Vintage Travels: Edisto, South Carolina

In a previous post, I mention I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina. I went to school in the south so I was familiar with the area. There is this amazing place on Edisto Island.

There is an old plantation, Botanical Bay Plantation that isn’t standing any longer but the grounds are preserved. The only standing structures are a barn (pictured below) and a work shed. There are a couple trails that lead off of that, one of which is the Bache Monument which has a really cool story:

“The US coastline between Maine and the Gulf of Mexico was accurately measured for the first time in the 1840s. The director of the survey was Alexander Bache, great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Alexander Bache invented a tool known as the “Bar of Invariable Length” that allowed this survey to take place. The baseline at Edisto was the third of seven lines measured. The baseline markers still exist on Edisto, the oldest intact baseline. Two endpoint markers are still in existence on Edisto Island.” Source.

However, the beach line is the main attraction. With a short 20 minute walk, you make it to the coastline to see a beach like nothing before. Hurricane Matthew unfortunately caused the beach to loose about 60 yards. The beach is preserved so that no one can take any shells or wood but the scene is almost like something out of Alice and Wonderland.

Check you the pictures and plan your next adventure!


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Related: Vintage Travles: Fort Sumter

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