Georgetown in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
In 1718 the Lords Proprietors granted 12,000 acres on Hobcaw Point, the southern portion of Waccamaw Neck, to John, Lord Carteret. The barony was subdivided beginning in 1766, creating several large rice plantations which flourished until the Civil War. In 1905- 07 Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965), Camden native and Wall Street financier, aquired these tracts for a winter retreat.
Bernard Baruch was an advisor to presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Harry S. Truman. Belle Baruch (1900- 1965), the oldest of his three children, was a sailor, pilot, and equestrian who shared her father's passion for the outdoors. She bought the property from him and created a trust devoted to research and education in forestry, wildlife, and marine biology by S.C. universities.
Erected 2008 by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, replacing a marker erected in 1995. (Marker Number 22-57.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Education Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1718.
Location. 33° 21.851′ N, 79° 13.622′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker is at the intersection of Hobcaw Road and Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) on Hobcaw Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 Hobcaw Road, Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belle W. Baruch (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Hobcaw Barony (within shouting distance of this marker); Prospect Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clifton Plantation (approx. half a mile away); Lafayette (approx. half a mile away); DeBordieu Beach (approx. 1.4 miles away); Attacks Upon Georgetown (approx. 1.9 miles away); William Screven (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . .
1. History of Hobcaw Barony. Swamps, abandoned rice fields, pine and hardwood forests, salt marsh and barrier island environments provide habitat for many native animals of the coastal plain. (Submitted on February 20, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. New nature center being built at Hobcaw Barony. (Submitted on February 20, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. National Register Properties in South Carolina, #94001236. Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown County , with additional pictures (Submitted on February 23, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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