Shot from May 13 to May 18
These photos are from a site I visited in 2011.
The area of Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island was named Braddock’s Point Plantation in the 1700s. An Irish privateer, “Captain Jack” (John) Stoney arrived in South Carolina in 1774 with his wife and his own merchant ship. He fought for the Patriots in the American Revolution and acquired a fortune for his efforts. He bought the 1,000 acre Braddock’s Point Plantation in 1776.
The Stoney-Baynard Ruins are the foundation of the plantation house built by John Stoney. This was my fifth trip to Hilton Head since 2003, but I had not been to this site. I signed up for a tour that was cancelled because they did have enough people register for the tour. I did a self-tour and spent about 30 minutes at the site. I later found a number of Internet references with varying stories about the history of the house. Some of the references appeared to have contradictory information.
The date that construction began on the plantation home is in dispute, but most accounts placed it between 1790 and 1796. The ruins of the plantation house are the primary attraction on the site, but other smaller ruins from the plantation are also preserved in the area.
The above ruins are the side (foreground) and back of the plantation house.
The house apparently extended beyond the foundation and reportedly had 1,840 square feet, plus a wrap around porch. It faced Calibogue Sound on a bluff to take advantage of the cooling breeze off the water. The area is now wooded, but it is presumed that the home had a clear view to the Sound.
“Captain Jack” Stoney died in a hunting accident in 1821. His extensive holdings were jointly managed by his two sons, James and John. There is confusion about how many generations of Stoney heirs owned the property. One site listed four generations, but I noted a number of contradictions in that resource and confusion in the names of the owners. One of the resources said the name of “Captain Jack” merchant ship was the “Saucy Jack.” Other references said that “Saucy Jack” was his son, John. James died in 1827. John died in 1838.
Some stories said that John “Saucy Jack” lost the plantation in a poker game before he died. That does not appear to be supported. It does appear that the plantation, which had been mortgaged to the Bank of Charleston, was taken over by the bank after John’s death.
William Eddings Baynard owned two plantation on Hilton Head, Spanish Wells and Muddy Creek. He acquired Braddock’s Point Plantation from the Bank of Charleston in 1840 and moved his family to the plantation house. William Baynard died in 1849. His family lived in the home until the Civil War arrived in 1861.
Union forces took Hilton Head Island in November of 1861. The army reportedly occupied the house through 1864. The house burned sometime in the latter half of 1867. Some stories attributed it to Confederate arson, but I doubt that is true since the Civil War ended in 1865.
The Baynards paid back taxes and re-acquired the plantation after the Civil War, but they did not reconstruct the burned house. The foundation and part of the walls remained since they were constructed of “tabby,” which did not burn. The site is noted as one of the largest and best remains of tabby construction.
Sea Pines Plantation was the first real estate development on Hilton Head Island. Charles Frazier, the developer, was interested in preserving the forests and the artifacts within Sea Pines. He set aside the area around the Stoney-Baynard Ruins as part of Baynard Park. The site is on the National Register of Historic Sites.
It is an interesting place and a challenging photographic site. I wish that the story behind the site was less confusing. Maybe I can catch a tour and get the more definitive story on a future visit to Hilton Head.
I love riding on North Carolina’s ferry system. My son moved from Seattle to the peninsula, so last year’s visit included a ride on the Seattle to Bremerton ferry. It rained much of the trip. That gave the photos a darker mood. The clouds began to lift once I reached Bremerton. It was great being with my son.
Most of my physical therapy walking is done at Randolph Mall since our Seattle spring weather is not cooperating. Here are photos from Monday’s mall walk plus info about Wake the World, a non-profit that gives water-sports opportunities to youth who live in children’s homes.
One of the stores has a display this month about Wake the World. We have some children’s homes in our area. Wake the World is a non-profit organization that gives the children chances to go out on a boat and do water sports. It started on Badin Lake in Davidson County, North Carolina. It had events in sixteen states last year.
Our last sunny day was nine days ago. We have clouds and/or rain forecast for three more days. It hit me today that we are having a Seattle spring.
I should not complain. The rain is keeping us out of a drought. It makes things green. It’s just if we are having Seattle weather I would like to be in Seattle. I would like to have the Downtown, First Hill, and Capital Hill districts. I would like to have the seafood restaurants on Elliott Bay. I would like to walk along the sidewalk and hold Gregory’s hand.
As much as I love visiting Seattle I would not want to live there. The city is invigorating, to a point. Then, it becomes exhausting. I prefer my country setting with close access to cities.
I shot three pet photos and two food photos in the past nine days. That is a long time for me to go without scenic photography. There was very little traffic between Gregory’s home and my place this afternoon, so I slowed down or stopped a few times and did some drive-by-shooting photography. Here are my views of a Seattle, North Carolina spring.
Age at Coming Out
In the past two days I read about two gay men who came out in their 60s. I do not know either of them and doubt that we will ever meet. Still, it was interesting (and nice) to know about people who were older than me when they came out.
One story was in QNotes, the Carolinas LGBTQ newspaper. The person turned to a support group in Charlotte for older gay and bisexual men. I do not recall finding that group last year when I was searching for support groups. I started out looking in the Triad area, but expanded my search to Charlotte and Raleigh.
QNotes has a separate link to resources for older LGBTQ people. I included it if any of my readers live in NC and are older, like me. Naturally the resources are in the Charlotte and Raleigh areas. That leaves around ninety-five counties (like mine) that are at least an hour away from any gay senior support resources.
Health care and housing are two of the biggest concerns for gay seniors. That makes sense. Those are some of the biggest concerns for straight people. Once again, perhaps gay and straight people are more alike than different.
The health care concerns hit home due to my recent surgery. Many gay people, like me, do not live close to their families. My son came to help the first two weeks around the surgery. I am fortunate to have friends who have helped and continue to help during my recuperation..
Gay Mormons in North Carolina
Randall Thacker, the President of the gay Mormon support group Affirmation, will be in North Carolina tomorrow night. He contacted the people he knew to see if we would like to meet for dinner. One of the people in Raleigh has pulled together arrangements and dinner reservations.
I plan to go as long as my back will hold out. The group was kind enough to schedule it west of Raleigh so I will have a shorter drive. Gregory hopes to attend. He has been sick. I would love to be there with him, but I hope he will not make the trip unless he feels a lot better. His commute would be even longer since he lives west of me.
So why am I interested in meeting this group? There is a shared heritage, whether the people were born into the Mormon church or joined later in life and whether they grew up in Utah or elsewhere.
I felt very alone last year. I had no support group. I got some greatly appreciated help online from Randall and others within Affirmation and Mormons for Equality. It is nice to know there are allies and other gay Mormons in the state. I hope people in the future who live here and have some gay and Mormon intersection in their lives know they have someone to talk to in North Carolina.
This is a companion photo post to my walk around Bicentennial Park. Sunset Avenue is Asheboro’s former main commercial street. Why is it not called Main Street? Asheboro has a Main Street a few blocks east of where Sunset Avenue ends. When the railroad depot was built north of present-day Sunset Avenue, Asheboro’s commercial and legal district moved west from Main Street to be closer to the train depot.
Sunset Avenue looked like many towns dying business district in the early 1990s. A few years later someone opened an antique mall. Other merchants opened or expanded their businesses. More antique stores came to Sunset Avenue. Asheboro’s bicentennial in 1996 brought the city into the beautification loop. Restaurants opened and closed. The vote to bring alcohol to town in 2008 (I think) brought restaurants downtown that stayed in business.
Sunset Avenue’s revitalization came about from a combination of private and public initiatives. These photos were shot from the section of Sunset Avenue between Church Street and Fayetteville Street.