Monday, October 27, 2014

Buck Hall COE, McClellanville SC

We have spent the last 2 weeks at Buck Hall Recreation Area in SC. It’s shrimp season here right now and we were about the only ones in the campground without a big boat and 3 vehicles :) All our neighbors spent their days on the water shrimping and fishing. This is a hopping place this time of year!

We have spent our time mostly chilling and regrouping. We happened upon Hampton Plantation State Historic Site early on. It was pretty cool. Hampton Plantation, built between 1730 and 1750, is the ancestral home of prominent South Carolina families, the Horrys, Pinckneys and Rutledges. These families worked their many slaves in the rice and indigo fields during the 17th and 18th century amassing great wealth for themselves.

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We spent a couple hours wandering the grounds and reading the history. Known as Carolina Gold, the rice farmed in the SC Lowcountry was responsible for social, economic and environmental change. Carolina Gold became an important export and made a huge impact on South Carolina. The planters reaped extreme wealth from it for more than 150 years. They displayed their wealth through grand homes such as Hampton Plantation.

Another day, we drove about 30 miles north to visit Georgetown, SC, the states 3rd oldest city. Georgetown was founded in 1729 and has a nice, little historic district and harbor walk.

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We stopped and picked up a couple pounds of fresh shrimp from the Independent Seafood Market on the harbor. After watching all our neighbors bringing home their catch, scoring fresh shrimp right off the boat was pretty satisfying :) And, it was pretty good too :)

The last few days, Bill and Nancy joined us here at Buck Hall. We had a great time. Bill and Rick practiced casting a shrimp/bait net on the lawn :) They did pretty good on the grass. Not sure how it’ll translate :)

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We took a trip to The Center for Birds of Prey.

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None of my photos turned out so I borrowed one from their website.

Their Mission Statement: “To identify and address vital environmental issues by providing medical care to injured birds of prey and shorebirds, and through educational, research and conservation initiatives.”

Click on the link above if you’d like to know more about this wonderful place.

The weather here has been pretty wonderful with sunny days in the 70’s. We got in a walk on the Charleston Bridge Saturday morning. It’s 2.5 miles across, 5 miles round trip. Great walk, although there were way too many people! We probably should have chosen a week day instead.

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Today, we leave Buck Hall and travel to the Savannah area. We’re looking forward to more exploring. Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

10 comments:

  1. You found some interesting places to explore! We're so busy when we workamp, that we forget to find some cool places :) You'll love Savannah!

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  2. Great pictures of the 4 of you. Well no actually, just the 3 of them unfortunately. But those three look well and happy. Were you able to get any shrimp out of that net casting?? Safe travels to Savannah. Will be interested to see where you stay near there.

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  3. Enjoy Savannah, great city. Can't wait till we start finding some Gulf shrimp, haven't enjoyed a good home cooked shrimp meal in months. Looks like some good times with good friends.

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  4. Great few days together!! We had an easy travel day today and hope your day went as well:o)) Enjoy Savannah and hope to catch up with you this winter in Florida!!

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  5. You were in my neck of the woods. Hub and I used to volunteer at the Center for Birds of Prey, and I work not a mile from the base of that bridge on the Mount Pleasant side. Hub and I plan to become full-timers within the next 6 months or so. Getting the house ready to sell.

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  6. Do you think they'd catch more shrimp if they cast their nets into the water? :cD

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  7. Enjoy Savannah - let us know when you get to FLA.

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  8. Buying fresh shrimp right off the boat seems pretty good to me - a lot less work too.

    Thanks for the pics and history of the Hampton Plantation. Sure glad those days are long gone!

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