Botany Bay Plantation

There are 32 comments on the Post and Courier story from Jul 18, 2008, titled Botany Bay Plantation. In it, Post and Courier reports that:

Botany Bay Plantation is open for public access. The 4,630-acre tract of diverse habitats on Edisto Island is managed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

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rob

Hollywood, SC

#1 Jul 23, 2008
I have heard there are a lot of rattlesnakes along that area and the beach is more like muck or super saturated clay. the view is not worth the effort.
MIke

Bedford, OH

#2 Jul 24, 2008
Rob,

All due respect, you could not be more wrong about Botany Bay. It is more than worth effort. I would say the drive down the Eddingsville Beach Road approaching BB is worth the trip alone. Once inside, the place is absolutely magical in its raw beauty! I jog over there from our place on Jeremy Cay (across a couple of inlets) and love the beach as well.

Just ask the Producers of "The Patriot" and other films why they chose BB as the set of their movie! I can tell you a whole bunch more if you like ... [email protected]
Linda

AOL

#3 Jul 24, 2008
I was impressed with what I saw at Botany Bay. It's a little less than a 2 hour drive for me, but it was well worth it. I will definitely go back.

I respect Rob's opinion, however, it just goes to show that we don't all see things with the same perspective.
FL beach bum

Madison Heights, MI

#4 Jul 25, 2008
I would bet any money that Rob was just trying to keep people from finding out about Botany Bay, by mentioning rattlesnakes and muck.

Ok I know it is public land but you don't need a lot of people going there to screw it up.
Bud Skidmore

United States

#5 Jul 27, 2008
Bud Skidmore

Maxton, NC

#6 Jul 30, 2008
The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society and the Edisto Island Preservation Alliance will host an island wide meeting on August 7th at the Allen AME church, 8060 Botany Bay Rd. Our guest will be Mr. John Frampton, Director of SC DNR. Purpose of the meeting is to hear directly from Mr. Frampton SCDNR's vision of the future of Botany Bay and to allow the community to ask questions and make comments. We anticipate working together to create a volunteer organization to assist SCDNR at Botany Bay in the future. While primarily intended for Island residents and property owners the public is invited.
Thought it was beautiful

Chapin, SC

#7 Aug 1, 2008
I just returned from a couple of visits to Botany Bay last week and I'm sorry but I feel like some of the "Preserve Edisto" rhetoric is nothing but propoganda to keep people from going there. The fire station that runs EMS calls is not far down the road and not once did I have any problems with cell service while in the park...I made and received calls while there. I saw the guy from DNR 3 times, once when he came to check on people at the landing and talked to me about kayaking and then had not problem finding him within 5 minutes after a tree fell and blocked the main road...he was back and removing it before I made it back there. That said, I understand the want and desire to keep such a beautiful place as pristine and unchanged as possible but what's the point if no one will ever be there to see it. It should be open to the enjoyment of nature lovers and naturalist..not just a select few. Have some faith in the system to do the right thing, if you run everyone off from there, people will never see it and won't be willing to donate or help keep it up and then it will fall to shambles.
Bud Skidmore

United States

#8 Aug 1, 2008
The Edisto Island Preservation alliance is not trying to keep people away from Edisto, we depend upon visitors for our island's economy. We also know that we must preserve what brings them here our beautiful, unspoiled, non commercial setting. That is our purpose not to scare people or propagandize. I wrote the copy on the web site. I felt like it was pretty reasonable. I don't want Botany closed, I want to go there myself. It is a piece of heaven. But I also don't want the second most active loggerhead turtle nesting area in SC ruined. I don't want the threatened birds who nest there disturbed. I certainly don't want to watch the historic sites destroyed. I want people who value those things, which you obviously do, to come here and enjoy them safely. I'm glad y our cell phone worked there, different phones react differently. Mine did not. Isn't it reasonable to tell people how to prepare to come and enjoy a wildlife area? I think so.
FL beach bum

Madison Heights, MI

#10 Aug 7, 2008
Congratulations on wanting to be a member...we need more people like you to help.
SKing Coumbia SC

Isle Of Palms, SC

#11 Aug 19, 2008
My family and I went to Botany Bay last week while
vacationing at Edisto Beach. We loved it. The beach was fantastic not to mention all the wonderful sea shells my grandchildren found. The tour through the plantation was also great. Thanks so much for opening it up to the public. We will definitely be back again.
Christy

Roanoke, VA

#12 Sep 10, 2008
Our Girl Scout Troop from Roanoke, Virginia traveled to Edisto in June. We were the first "public" group to be allowed on the property even before it was open to the public. We did a trash pick up on Shell Island and I must say that it was absolutely beautiful and we didn't get to see near as much as we would have liked to. Some of the land going onto the island is swamp-like the the beaches are beautiful and the people are wonderful. It was Ms. Pepper's wish to have her property be open to be a teaching resourse. The DNR folks are only trying to preserve it so that our children and their children will be able to learn about the way things were and about the wildlife. Most towns these days are building new buildings on all the land. As my dad used to say, "they aren't making land anymore!" At some point we have to say enough is enough and preserve some for our grandchildren. I believe that was all Ms. Pepper wanted for Botany Bay.
Joan

AOL

#13 Nov 8, 2008
I hope SKing Columbia SC's grandchildren did not TAKE those shells they found!! We visited Botany Bay on 11/06/08 and were very impressed with the area. Aside from the mosquitoes--which were pretty bad--in the swampy area just before getting to the beach, it was worth the short hike to see such a beach--I've never seen so many shells!! I agree with Christy. It was a wonderful escape.
Bud Skidmore

Maxton, NC

#14 Nov 9, 2008
we just put a few new images- and some very old ones - on http://www.preserveedisto.org/BotanybayWMA.ht...
Edisto

Mount Pleasant, SC

#15 Dec 19, 2008
Take an ecotour with Botany Bay Ecotours www.botanybayplantation.com . Awesome!
kmc

United States

#16 Jan 29, 2009
botany bay is amazing. lowcountry SC is my future home hopefully, and all this talk about edisto is making me wish i were there now!!
Becky from Beaufort

Greer, SC

#17 Aug 25, 2009
I have been coming to my beach house at Edisto since 1975,and it has always reminded me of what Daytona Beach "looked like" as a child.I went to Botony Bay this past April, and fell in love with it!I felt like I had stepped back in time,when things were all so fresh and new, and I was all by myself on the earth. I felt like it was gift to me,from God.I have a group of Mom's who have lost children,who come to my beach house in September and February,where we spend time sharing;talking;eating;walking on the beach.By honoring our children and doing those things that glorify our Lord, we help in the healing process.This September 25th through the 27th,we plan to walk out to Botony Bay and let its beauty work its wonders on our hearts.Thank you for keeping it so beautiful!
Bud Skidmore

United States

#18 Aug 26, 2009
It is a wonderful place, but please be aware that Botany is closed for hunting a good bit during Sept. I think 21-26 and 28-30 are among the dates. You can check on the dnr site or at the webiste of the Edisto Island Preservation Alliance http://www.preserveedisto.org/Botany%20Bay/Bo...
robby

United States

#19 Aug 29, 2009
MIke wrote:
Rob,
All due respect, you could not be more wrong about Botany Bay. It is more than worth effort. I would say the drive down the Eddingsville Beach Road approaching BB is worth the trip alone. Once inside, the place is absolutely magical in its raw beauty! I jog over there from our place on Jeremy Cay (across a couple of inlets) and love the beach as well.
Just ask the Producers of "The Patriot" and other films why they chose BB as the set of their movie! I can tell you a whole bunch more if you like ... [email protected]
You are right. Bitten and sweating , the beach isn't worth it.
robby

United States

#20 Aug 29, 2009
you are right. Not much to see for the price of being bitten and not much on the so called beach except a reef that shells come upon.
m and m

Hollywood, SC

#21 Sep 18, 2009
Sept.18, 2009 - Visited Botany Bay Plantation during our stay in Edisto Beach. The woman who greeted us was informative regarding the history, the variety of trees, the wildlife, the cotton plantation and the hunts. The road leading to the entrance of Botany Bay was phenominal and lined with live oaks with arched branches as a canapy transcending us back to a more simple time. The walk to the beach was tranquil wiith tiny crabs scurrying about. The beach was enchanting and the palm trees and foilage made us feel like we were in the Pirates of the Caribbean. We also saw a Loggerhead hatching area. We will definitely return. The information sheet provided was great but more factual info would have been even better; for example, who is Mrs. Pepper who saved the oak tree. Keep up the great work in preserving this area!

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