Carolina Stories

Wendy Allen on Hobcaw Research

By B. Newman

Wendy Allen

In 1956 Bernard Baruch signed over all of Hobcaw Barony to his daughter, Belle. Belle died in 1964, leaving Hobcaw "for the purpose of teaching and/or research in forestry, marine biology, and the care and propagation of wild life and flora and fauna in South Carolina." Today the Belle W. Baruch Foundation owns Hobcaw Barony and makes it available to researchers at South Carolina's universities. The University of South Carolina's Belle W.

Food Historian Michael Twitty Discusses Origins of Lowcountry Cuisine

By B. Newman

Michael Twitty

Culinary adaptations transformed traditional African dishes into a unique, new creolized cuisine, influenced by European and Native American traditions, and characteristic of Gullah culture. Foodways of the South Carolina Lowcountry reach back to the region’s earliest African arrivals and have been shaped by the natural and economic resources of the area. Collards, kale and wild dandelion provided substitutes for leafy greens familiar to Africans arriving during the colonial period. Likewise, sweet potatoes, indigenous to the Americas, substituted for the African yam.

Melissa Cooper of Rutgers University Discusses 20th Century Sea Island Trend

By B. Newman

Melissa Cooper

In the early years of the twentieth century, a number of prominent, wealthy Northerners purchased land on the Waccamaw Neck. Bernard Baruch, who bought Hobcaw Barony in 1905 as a winter vacation home and hunting retreat, was the first, followed by the Huntingtons, Vanderbilts and others. The infusion of money brought by these millionaires was a mixed blessing for the local residents, most of whom were African- American. They had experienced a degree of autonomy since emancipation. Now many of them worked to support the lavish lifestyle of the new landowners.

J is for Jockey

J is for Jockey

Racing Jockey Matt McCarron talks about the sport of horse racing. South Carolina plays host to several horse racing competitions each year.

H is for Hunley

H is for Hunley

Former South Carolina Senator and Lieutenant Governor, Glenn McConnell, tells us the story of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.

F is for Frogmore Stew

F is for Frogmore Stew

Frogmore Stew, also known as Beaufort Stew or Lowcountry Boil is a delicious South Carolina meal. Chef Monty White explains the basic ingredients of this Lowcountry recipe.

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