Favorite thing: The Gardens is the conception of its owners, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. They bought Brookgreen Plantation in 1929, along with three adjoining rice plantation properties. The total area is 10,000 acres of forest, swamp, rice fields and beachfront. It is one extremely nice set of property. Originally, they planned to build a winter home on the property. Anna Huntington was an exceptional sculptor and visionary though, and soon developed a grander idea for the place.
Favorite thing: In 1931, they built it into a non-profit institution to be a showcase for American sculpture and wildlife refuge for native plants and animals. Three hundred acres were set aside for sculpture exhibition and grounds development, opened to the public in 1932. It is the first (and best) sculpture garden in the United States and is designated a National Historic Landmark.
I grew up staying on Pawleys Island every summer, and we always made the 20 minute drive up to Murrells Inlet to see Brookgreen Gardens on a sunny day. Over 300 acres of greenery, statues, trails and other artwork donated and assembled by the Huntingtons, I believe in the 1930's. This is an incredibly peaceful place to walk around, looking at all the wonderful statues dotted around the grounds, as well as in little outdoor galleries.
1931 Brookgreen Gardens Drive
Fondest memory: Staying at Seaview Inn and crabbing across the road in the marsh---the cooks (my favorite was Alethia) would cook them up for dinner that night!
Favorite thing: Our beach cottage was on the point of the island and had great views of the ocean from the rocky tip of the point.