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HISTORY: ACE Basin

HISTORY: ACE Basin

S.C. Encyclopedia | The ACE Basin consists of around 350,000 acres in the watershed of the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers in the South Carolina Lowcountry, which drains one-fifth of the state. The ACE Basin encompasses a range of ecosystem types from forested uplands to tidal marsh (salt, brackish, and fresh water). The basin is home for more than 260 permanent and seasonal bird species and seventeen rare or endangered species, including the wood stork and the loggerhead turtle.

by · 04/21/2017 · S.C. Encyclopedia
MYSTERY PHOTO:  Great-looking public building

MYSTERY PHOTO: Great-looking public building

We love the small clock tower outside this new public building somewhere in South Carolina. Where is it? Send your best guess to: feedback@statehousereport.com and make sure to include your name and hometown. If possible, write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.

Three people correctly identified last week’s mystery, which was taken from an interesting angle on the Ashley River. It shows the tabby walls of Fort Dorchester at the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site near Summerville. Congratulations to Charles E. Davis of Montmorenci, S.C.; Phillip Tanner of Florence, S.C.; and George Graf of Palmyra, Va.

HISTORY:  Emancipation

HISTORY: Emancipation

Excerpted from the S.C. Encyclopedia | The experience of slavery’s demise varied around the state and followed the progress of the Civil War. Freedom came early and suddenly to Port Royal when on November 7, 1861, Union forces bombarded and occupied the area. Black Carolinians in the vicinity referred to this occasion as the “Day of the Big Gun Shoot,” and during the next several weeks Federal troops seized Beaufort, the rest of Hilton Head, St. Helena, Ladys, and other nearby islands. Most planters fled the Federal troops and attempted to persuade or coerce their slaves to accompany them northward toward Charleston or into the interior, away from the path of the invasion. While many relocated with their owners, a substantial number resisted evacuation; some were killed for their refusal.

MYSTERY PHOTO:  Oaks might be a big clue

MYSTERY PHOTO: Oaks might be a big clue

Lots of river oaks in this photo might be a clue to this week’s mystery. Where is it and is this place important? Send your best guess to: feedback@statehousereport.com and make sure to include your name and hometown. If possible, write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.

Hunting Island lighthouse, at left

HISTORY: Lighthouses

S.C. Encyclopedia | South Carolina’s 180-mile coastline is replete with bays, inlets, and harbors. To assist shipping and aid navigation, lighthouses and beacons have dotted the South Carolina coast for centuries. The earliest warning lights were probably bonfires lit to aid ships entering the harbor at Charleston. South Carolina’s first lighthouse, built in 1767, stood on Middle Bay Island (now a part of Morris Island) in the Charleston harbor.

by · 04/07/2017 · S.C. Encyclopedia
MYSTERY PHOTO:  Who is this woman?

MYSTERY PHOTO: Who is this woman?

Who is this woman? Is she important? And what’s her connection to South Carolina? We’ll share her story and the story of the photo, used with permission of an out-of-state firm (more details next week). Send your best guess to: feedback@statehousereport.com and make sure to include your name and hometown. If possible, write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.

See one of Pug’s 1974 ads

See one of Pug’s 1974 ads

Pug Ravenel’s 1974 campaign is remembered as remarkable to many because of his new ways of using television to connect with voters.

by · 03/31/2017 · Features
MYSTERY PHOTO:  Lit up at night

MYSTERY PHOTO: Lit up at night

This photo of what looks like a pretty official building is somewhere in South Carolina, but where? Send your best guess to: feedback@statehousereport.com and make sure to include your name and hometown. If possible, write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.