~entrance to the Antipedo Baptist Cemetery and Civil War Monument~
The Antipedo Baptist Cemetery is located at the intersection of Church Street (Highway 17) and Screven Street in Georgetown, South Carolina. A white-washed sheet metal Civil War Monument is the centerpiece of the cemetery - the monument was originally located on Broad Street, near Prince George Winyah Church (you can see the monument in it's original location here) but was later relocated to the cemetery. The Civil War Monument was The Confederate Monument was created to memorialize Company A of the 10th S.C. Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The cemetery is open to the public, and it's a nice stop if you're driving through Georgetown and want to get some air, stretch your legs a bit - and breath in a bit of history.
~Antipedo Baptist Church / Old Baptist Cemetery Historical Marker~
~View from the Pole Yard Public Boat Landing (Georgetown County, SC)~
Highway 17 crosses the North and South Santee Rivers in Georgetown County, South Carolina (this stretch of Highway 17 is called South Fraser Street) - and at the base of the north side of the bridge crossing the North Santee River is the Pole Yard Public Boat Landing. There are two lanes to launch your boat, and a dock alongside one of the lanes - there isn't a fishing pier. Use of the boat landing is free to the public (and there are plenty of parking spaces).
The Santee River begins about 25 miles southeast of Columbia, South Carolina by the confluence of the Wateree and Congaree rivers. It flows southeast and enters Lake Marion, which stretches for approximately 30 miles towards the Santee Dam. Downstream it forms the northeast boundary of the Francis Marion National Forest. Approximately 10 miles from its mouth, it splits into two river channels, the North Santee and South Santee, that flow parallel and separated by the largest delta region on the Atlantic Coast, the Santee Delta. The two channels reach the ocean at Santee Point, about 15 miles south of Georgetown, South Carolina.
The Santee River was named by English settlers after the Santee tribe, which inhabited areas on the middle part of the river, near Lake Marion and the town of Santee, South Carolina. The Santee Indian Organization, descendants of the Santee tribe, were officially recognized by the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs in 2006.
I've become quite fond of Georgetown, South Carolina - perhaps it's because it's a bit of a hidden treasure, a surprise - the stretch of Highway 17 that runs through this coastal town isn't the most scenic - you see a paper mill in the distance, and right along Highway 17 is a steel mill that has seen bigger and better days. But if you can, turn off on Front Street - and I'm pretty sure that you will be happy that you did.
Last week I was driving down Highway 17 near Georgetown, and turned onto Front Street at early evening. The light was beautiful, the sky a wonderful shade of blue - and the town was extra festive, with the Twenty-Third Annual Wooden Boat Show right around the corner. It's a charming small town - with the new South Carolina Maritime Museum, the Rice Museum, fun restaurants (check out the Old Fish Restaurant - and try their crab dip on saltines, with a splash of jalapeno hot sauce), the nearby Hobcaw Point Observation and Fishing pier, and the breathtakingly beautiful Hobcaw Barony (where you will find Friendfield Village). This is by no means a complete list of what you will find in Georgetown - there is much more, all within a short detour off Highway 17. So the next time you find yourself nearby, slow down, look for Front Street - and wander around for awhile.
~looking inside the Atalaya Festival from one of the outer doorways~
Last weekend I attended the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival - it was the first time that I had attended the festival, and it was the first time that I had been inside of Atalaya. On a previous visit to Huntington Beach State Park I walked around outside of Atalaya, but was in a bit of a rush, so didn't tour inside. What a fascinating place! The home is built in a large square with a large courtyard in the center - so there are narrow hallways leading to many small rooms, most of which with an exterior window - and artists were displaying their work in these interior rooms, as well as in the inner courtyard. It was a wonderful setting for a arts and crafts festival.
Atalaya was the home of Anna and Archer Huntington - a fascinating couple with diverse, intense interests who left quite a legacy in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina and beyond.
"We must build a tower here. I want to make a place for bats to roost and breed. In San Marcos Texas where I grew up they built towers to attract bats and exterminate the malarial mosquitoes."
-Anna Hyatt Huntington, quoting Archer Huntington in her diary on 2 January 1931
According to the sign on the Watchtower, Archer Huntington was inspired by a Moroccan tower that was used to spot pirates - at Atalaya, the tower served as a water tower and helped to provide water pressure for the home. Hopefully it was home to a few bats as well. Atalaya means "watertower" in Spanish.
Today I visited the South Carolina Maritime Museum for the first time - it's in a newly renovated building on the waterfront in Georgetown - along Front Street, a lovely stretch of businesses in the Historic Downtown District. I'm a huge fan of Front Street - and after lunch at the River Room and after picking up chocolate chip cookies at Kudzu Bakery - I took a quick tour of the museum. It's just getting up and running, but the spirit of the place was wonderful. So if you find yourself driving down Highway 17 in Georgetown, do take a short detour onto Front Street and stop by the SCMM and show your support - this area is rich in maritime history, and it's an absolutely wonderful spot for a museum.
The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown has committed to create
the South Carolina Maritime Museum on the waterfront in downtown
historic Georgetown. HHA is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) group which began in
1996 with a mission to preserve and promote the maritime history of
Georgetown County and South Carolina.
...In July of 2011, HHA acquired a loan to purchase the first floor (5,000
square feet) of a waterfront building in historic downtown Georgetown.
Renovation of the building – which had been empty for many years – was
completed in time for the first floor to be used for the 2011 Wooden
Boat Show’s sponsor area and Friday night auction.