This week I went on a kind of treasure hunt - on both sides of the Septima Clark Parkway (Highway 17) in Charleston, South Carolina. I was in search of gates, grates and other works of iconic Charleston Master Blacksmith, Philip Simmons.. more.
Sometimes I come across a place that is a bit of a detour off of Highway 17, but so worth it. One such detour is Penn Center (formerly called Penn School) which is located in the Penn School Historic District, near Frogmore, South Carolina more.
Just a few months ago I visited Maize Brown's new Sweetgrass Basket stand along Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. more.
With all of the road construction on Highway 17 in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina - there have also been apprehensive (at least to me) changes to a much-loved part of this section of Highway 17, referred to as the "Sweetgrass Basket Corridor." more.
Brought to America from rice-producing Sierra Leone and other surrounding countries, the enslaved Africans came from a wide variety of ethnic groups. For many of them, the first contact with the New World was Sullivan's Island -- just off Charleston, more.