A classic! Includes an epilogue describing
Edisto Island and the fables and lore of bygone days.
Stories handed down from generation
to generation, of that fabulous, romantic era: of the "First Mistress of Bleak
Hall," and how she was brought as a baby to Edisto in a rowboat paddled through
stormy seas by two faithful slaves: of the "Galloping Horseman of Pine Baron,"
who returned a hundred years after his death to reassure a worried guest at one
of the Island's homes: of a plantation mistress who, with the aid of a palmleaf
cross, cast off a conjure spell which had one of her slaves at death's door.
The book accounts Island customs and
activities, past and present. Mrs. Graydon tells of the social life of the
old days, Christmas festivities, summer days on the beach at Edingsville', the
fighting of duels on "the Sands." She takes the reader on a bird-watching tour
of the Island and on a night hunt for sea turtle eggs. She tells of the
development of modern Edisto and its growth as a favorite vacation spot--a
development in which "Edisto changes, but somehow remains the same."