Francis Marion Park
Along the waterfront in Georgetown are several nice little parks, among which is the park honoring Francis Marion nicknamed the Swamp Fox by the British. He is known as the father of guerilla warfare.
From the web:
"Marion was probably born in St. John's Parish, Berkeley County, near Georgetown, South Carolina, about 1732. As a descendant of French Huguenots who settled on the Santee River, he received a country school education. Marion established himself as a planter in St. John's Parish after coming into a small inheritance.
"Marion served in two campaigns against the Indians. In 1761 he distinguished himself as a lieutenant of militia by defeating some ambushed Cherokees. Marion returned to St. John's and entered politics, championing the American colonies in their quarrel with England. In 1775, Marion was elected to the South Carolina Provincial Congress as a representative. This Congress authorized the formation of two regiments, Marion was captain of the Second Regiment. In 1780 as a lieutenant colonel in the Continental service, Marion led an attack on Savannah. In May of 1780 Gen. Benjamin Lincoln surrendered Charleston to the British." "In August 1780, Marion commanded guerrilla warfare against the Loyalists along the Peedee and Santee rivers. Marion chased away three Loyalist groups. Turning upon the British, Marion cut their supply lines, outran Sir Banister Tarleton's dragoons, raided Georgetown, retired to Snow's Island, and then again raided Georgetown.
"After the Continentals returned to South Carolina, Marion served as brigadier general of the militia under Gen. Nathaniel Greene. Aided by Continental troops, Marion finally seized Georgetown. At the battle of Eutaw Springs on September 8, 1781, he commanded the militias of North and South Carolina and drove the British back to Charleston.
"Marion... rose from private to brigadier general because of his intuitive grasp of strategy and tactics. Daring and elusive, he usually struck at night and then vanished into the swamps and morasses of the South.
".. After marrying Mary Esther Videau in 1786, he lived at Pond Bluff, which he owned. He later died there on February 26, 1795."
MM 403.0 Georgetown Anchorage
The Georgetown harbor has room for a lot of boats and many of them anchor there. There are apparently some private moorings in the harbor now. If the mill is operating and the wind is wrong you may get a dirty residue on the boat.
The town pretty much pulls in the sidewalks on Saturday and Sunday. Use care in setting the anchor as the bottom is soft mud.
Town has a dinghy dock at a small dock west of the town clock (which is on the Rice Museum). There are hardwares stores and restaurants near the dock. Post office is 3 miles away.
We have not used this anchorage, so the marker on the chart is for the Boat Shed Marina.
This afternoon's lottery contestant.....
This afternoon's lottery contestant.....is Sandy Sea turtle, from Georgetown, South Carolina. Sandy, a scrappy little hard shell, is clambering over "huge" sand pockets to begin her little race. This scrapper has a big heart and knows exactly where she's going folks. Let's give her a big hand!!
Well done, sister. Stay clear of those drum fish, Sandy!
Not a bad way to start the morning.
I think what these people do is absolutely commedable. It could very well be that each little turtle rescued from a sandy grave is destined to a short life and some larger creature's dinner. Even so, the work these people do protecting the nesting sites for these fascinating animals makes their efforts well worth the energy expended. Also, it's as rewarding for the vounteers as it is for the turtles.
There is great satisfaction in the job they perform, and the added benefits are just as wonderful. For instance, you get the pleasure of witnessing nature at her finest, such as this early morning sunrise looking out towards our neighbors far across the waters in Europe.
It was a special pleasure having this opportunity to walk along with the sea turtle rescue volunteers. It was one of the very best times I could possible have wanted, and a superb educational one for Lindsey. She won't forget this day. Neither will I.
Georgetown: Charleston's Little Sister
Here is a pleasant little coastal town. Northeast of Charleston, it makes a nice day trip for anyone staying there. This is the third oldest city in South Carolina (after Charleston and Beaufort), dating from 1729. It has been a bustling port ever since.
The major local crops used to be rice and indigo, but they are no longer profitable. Today, lumber, paper, and tourism have been mainstays of the economy.