Southern Road Trip: Brookgreen Gardens, Murrels Inlet
Two fighting stallions, sculpted by none other than the eclectic Anna Huntington that we talked about yesterday, mark the entrance to Brookgreen Gardens. The Gardens extend over four former rice plantations and consist of sculptures, a zoo, several ecosystems, wildlife preserves, a poetry garden, a children’s storybook garden, and dozens of water fountains. In short, it’s huge.*
Anna’s sculptures are featured throughout the park in enclaves, in groups, as part of larger sculptures, and as the center of fountains. In many areas, they are even used to tell stories. This is most true in the children’s garden where sculpted brown bears, pigs, as well as a tortoise caravan, are displayed along with the words of myths, fairytales, morality shorts, and other famous children’s stories. (more…)
Southern Road Trip: Atalaya Castle, Murrels Inlet
Atalaya Castle is a broken down beauty. The former winter home of Archer and Anna Huntington may not look like a castle in the traditional sense, but it’s an excellent reminder of what was considered a castle to individual people in different times. It’s shaped like a fortress, really.
The bricks are whitewashed like the ocean waves crashing on the sand just outside. There’s a beach walk-up and a room dedicated to the ocean view and its sunny disposition. There’s old world plumbing and simple, elegant architecture. It’s all very romantic, like you’ve found a lost piece of history in shambles and you’re the only person who gets to experience its charm, beachgoers and tourists be damned. (more…)