Sandlapper Publishing (1983) edition; first published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company (1941). 167pp. plus illustrations. 7 x 10.25 inches. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 0-87844-003-8. ISBN-13: 978-0-87844-003-0.
In 1937 famed outdoor writer Archibald Rutledge moved back to his childhood home, Hampton Plantation, on the Santee River in South Carolina's Lowcounty near McClellanville, and began restoration of the property. Home by the River is a tribute to and description of Hampton, its setting, and its people.
“At the age of fifty-six, after an absence of forty-four years, I returned to the country where I was born.…Hampton Plantation, in the coastal country of South Carolina, forty miles northeast of Charleston, is the ancient home of my ancestors; and because, since my return, so many adventures have befallen me, I believe it worth while to record them. There is a theory that those who gamble can't win, but the fact of the matter is that those who do not gamble can't win.…
“Nowhere else in the world has nature been kinder to her children than in those regions where the great plantations were formed out of the Eden-like wilderness of the Low Country. And that charm is an eternal one; though the civilization that it cradled and nourished has passed away, the charm survives. The home remains lovely after the guests are gone.”
Cover illustration: Archibald Rutledge with his deer hound.
Archibald Rutledge (1883–1973) was South Carolina's first poet laureate, and a prolific and beloved writer of out-of-doors prose.
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