A View From The Past Events of past years as chronicled through the county newspapers

  • Friday, September 5, 2014

100 Years Ago

The season at Pawleys Island is practically over. Summer visitors are seeking their homes in town and city.

Among the families to come to Georgetown yesterday were those of Mr. Fred Young, Mr. F.L. Siau, Mr. James W. Wingate and Mr. I. McG. Carraway.

Each trip of the boat, now, there will be others coming. The season on the island has been one of the best for years. Capt. Nance made a tremendous big haul of mullet on the beach Monday.

75 Years Ago

Belle Isle plantation, containing the beautiful and famed Belle Isle Gardens on Winyah Bay, has been sold to C.C. Pridgen, Myrtle Beach banker.

The purchase price was $20,000. The tract contains 226.03 acres. According to tradition, the parents of Francis Marion first established a home there on Winyah Bay, calling it after their home in France, which they had just left, “Belle Isle.”

During the War Between the States, the gardens were used as a strategic point for the building of a fort to protect the Georgetown harbor.

The heavy guns remain in the fosse where Admiral Dahlgreen’s men upset them sixty-six years ago.

The views across the bay from the walls of Battery White, at Belle Isle, show Fraser’s Point, terminus of the King’s Highway on Waccamaw Neck, where Washington crossed in 1791.

50 Years Ago

An attempt to preserve lowcountry folklore in the Gullah dialect has been completed by two long-time Georgetown residents in similar projects. John G. Leland, whose stories have been recorded under the title of “John Leland – Gullah Readings and Stories From Plantations Around Georgetown and Coastal Carolina,” is a native of McClellanville.

Mr. Leland is known among a large number of white and colored friends as Cap’n John, a title applied in his youth as he learned about small boats in McClellanville. Mr. Holliday, who is equally concerned with the preservation of vanishing lowcountry folklore, is now writing a book in the Gullah dialect, dealing with “The Origin of the Plat-Eye,” the evil ghost of old times with which folks hushed crying children and kept grown-ups on the straight and narrow paths. “When many of my good old friends go,” Mr. Holliday said, “the old folklore will vanish.”

25 Years Ago

Four years after Pawleys Island’s 100 permanent residents voted to incorporate, elected officials and town residents say they are generally satisfied with the way the town is headed.

The issues that spurred incorporation in 1985 are the same things that many residents are concerned with today – keeping Pawleys Island a quaint, low-key community with adequate police protection and plenty of beach for everyone to enjoy.

There have been some issues that have riled some. There is a lawsuit by the owner of Cassena Inn. The ban on water balloons during the annual 4th of July parade caused some hard feelings, and a misunderstanding between residents and Georgetown County Water and Sewer over hookup fees spurred debate.

Finding money for beach renourishment is another issue that must be addressed soon.

10 Years Ago

Educator, author and performer Ronald Daise has joined the staff at Brookgreen Gardens as vice president for Creative Education.

Daise is best known as the star of Nick Jr.’s “Gullah Gullah Island,” a television show that brought the Gullah culture to national and international audiences.

Daise and his wife, Natalie, toured the U.S. from 1987 through 1996 performing “Sea Island Montage,” a multi-media musical theater brought to life from Daise’s first book, “Reminisces of Sea Island Heritage: Legacy of Freedmen on St. Helena Island,” now in its fourth printing.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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