Monday, March 30, 2009

Here at Folly Beach, SC

Decided to get one day at the beach in before heading home to the 40 degree weather.

Sitting here on the balcony of the Holiday Inn on the fifth floor, typing and watching the waves come ashore about 150 yards away. Listening to 1340 AM, the "Boardwalk" as they play Beach Music. Right now, it's the Drifters' "Count His Tears."


It's a small barrier island south of Charleston, with the name folly coming from old English meaning an area of thick foliate.

During the Civil War, the island was temporary home to 20,000 Union troops trying to capture Charleston.

Property at Folly Beach stayed cheap for a long time because it had been "tainted" by the Yankees. As a matter of fact, in 1942, Edward Seabrook, Sr. bought the whole island (all 1000 acres) for just $5,000.

In the late 1600s, while Charleston was being established, Folly Island and the surrounding islands were occupied by 19 different Indian tribes.


## George Gershwin wrote the music for Porgy and Bess at his home on West Arctic Avenue in 193.

## The first telephone on the island was in 1946 and street lights were installed in 1948.

## At midnight on September 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo hit Folly Beach. Mandatory evacuation had been ordered the day before, fortunately, as 130-150 mph winds hammered the coast.

It Would be Folly to Remain for a Hurricane. --RoadDog


Anne said...

Did you get a chance to see Morris Island Lighthouse while at Folly Beach? It's one of my favorite lights.

RoadDog said...

No, wec ouldn'tfind it from the beach. Must have been further north of us, but will look next time.

Our favorite lighthouse would have to be Marblehead in Ohio.