ACROSS RT 17 FROM MURRELL'S INLET
A hidden jewel. The Waccamaw River has a dock and a marina that is associated with a Country Club back there. It is SO far removed from the faster pace of Murrell's Inlet with it's bevy of bars and restaurants. Although I have to squeeze in here, that the Lazy Gator gift shop on Murrell's Inlet is super cool and so big and different from the "junk shops" around the area. Great fudge, great smoothies, and very attractive, tasteful novelties, jewelry and gifts. Anyway, I'm off track. BOONDOCKS is a restaurant/bar right on the edge of the dock at Waccamaw. The place is comfy, yet, no flea-trap! A lovely walled patio with a beautiful large old tree right up through the center of it, and the whole place is surrounded by the marina on the west, and the river on the east. At sunset, it's so peaceful and calm, and the river is like glass. It's a very wide, expansive view, which is visible from every seat in Boondocks. Allie, our waitress is such a sweet, knowledgable, fast and accurate hostess. She originates from Pawley's Island, and her father has been in the restaurant business down there for ages. No connection to Boondocks, but food must be in her family bloodline! We had excellent blackened grouper, salads, garlic mashed potatoes, and the desert was of course, divine! Some huge brick of chocolate, chocolate cake with to die for shavings and chocolate frosting. Dinner and wine and desert and a good fat tip for Allie came to less than $65.00. It was worth every cent. Now I want to take a river tour next time we're in town. We found this place on the last night of our stay.....darn. I want to go back and take the tour! Allie tells me the place is shoulder to shoulder during high season, as folks know a good bar with good local bands, and great food and booze. We were there during Hurricane Ike and the place was practically deserted.
Atalaya was built over a three year period from 1931 to 1933 by Anna H. Huntington and Archer Milton Huntington’s. The building of this home was not a continuous process; rather the work was divided between this and the creation of Brookgreen garden. Mr. Huntington wanted to provide work for the community residents, as it was the Great Depression, so he insisted that only local labor be used. It was used as their winter home. No longer in use, nor furnished, it is protected within the Huntington Beach State Park. Here you will see Anna’s studio, the main living area, the servant’s quarters, a horse stable, dog kennel, and a bear pen as she liked to sculptor from living animals, as well as the lovely courtyard. The photo shows you the back entrance off of the long drive.
The outer walls of the home are built in a square with a length of 200 feet on each side, the front facing the ocean. As you enter through the back entrance you will pass through this lovely covered walkway that leads you through the courtyard to the house.
The courtyard is landscaped with palm trees and is divided into two parts by the outside corridor that leads from the back entrance to the house.
The main tree growing in the courtyard is the Sabal palmetto, or cabbage palmetto as it is commonly called. This is the state tree of South Carolina.
This is a view of the courtyard looking through one of the windows of the home. When the house was in use, most of the walls were covered with creeping fig vines to soften the appearance of the rough brick walls.
The inside of the home contains 30 rooms located around three sides. This is the hallway in the section of the house that was the servant’s quarters.
This is one of the rooms in the servant’s quarters. After Mr. Huntington’s death in 1955 most of the furnishing from the house were sent to their home in New York City.
In this photo you see the master bedroom, which had a separate bath for Mr. Huntington, and another for Mrs. Huntington.
2002, April 6 - Visit to Brookgreen Gardens
"April 6, 2002"
We left Georgetown and went just 21 miles to the Wacca Wachee marina on the Waccamaw River. This was the third time we'd been here, but we'd never before taken the opportunity to visit Brookgreen Gardens.
One of the guys working at the marina took us over and dropped us off using the marina truck. We had a couple of hours here to look at the statuary and really didn't even scratch the surface of what could be seen. The gardens were beyond beautiful.
We walked in through the main gardens, down the alleyway of live oaks, and saw the end of the 15 minute film about the garden history.
We also walked through the special sculpture exhibit, and the building in which the floor was a large map of the area. We could pick out the marina on it. I took lots of pictures particularly of horses (like this 'seahorse')
From the west end of the garden we could look out over the marshes toward the river. This photo shows one of two sculptures - one of Diana, and this is of Actaeon who according to myth, surprised the goddess of the hunt as she bathed in a woodland pool. For this trespass, Diana turned him into a stag and he was killed by his own hounds.
We also took a tram tour out to the edges of the property but didn't have time for some other tours. The tour was very interesting, but hard to take pictures from.
Additional pictures in the other narrative.