An original publication, 1998. xiv, 530 pp., notes, illus., app.,index. Item #60
The story of St. John's Colleton, made up of Kiawah, Seabrook, Edisto, John's, and Wadmalaw islands in present-day Charleston County, is traced from its settlement and incorporation in the colonial period, through the "golden age" of the plantation culture, the devastation of the parish during the Civil War and its aftermath, and the slow recovery of the region leading to the present promise of renewed prosperity. Special attention is given to the contributions of African-Americans to the culture and agriculture of the islands. For the scholar and history buff, this book contains a highly readable, thoroughly documented, and perceptively interpreted account of the historical background of the region. For the present-day suburban islander or the tourist or seasonal resident, the book provides reading material that is interesting, informative, and imbued with a sensitive appreciation of the natural beauty and unique cultural heritage of this region of South Carolina. And, for the genealogist or the reader with personal ties to the parish, there is an appendix with genealogies of island families, descriptions of individual plantations, and an intimate glimpse of island life.