In the hundred years separating the Civil War and the 1950s, the Lowcountry was a world unto itself. The big plantations were gone, and for those remaining life had to be wrenched from the soil and the creeks. But for some, these isolated barrier islands offered heaven on earth: virgin maritime forest, pristine saltwater, sand roads and plentiful wild game.
This fascinating collection of stories speaks to us of life in a simpler time, of raising hogs, guineas and children on abandoned plantations; growing sweet potatoes, okra and sugar cane; trapping mink and picking oysters; pulling 12-pound flounder and 79-pound drum from the creeks; making feasts of Loggerhead turtle eggs, crab and conch meat; picking musk; and taking the steamer to Savannah to see the “big city” lights.
Our narrators were born between 1881 and 1941, and, though their stories overlap and intertwine, each has a unique perspective on life in the Lowcountry. Author Fran Heyward Marscher, a Hilton Head journalist, grew up hearing these precious memories and sought out the storytellers when she realized that the way of life they described was in danger of dying out with each generation.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Hilton Head resident Fran Marscher spent ten years as a reporter and editor at the Island Packet, Hilton Head’s daily newspaper. Now a freelance journalist, Marscher writes for regional magazines and the Christian Science Monitor. With her husband, Bill, she is co-author of two books about South Carolina Sea Islands.