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In 1666, Robert Sandford laid claim to "Carolina," the land between Virginia and Florida, while standing on the banks of Bohicket Creek where the village of Rockville is today. Named for the iron ore deposits beneath Wadmalaw Island, Rockville became a village in 1835. Plantation owners from Wadmalaw and other sea islands in Charleston County gathered their families near the region's saltwater during the summer in hopes of surviving the dreaded "miasma," known today as malaria. They built houses, made friends, and intermarried until everyone was related. Images of America: Rockville shows the Bailey, Jenkins, LaRoche, Sams, Seabrook, Stevens, Townsend, Whaley, Wilkinson, and Wilson families; their summer homes; their chapels of ease; and their well-known annual sailing event, the Rockville Regatta.
ISBN: 9780738542348
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: South Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Island native and author Alicia “Lish” Anderson Thompson has researched this village for over 12 years. Her maternal ancestor William Seabrook of Edisto owned Rockville and helped divide it into lots in 1828. In 1947, her grandfather, Oliver Francis Seabrook, commissioned the creation of the Sea Island One Design sailboat and helped found the Sea Island Yacht Club. Thompson has a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Carolina and is a librarian at the Charleston County Public Library.
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