properties in
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Carolina Gold is more famous, but indigo blue also
made colonial era planters in
South Carolina wealthy.
Cultivation of the imported
indigo plant began with Eliza
Pinckney, who managed her
family plantations at age 16
and produced the first commercially-successful crop in 1742.
By 1775, South Carolina exported more than 1 million
pounds of indigo a year which
accounted for a third of the colony’s economy.
Georgetown planters created the Winyah Indigo Society
in 1755. In 1765, Georgetown
County exported 42,909 pounds
of indigo, most of which was
grown on plantations along the
Waccamaw and Black rivers.
Producing the dye was no
easy task. Just growing it required a complex irrigation system and intensive fertilization.
Its extraction process required
slaves to tend to the vats of
blue liquid for hours and hours.
Indigo exports collapsed
in 1783 when competitors secured the lucrative British
market. Many planters shifted
to cotton, and rice continued to
thrive.
The indigo plant.
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Hobcaw
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Georgetown
County.
“They
paid
property tax, bought local equipment,
brought guests on their yachts, but they
also brought employment,” Brockington
said.
Baruch added kitchens with wood
stoves and front porches to cabins
where his employees lived. He built new
houses to keep them on the property in
the 1930s, but they never had electricity
like Hobcaw House, Bellefield and
his children’s doll house — or indoor
plumbing. “He did a lot,” Brockington
said, “but he could have done so much
more.”
Though the slave villages were
abandoned, their significance was never
lost on Belle. They remained intact, and
the foundation attempts to conserve
them today by keeping the roofs in good
shape and mowing to minimize the
threat of fire.
Already an outstanding sailor and
equestrian, Belle took up flying in 1939
and bought a single-engine Stinson and
a twin-engine Beechcraft. Just as she
was spreading her wings, World War II
grounded her. The U.S. Army Air Corps
confiscated both planes.
Belle spent her time watching the
coast for German submarines and trying
to pick up Morse code messages to relay
to the FBI. When the Army didn’t use
the planes and left the hangar’s door
unlocked, Belle reclaimed them. The
planes were sold upon Belle’s death, and
the runway was planted in pine trees in
the 1980s when drug trafficking became
so prevalent that private air strips were
watched with suspicion.
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GEORGE CHASTAIN, executive director
of the foundation, said Hobcaw must
continue opening its doors to the public
and sharing the Baruch legacy. “We try
to remain true to Belle’s vision for the
property,” he said. “She was a woman
who saw conservation of the property as
the most important part of what she did
in creating the trust. We still try to adhere
to her vision of conserving the property
and using it for research with colleges
and universities. Our partnership with
the schools, the environmental research
that goes on here, is much more than
Belle envisioned. That’s still the driving
force as to what we do.”
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ford said. “Here, he used it to have
running water. A pump on the north
side pumped water to a large tank in
the tower, and gravity fed water to the
rooms below.”
Weatherford said Atalaya was the
first residence on the Waccamaw Neck
to have electricity. “They paid for lines
to be run from Georgtetown,” he said.
“Over the rivers, through the woods to
Atalaya it went.”
Weatherford said Archer’s construction foreman’s journals reveal his frustration building Atalaya. “Sir,” the journal says, “if you give me a little more information, I would know what you wanted to build here.”
He gave an example. One day, Huntington ordered a brick wall to be built.
The masons carefully scraped the excess
mortar off the bricks to provide the clean
lines of modern day construction. When
Huntington saw the wall, he made them
tear it down. He wanted the mortar oozing between the bricks because that was
the way they did it in Spain. The ma-
sons called it the “Huntington Squeeze,”
Weatherford said.
The home survived two big
hurricanes, Hazel and Hugo. “You can
see cracks in the bricks,” Weatherford
said. “There were not many things north
or south of Charleston that survived as
well as Atalaya.”
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at the salt marsh boardwalk near the
nature center. Weatherford said the
view from the boardwalk gives visitors
a feel for the vastness of the 2,500-acre
property that is mostly marsh. He pointed out a clump of trees in the distance,
Drunken Jack’s Island. It’s called a
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island is covered by rough vegetation.
“This boardwalk is the best place to
see nature,” Weatherford said, “even
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J OGGLING BOARDS
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No porch
is complete
without one
BY JAMES WILLIAMSON
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One evening an elderly woman from Hopsewee Plantation
who suffered from severe arthritis went outside to catch
some fresh air. She came across
a plank set between two blocks
left by workmen. She sat. She
bounced. The motion eased her
pain.
She had a replica made for
her porch. Children and adults
from around the area visited to
“joggle.” A new kind of porch
rocker was born.
That’s the tale told by the
late Dickie Crayton, the Pawleys Island joggling board master. He likely localized it from
the popular story about a woman in Sumter County who
found therapeutic value in joggling and had a board made by
relatives in Scotland.
It’s also been called the
“courtship board.” A couple who
start at either end will meet in
the middle as they bounce on
the 16-foot-long curved pine
board suspended between two
rockers.
Ernie Cribb recalled that a
woman came into his store one
day asking about the appeal of
joggling boards. “It’s relaxing,
you just sit there and bounce,”
he said.
“That’s crazy,” she replied.
The joggling board has been
a feature of Pawleys Island
homes since the early 20th century. It’s estimated that about
one-third of the homes have
one.
Cribb began building joggling boards in 1984 as a hobby
that turned into the Old Southern Workshop that’s behind his
house.
He asked the skeptical woman if she liked rocking chairs.
She did. So he explained that
the joggling board rocks from
side to side as well as bounces
up and down.
“I went inside to do something and she was sitting on
the joggling board bouncing up
and down drinking a Coke. She
was out there for 15 minutes,”
Cribb recalled.
He learned to build joggling
boards from Crayton. In the beginning, he just wanted one for
his mother. “You’ve been in the
carpenter business, you know
how to make them,” Crayton
said.
“I said I didn’t know how to
make them. And he said, ‘Come
on over, I’ll show you,’” Cribb
said.
Crayton’s joggling boards
had a distinctive rock, more
than some boards, but smooth.
“Some of them I’ve seen are a
little more flat. They’d be very
smooth rocking,” said Grace
Avery, an understudy to Crayton before his death in 2000.
She inherited Crayton’s company, the Original Pawleys Island
Joggling Board, and moved it to
Ashville, N.C. She retired the
business three years ago.
“He was a real master craftsman. He hand selected the
boards. He looked for the proper grain, tight grain but had to
have the flex and the joggle in
it,” she said.
Crayton planed the boards
by hand to give it the proper flex. He also fashioned the
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Ernie Cribb has kept the tradition alive. He learned from Dickie Crayton, the master
of Pawleys Island joggling boards.
pegs at either side of the plank
by hand. “It’s a lot of standing, grinding, patching, at least
three coats of paint. It’s a fairly time consuming project,” she
said.
“If I were to start first thing
in the morning, I could make
one in a day,” said Cribb.
But the beauty of a joggling
board is in the details, such as
the rounded edges and a board
sanded to eliminate splinters.
Finding the right lumber is
the biggest challenge. Cribb
emphasized the importance of
hand-selecting a yellow pine
board that’s knot-free.
“The board will get older and
the knot will shrink and pop
out. If you were to stress it, it
would probably break right
there,” he said.
The long fibers in the pine
allow it to stretch.
“They used to make them
with cypress because it’s even
more flexible but cypress is
very expensive,” Cribb said.
The market for joggling
boards has mostly been from
visitors. “They’d come on vacation and say I’d like to have
one on my porch. I’d be the only
one in New York who’s got one,”
said Cribb.
He recalled a Christmas
rush a few years ago when he
shipped 19 boards around the
country, including one that
wound up in Colorado.
“The first one I sold was
$399 and if you ordered one
from me today it’s still $399.
You can buy them in Charleston and they’re $599,” Cribb
said. He also created the Pawleys Plank, a joggling board
that’s 12 feet long for children.
At that length the board bends
less, making it suitable for other uses such as a plant stand.
Charleston green is the traditional color for joggling boards.
Cribb makes the rockers from
treated lumber, but the painted
pine boards will eventually rot
if left uncovered. The porch is
the natural habitat for the joggling board.
“You see a lot of them I’ve
built over the years and people
don’t sit on them,” said Cribb.
“But I’ve got one I sent to a
couple in Charleston 15 years
ago. And I ran into them at the
tennis center on Daniel Island
about five years ago.” They told
him they were about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary
“We use that joggling board
every day,” they told Cribb.
“We sit on it and have coffee in
the morning.”
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