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Hampton Plantation, McClellanville, South Carolina.

The plantation was established in 1735, and its main house exhibits one of the earliest known examples in the United States of a temple front in domestic architecture. It is also one of the state’s finest examples of a wood frame Georgian plantation house. (Wikipedia)

Hampton Plantation, McClellanville, South Carolina.
Hampton Plantation, McClellanville, South Carolina.

The house has an evolutionary construction history, begun in 1735 and ending roughly in 1790-91. The original owner of the land, and first section of the house was a French Huguenot refugee. Successive owners were each among the founders of South Carolina, and Charleston.

The final owner Archibald Rutledge was a poet laureate and educator. The property is currently owned by the state and is a National Landmark.

The site is in the Santee Delta of South Carolina.

Old Plantation In The Delta

Like most people I had an image of plantation houses, they were ‘Gone With The Wind’ mansions.

I have only seen one building that looks close. Most are much more modest, large, but not ornate.

Old Plantation In The Delta
Old Plantation In The Delta

The really old ones, out in the marshlands where rice, indigo, and sea island cotton were grown, were built over long periods of time. Many were replacements (not this one) for buildings that had burned or been destroyed by wars.

Old Plantation In The Delta
Old Plantation In The Delta

Common to most all is a porch, bricks, tall windows for breezes to pass through, and multiple sections added over years. This building dates to 1790.

 

Tiny, Dramatic, Tree Frog

One step out our back porch door and it can feel like ‘Wild Kingdom’… miniature style. Sometimes it’s even on the porch which is why the back door stays closed.

Ellen has been shooting with Macro lens lately and getting some really nice results. Tropical heat and a few monsoon days have kept us close, but she has a whole parade of tiny critters that visit.

Finally after hearing about the ‘tiny’ Tree Fog I had to go out and see for myself.

Tiny, Dramatic, Tree Frog
Tiny, Dramatic, Tree Frog

Tiny ??? The flower is tiny, the Frog… maybe the size of a thumbnail, maybe.

This small sized guy needed some drama, so a Film noir circa 1940’s fit the bill.