South Carolina Coast - Beaufort, Kiawah Island, & Charleston

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    Morris Island Lighthouse

    The Morris Island Lighthouse is off the eastern end of Folly Beach island and is now submerged - the structure can be viewed from the nearby beach after walking a paved path and then a short sand dune - below history of the lighthouse and a combination of pictures - the latter are mostly my own; note the historic photos when the lighthouse was on land and had adjacent buildings. Dave :)

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    It’s amazing how far the shoreline has retreated.
     
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    Yep - amazing that when constructed in 1876 (more in next post), the lighthouse was about 1200 ft from the water, now several hundred feet off the current shore line due to erosion from construction of the jetties - the erosion resulted in more serious historic loss as noted next. Dave :)
     
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    Morris Island Lighthouse History - Civil War and Fort Wagner - Glory

    The original Morris Island Lighthouse dates from the colonial era (see quote below) - the 1767 structure was destroyed during the US Civil War and a temporary beacon established on the ruins (see pic & first quote) - in 1876, the 'new' lighthouse was constructed on the same location w/ subsequent support buildings - due to the jetties, beach erosion of Morris Island began which unfortunately destroyed a number of historic sites, including Ft. Wagner which was where several Civil War battles occurred in mid-1863 - the 2nd battle was more famous because of the involvement of the 54th Massachusetts Afro-American soldiers led by a 25 y/o Colonel, Robert Gould Shaw, who lost his life - he is immortalized in a wonderful sculpture in Boston that I've seen a number of times; also, the story is depicted in the 1989 film Glory w/ Matthew Broderick as Shaw - highly recommended. Dave :)

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    Stono Bridge & Stono Rebellion

    While driving to Folly Beach yesterday, the River Road runs into the Maybank Highway (SC700) which crosses over the Stono River that separates Johns and James Islands; of course, this brought yet another historic event in the area to mind (there are so many!) - first, the Stono Bridge (a.k.a. the Paul Gelegotis Bridge - see map & pic of the structure) - also first quote about the current bridge and its namesake.

    The Stono Rebellion (last two quotes) occurred in late 1739 near the Stono River (nearest current town is Rantowles - see map), and was just one of many North American slave revolts that happened over several centuries; just a few others were the 1822 Denmark Vesey revolt in South Carolina and the 1831 Nat Turner Rebellion in Virginia - have loved living in this mid-Atlantic original colonial area - Dave :)

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