S.C. naturalist will speak at CCU on the history of the King’s Highway

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dennis Chastain has been exploring the King's Highway for the past three years.

Dennis Chastain, an award-winning outdoor writer and naturalist, will give a talk on the “History of the King’s Highway from Little River to Charleston,” on April 10 at 5 p.m. in the James J. Johnson Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University.

The event, is free and open to the public.

For the past three years, Chastain and his wife, Jane, have been exploring and documenting the route of the old colonial road, known as the King’s Highway or the Georgetown Road. Originally, the primitive path traversed 123 miles from Little River to Charles Town.

“Finding those sections of the King’s Highway that still exist was pretty exciting,” Chastain said, “but it’s really the stories that we encountered along the way that intrigue me.”

Chastain has been a tour guide and interpretive naturalist for more than a decade, leading nature walks and driving tours of the Jocassee Gorges area in northern Pickens County.

He has discovered many species of mountain wildflowers and co-discovered several hundred prehistoric petropglyphs in the mountains near Table Rock State Park. These were some of the first petroglyphs discovered in South Carolina.

For more information, contact Ben Burroughs, director of the Horry County Archives Center, at 843-349-4056.

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