South Carolina's Low Country
South Carolina's Low Country contains the area from
south to the Savannah River and is made up of 60 barrier
islands. The Low Country is home to centuries old live oaks,
historic plantations, forgotten rice fields and Gullah communities.
It is a region of waterways (the Ashepoo, the Combahee and
the Edisto), maritime forest, history and industry. Its
laid back atmosphere combined with outdoor fun, touring,
shopping, fine dining and historic inns with modern
amenities make the towns of the Low Country a favorite for
visitors. To hear great Low Country, South Carolina sounds check out Wahoo Creek. This Myrtle Beach live music band plays all your favorites with a Low Country sound that's unique, entertaining, and soul filling.
Just south of Charleston
is historic Beaufort, where you can walk its tree lined
streets and see its many antebellum mansions. One of these
mansions, the 1856 Tidalholm, which has been used in movies
like The Big Chill
and The Great Santini
Beaufort's historic district is composed of an 8 block
by 14 block grid and has a "Main Street USA" feel. Also
of interest is the 7 acre Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
located on the banks of the Beaufort River. The Waterfront
contains a sea wall promenade, a public marina, and a number
of benches facing the water.
Do you enjoy walking tours? What about horse and buggy
tours? In Beaufort, you can take a walking tour in the historic
district lead by a knowledgeable costumed guide from the
Spirit of Old Beaufort. Or, for a carriage tour, check out
Tours or the Southern Rose Buggy Tours. As you travel
around Beaufort you will see the 1717 Thomas Hepwort House,
the Thomas Fuller House (a.k.a . the "Tabby Manse"), the
1813 Milton Maxcy House or the Joseph Johnson House.
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To the east of Beaufort, is the Sea Island Parkway which
crosses the Beaufort River to Lady's Island and St. Helena
Island where you will find Penn Center - the 50 acre National
Historic Site. The Penn Center's mission is to preserve
the language, history, and culture of the Gullah people.
Other islands making up the Sea Island Parkway are residential
Harbor Island, Hunting Island and Fripp Island.
More about Beaufort, SC
South of Beaufort is Port Royal where you will find exclusive
boutiques, restaurants, and a public beach with a wooden
boardwalk along the Beaufort River. Continuing south, you
will come to what is one of the Low Country's most renowned
islands-the 12 mile long, 5 mile wide Hilton Head Island.
The island draws approximately 2.5 million visitors per
year. It is host to tennis and golf tournaments, shopping
complexes and incredible beaches.
Hilton Head's Sea Pines Forest Preserve offers maritime forest and marshland
trails which can be enjoyed on foot, by bike or by horseback.
Other Hilton Head activities include deep sea fishing, getting
close to the water on a small sailboat from one of the area's
marinas or climb aboard the Schooner Welcome (schooner.net)
where you can take it easy and enjoy the hors d'oeuvres
or you can pitch in an help raise the sails or steer the
62 foot wooden ship. If you are interested in looking a
dolphin in the eye, the Commander Zodiac (843-671-3344)
is just what you are looking for.
Of special interest for families visiting the Low Country is the Coastal Discovery
where you can get a hand's on learning experience as you
discover the history, wildlife and cultural heritage of
the Low Country. The Museum offers educational tours and
cruises as well as indoor and outdoor exhibits.
While visiting the Low Country, you will find several opportunities
to view the arts. Whether it is classical music or a Pops
concert by Beaufort Orchestra or ballet and dance by Beaufort's
Byrne Miller Dance Theatre, you are going to have an entertaining
evening. In the Hilton Head area, you can see theatrical
performance, hear visiting musicians and vocalist, and see
dance troupes at the Art Center Coastal Carolina.
Another place worth visiting in the Low Country of South Carolina is
Kiawah Island. This natural area is a must see for anyone that loves natural history and the outdoors.
Low Country Photo by Athens wedding photographer
Beaufort House and cannon by Savannah Grandfather
Sunset at Hilton Head photo by Lee Coursey