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Lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park.

SC ENCYCLOPEDIA:  South Carolina’s lighthouses

S.C. Encyclopedia  |  South Carolina’s 180-mile coastline is replete with bays, inlets, and harbors. To assist shipping and aid navigation, lighthouses and beacons have dotted the South Carolina coast for centuries. The earliest warning lights were probably bonfires lit to aid ships entering the harbor at Charleston. South Carolina’s first lighthouse, built in 1767, stood on Middle Bay Island (now a part of Morris Island) in the Charleston harbor.

by · 11/06/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
Photo by Pete Marovich.

GOOD NEWS:  McLeod to host one-day Gullah Geechee photo exhibit

Staff reports  |  A one-day pop-up photography exhibit on Aug. 20 at McLeod Plantation Historic Site will feature photos from award-winning photographer Pete Marovich from his exhibit entitled Shadows of the Gullah Geechee. 

Marovich’s photographs explore the lives and culture of the Gullah Geechee people in communities from Hog Hammock on Sapelo Island, Ga., to Mosquito Beach on Sol Legare Island in Charleston County.

by · 07/31/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
HISTORY: Spanish moss

HISTORY: Spanish moss

S.C. Encyclopedia | Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is a gray tree-borne epiphyte native to the coastal plain of the southeastern United States. As an epiphyte, Spanish moss gets water and food from the air and does not harm the host tree. It is not a true moss but a relative of the pineapple family in the genus Bromeliaceae.

by · 12/21/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
LETTER: CCC article brought back great memories

LETTER: CCC article brought back great memories

I believe I am one of the fortunate ones to have received the very first issue of Charleston Currents. While I always learn something new, never has an article resonated as much as the one on the Civilian Conservation Corps.

by · 09/21/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Feedback
Etchings from an 1880 magazine.

HISTORY: Ever wonder why it’s called Ashley PHOSPHATE Road?

S.C. Encyclopedia | The South Carolina phosphate mining industry began after the Civil War and dominated world production in the 1880s. Mining began in late 1867 on plantations near Charleston after the gentlemen-scientists Francis S. Holmes and St. Julien Ravenel and the chemists N. A. Pratt and C. U. Shepard discovered that local “stinking stones” contained unusually high amounts of bone phosphate of lime (BPL).

by · 06/15/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
A reenactment at the Ninety Six National Historic Site.

HISTORY: Battles of Ninety Six

Battles of Ninety Six: Situated in the South Carolina backcountry at the crossroads of important trade routes, Ninety Six was a newly established courthouse town on the eve of the Revolutionary War. The question of independence deeply divided the inhabitants of the district.

by · 05/25/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
HISTORY:  Historic Charleston Foundation

HISTORY: Historic Charleston Foundation

Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) sprang from the activities of the Carolina Art Association. In 1941 the association began a survey of historic buildings in Charleston, published in 1944 as This Is Charleston.

by · 05/04/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
Gadsden (portrait by Charles Fraser)

HISTORY: Christopher Gadsden

Patriot and merchant Christopher Gadsden was born in Charleston on February 16, 1724, the son of Elizabeth and Thomas Gadsden, a collector of customs.

by · 04/13/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia


A mule is a hybrid animal that results from breeding a male donkey with a female horse. Although mules have gender (males are called “horse mules” and females “mare mules”), they are sterile and cannot reproduce.

by · 03/30/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
HISTORY:  Palmetto Pigeon Plant

HISTORY: Palmetto Pigeon Plant

While serving as an infantry captain during World War I, the Sumter attorney Wendell M. Levi set up the Pigeon Section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, having had experience raising homing pigeons as a hobby. Harold Moïse, an air force pilot and a graduate civil engineer with building expertise, shared Levi’s interest in pigeons. In 1923, the two men founded the Palmetto Pigeon Plant on 13 acres of farmland in Sumter County and recruited state senator Davis Moïse to be vice president of the firm.

by · 03/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia