I’m very excited to be able to report that my most recent map projects, two different maps of South Carolina, are finally ready to be viewed. Due to a variety of complications, it took much longer than I had hoped to get these completed, but I think they are worth the wait.
The first one, along with 3 previously issued maps, completes my representation of the entire coastline of the state. This map picks up at Winyah Bay, below Pawleys Island, and goes all the way to the North Carolina border. At its center is Myrtle Beach and the whole Grand Strand and it includes Murrells Inlet, North Myrtle Beach and many other seaside towns, as well as Georgetown and Conway. Where the earlier maps revolved about the Sea Isles, this one really focuses on the beach culture that many vacationers are most familiar with. It should resonate with a lot of great memories and good times.
The second one is a very different kind of map and one I really enjoyed researching and executing. It is a companion to a map that came out last year and covers the same area, Charleston to Edisto Island, depicting the time around the late part of the 19th Century. I’ve done such historical maps before and I’ve always found the comparisons to present day to be fascinating and enlightening. The land forms are recognizable, but the changes that happen to a place over a 100+ years are very obvious. Besides the landmarks such as the important forts and great houses, of which I’ve included a number of vignette sketches around the map borders, the overall much more rural aspect of the Lowcountry is striking. Many fewer roads and the importance of the railroad are all quite evident. The shoreline is familiar but much shifting has occurred. And, of course, Charleston itself is a lot smaller city. I find looking at the past and present side-by-side to be both inspiring and humbling.
So, I hope you’ll find checking these out as enjoyable an experience as I’ve had making them.