In September NY Walkman was on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. When my wife picked up a brochure on Brook green Gardens I expected to find a "South of the Border" Style Sculpture Museum. WOW - was I wrong!
Instead I found a beautiful gardens and with an excellent collection of sculpture. That was only part of the 6,000 acre estate. There was also a wildlife exhibit, a butterfly exhibit and several nature walks and historic tours. My wife and I spent two days there, and there was still a lot to see. Each day we packed a picnic lunch. There was an great picnic area, which could easily accommodate several hundred visitors. In the picnic area, on one day we were alone, and on the second there was one other couple.
Each day we visited, our pedometers register over 4 miles. The map below shows a course less than three miles, but as you wind your way through the gardens the distance will expand. On one day we went to the Low Country Center and took the bus to the (self Guided) Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail. They have an well mapped trail, that I would guess is between one-two miles long.
It's understandable that the Gardens has a restrictive photo policy, so I limited the number of images of sculpture from the slide show.
Brookgreen is at the nexus of a quite a few extremely interesting characters and events from American History: the Huntingtons; Aaron Burr and his daughter Theodosia; Joseph Alston; Theodosia's mysterious disappearance; and George Washington's visit.
- Wikipedia - Brookgreen Gardens
- Brookgreen Garden Map
- Brookgreen = The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail
- Wikipedia - Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington
- Wikipedia - Archer Milton Huntington
- Wikipedia - Collis Potter Huntington
- Wikipedia - Aaron Burr, Jr.
- Wikipedia - Theodosia Burr Alston
- Theodosia's Letters
- Fate of Theodosia
- Book: Theodosia Burr Alston: Portrait of a Prodigy; by Richard N. Côté
- Wikipedia - Joseph Alston
- George Washington's visit to Myrtle Beach (and other sites in South Carolina)