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Palmetto Bluff in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Palmetto Bluff

Evolution of a Village

 
 
Palmetto Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 21, 2009
1. Palmetto Bluff Marker
Inscription. People Have Always Gathered Here...
We know from ancient shell middens found on these bluffs that Native American hunter-gatherers inhabited this site as early as 1564. Like today's residents and visitors, they appreciated the breezes off the May River, and the expansive views helped them keep track of neighboring villages.

In 1913, R.T. Wilson Junior completed work on an enormous mansion he named "Palmetto Lodge". The house and its grounds became a village unto itself, with a machine shop, wood shop, power plant, ice plant and even a school. Dozens of people were employed on the site- engaged not only in running the house and entertaining the numerous guests, but in farming and timbering the 18,000 acres which Wilson owned. For ten years following the Wilson fire, Varn Turpentine and Cattle Company farmed the property, with the turpentine distilleries and shipping facilities on this very bluff.

In 1937, the Palmetto Bluff property was purchased by Union Bag Co., which later became Union Camp. From then until year 2000 it was run as a hunting lodge and retreat, hosting many luminaries, including heads of state.
 
Erected 2005 by Union Camp.
 
Location. 32° 
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By Palmetto Bluff Marker
2. Palmetto Bluff Marker
( Upper right picture)
The Yemmassee Indians inhabited the property as early as 1564.
12.501′ N, 80° 52.861′ W. Marker is in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker can be reached from Palmetto Bluff (rd). Click for map. at end,Palmetto Bluff (rd), Riverside. Marker is in this post office area: Bluffton SC 29910, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Palmetto Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Church of the Cross (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bluffton United Methodist Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bluffton, S.C. (approx. 2.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Michael C. Riley Schools (approx. 2.5 miles away); Pinckney Island (approx. 5.8 miles away); Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (approx. 5.8 miles away); St. Luke's Church (approx. 6 miles away).
 
Regarding Palmetto Bluff. AKA, Theus Plantation
 
Also see . . .
1. Can you dig it? Archaeologists excavate plantation site at Palmetto Bluff. The Island Packet, Published Tuesday, April 8, 2008 (By LIZ MITCHELL) (Submitted on June 28, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Richard Thornton Wilson, Jr. Son of the Commissary General for the Confederate States of America. (Submitted on June 28, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Our Georgia History.
Palmetto Bluff image. Click for full size.
By Palmetto Bluff Marker, June 21, 2009
3. Palmetto Bluff
( Middle right picture ) Aerial view of Palmetto Bluff, today
Union Camp was formed in Franklin, Virginia, by the 1956 merger of Union Bag and Paper and Camp Manufacturing (Submitted on June 28, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Furniture
I own a piece of furniture that at one time was in the Palmetto Lodge that was saved from the fire by my grandmother who was 23 years old at the time. She passed away in 1998 at the age of 95, passing the furniture to me. Her dad was employed there from 1900-1938 and was supertendent of Palmetto Bluff when he left.
    — Submitted October 7, 2011.

 
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4. Palmetto Bluff Marker
( Lower right picture )
The Varn Cattle and Turpentine Company farmed the property from 1927 to 1937.
Palmetto Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Palmetto Bluff Marker
5. Palmetto Bluff Marker
( Left center picture )
In its heyday, the Palmetto Lodge was a sportsman's paradise.
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By Palmetto Bluff Marker
6. Palmetto Bluff Marker
( Lower left picture )
Ruins of the R.T. Wilson mansion still stands today. [Photo shows how the mansion once stood]
Palmetto Bluff Marker, left image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
7. Palmetto Bluff Marker, left
The middle and right markers illustrate today's plans for a modern community
Palmetto Bluff ruins, as mentioned, after the fire image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
8. Palmetto Bluff ruins, as mentioned, after the fire
Palmetto Bluff ruins image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
9. Palmetto Bluff ruins
Palmetto Bluff Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
10. Palmetto Bluff Chapel
Palmetto Bluff ,sticks and twigs being shaped into a sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2007
11. Palmetto Bluff ,sticks and twigs being shaped into a sculpture
"The artist, Patrick Dougherty's 'abstract sculptures are intended to respect nature and add to the natural surroundings.'"
Palmetto Bluff lawn orniment image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2007
12. Palmetto Bluff lawn orniment
 
 
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