Southeastern Wildlife Expo sets record in South Carolina

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The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition says it had record sales for a second consecutive year in South Carolina.

The annual three-day event wrapped up Sunday in Charleston.

Organizers estimate about 45,000 people attended. That’s ahead of last year’s estimate of 43,000. Last year’s attendance broke the record of 42,000 set in 1993.

Expo Chief Executive Jimmy Huggins said Monday he hopes the event heralds a good tourism season for Charleston this year.

Organizers said there had been a 15 percent increase in advance ticket sales and a 40 percent increase in weekend art sales.

Great Charleston Escape: Edisto Beach – Botany Bay Plantation

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Just 45 minutes outside of Charleston lies a natural preserve that is saturated with beautiful birds up above, millions of shells in all shapes and sizes, trees and huts mounted into the soft white sand, a fresh ocean breeze and the sound of soft waves crashing.? After a half mile walk on the pier, you will find this re-energizing site.

Before we take you on a Charleston Daily photographic visit to Botany Bay Plantation and Edisto Beach, we wanted to share a few facts with you.

  • From entrance to exist, you will drive seven mils through the park which consists of 4687 acres and two plantations.
  • On the land is a house, pasture and barn built in the 1930’s.? Its last resident was Margaret “Peggy” Meyer Pepper.? We just love to say the name.
  • In the 1850’s Admiral Perry brought a Chinese gardener by the name of Oqui who laid out a fine oriental garden consisting of olive, citrus and spice trees as well as poppies, sugar can and many flowers and vegetables.
  • Among the wildlife on the preserve are wild turkeys, deer, doves, fox squirrels and songbirds.
  • Indian Point was a community of Cusabo Indians (Edisto) that inhabited the area in 2500? B.C.
  • On the upper end of Jason’s Lake, there is a brick beehive well that was built in 1825 and once stood 12 feet high
  • There is a 470 dollar fine if you remove any shells or life from the beach preserve

Enjoy this visual journey with us…

Entrance to the park - Spooky
Entrance to the park – Spooky

 

Known as the Icehouse
Known as the Icehouse

 

Old tool shed
Old tool shed

 

Dedication stone near the still algae filled lake
Dedication stone near the still algae filled lake

 

Still as the night air
Still as the night air

 

Shells resting on an old tree stomp
Shells resting on an old tree stomp

 

Conch at rest
Conch at rest

 

 

Row of conch
Row of conch

 

Tree rests in the sand
Tree rests in the sand

 

Shells forever
Shells forever

 

Man made hut on the beach
Man made hut on the beach

 

Birds gliding in the wind
Birds gliding in the wind

 

Gorgeous conch shell
Gorgeous conch shell

 

We hope you enjoyed this journey and we urge you to make a day trip soon.

Botany Bay Plantation Information