Hidden History of Hilton Head

Hidden History of Hilton Head

by Alice E. Sink


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Hidden History of Hilton Head offers a lively array of historical tidbits and tales, focusing on people, lifeways, believe-it-or-not snippets and beloved local places.

Discover the ties that Harriet Tubman and Clara Barton had to the region and learn about the lives of oyster shuckers, root doctors, debauched "Jack-ashores" and many other characters in the island's rich history. From beautiful poems written by renowned locals to the songs that guided the slaves to freedom and time-tested regional recipes, author Alice Sink's collection truly encompasses the spirit of the Lowcountry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596298484
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/30/2010
Series: Hidden History
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 802,170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alice E. Sink is the published author of books and numerous short stories, articles and essays in anthologies and in trade and literary magazines. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. For twenty-nine years, she has taught writing courses at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, where she received the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching/Service Award in 2002. The North Carolina Arts Council and the partnering arts councils of the Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Program awarded Sink a 2007 grant to promote her writing.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements and Contributors 11

Part I People

Clara Barton 13

Harriet Tubman 16

Martinangel of Daufuskie 19

Thomas Wentworth Higginson 20

Fred C. Hack 23

Charles E. Fraser 25

Benjamin Hayes Vandervoort 25

President Bill Clinton 27

Notable Residents 28

John Greenleaf Whittier 30

William H. Reynolds and Edward Pierce After the Capture of Port Royal 33

Men of the Third New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment 35

Gregg Russell 36

Part II Life Ways and Events

Seabrook Plantation 39

Life as Antebellum Plantation Mistresses 43

Freehold or Chattel 46

Singing Songs of Protest and Worship 50

Gullah Culture 56

Different Poses for Different Genders 58

Trenches, Outdoor Hearths and Burned Corncobs 60

Holy Matrimony 63

Christmas Week 64

Port Royal Experiment 69

Sharecroppers 72

Mitchelville's Establishment of Governmental Rules and Regulations 74

Oyster Shucking in Bluffton 76

Jacks-Ashore 79

The Game of Brag 84

Part III Believe It or Not

Early Timeline of Hilton Head 87

Mystery of the Shell Rings 91

Caricatures 93

Changing Perceptions of Women 97

Picnic Reunions in the Lay-By Season 103

Terrible Storm 105

Carolina Gold 107

Sea Island Cotton 110

Alligator Behavior 112

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Forty Thousand Strong? 113

Plantation Mistresses' Recorded Benevolence Toward Slaves 119

Part IV Places

Seven Oaks 121

Early Places of Worship 123

Maggioni Cannery 125

Hog Bluff 130

Camp Saxton 130

USS Passaic: If Its Walls Could Talk 132

Fort Walker 134

Hilton Head Headquarters of General David Hunter 137

Red and White Grocery 141

The Volunteers in Medicine Clinic 144

Bibliography 147

About the Author 157

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