ADCO is involved in some exciting projects these days, but none are more interesting than what we’re doing for Hobcaw Barony.
Our own Brian Murrell spent three days last week shooting a video, with Dust of the Ground, on location.
Hobcaw Barony is an extraordinary place that defies quick and easy description.
First, it’s big – 15,500 acres. It occupies the whole lower end of the Waccamaw Neck, all of the land and marsh between Debidue and Winyah Bay.
Second, it’s old. It has existed, as an identifiable entity by the same name, since King George I granted the land to John, Lord Carteret, one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, in 1718. It would be split up into plantations, but would be reassembled by Bernard Baruch in 1907, and has remained intact and almost untouched since.
It’s about the past, from the original Indian inhabitants, through the first European settlers, through the African slaves (whose shacks, and graveyards, are still intact on the land), to the movers and shakers of the 20th century – from the South Carolina native and Wall Street wizard who had reassembled the estate to Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
It’s about the future, as the research conducted there by the University of South Carolina and Clemson University yields essential knowledge about the Earth and what is happening to it – knowledge that can’t be obtained elsewhere.
It is a tremendous gift to the world, left to a foundation by Belle Baruch and dedicated to education and research.
We feel privileged to be a part of telling its story.