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Okra magazine, “Preserving the South”

By: hoi toide
2/20/2021 7:58 AM



By: hoi toide
2/20/2021 8:00 AM

Watson Brown’s piece



okramagazine.com

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By: Beach Farmer
2/20/2021 8:37 AM

Epic! .....My family has DEEP roots in the South. Both my Mother and Grandmamma are named Dixie from the Low Country outside Charleston. We can't let the light of the South fade. So much of what I remember seems lost already as people come South with ridiculous notions about what the South means and who Southern people are. I'm half a Yankee, but I grew up every summer on Folly beach on the ocean in my Grandmomma's house and at summer bible school in a Southern Baptist Church. Spent my days barefoot surf fishing on the shore or fishing for catfish with a cane pole inland. Corn bread, black eyed peas, hush puppies and whatever fish and crabs we caught that day. We never set foot in a "seafood store" Best days of my life...

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By: OceanBlue
2/20/2021 12:07 PM

the South means and who Southern people are. I'm half a Yankee,

Beach Farmer


So...you too were raised with "the war of Northern aggression" vs "uhm, no...it was the civil war". My mom and dad's fam literally fought against each other.

Until our first was born in the '80's (and everybody sorta kinda "made up") both sets of grandparents were only in my presence once (circa late '50's) ....and that was for about 15 minutes until the "disagreement" started over a stupid "thing" ....one just walked out.

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By: tc08105
2/20/2021 8:04 PM

The low country is one of the best places on earth. As are the people who reside there. Between two of my favorite cities. Charleston and savannah..

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By: groovygirl222
2/20/2021 9:35 PM

Hahahaha! “The war of northern aggression”!!!! I haven’t heard that since high school! I was raised in a famous confederate civil war town (still live here) in Virginia and I had it called that in history class in the early 90s!!!!

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By: Greg MD
2/21/2021 7:36 AM

Just sitting here on a 16 degree morning, sipping a steamy cup of coffee and wondering what to have for dinner tonight. Okra! Jambalaya and cornbread tonight. My grandparents were from the south and always had the best dinners.

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By: Bill
2/21/2021 9:27 AM

The low country is one of the best places on earth. As are the people who reside there. Between two of my favorite cities. Charleston and savannah..

tc08105


Spent a few years in Beaufort, and the smell of the Mud Plough gets in your soul.

A few years ago I returned, having not been there in over 25 years, and the smell of the Plough brought a tear to my eyes. Even though I had not called the Low Country my home in a long long time, I realized that Conroy was right, it gets in your being and never leaves you.

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By: Whaler9818
2/21/2021 7:09 PM

Epic! .....My family has DEEP roots in the South. Both my Mother and Grandmamma are named Dixie from the Low Country outside Charleston. We can't let the light of the South fade. So much of what I remember seems lost already as people come South with ridiculous notions about what the South means and who Southern people are. I'm half a Yankee, but I grew up every summer on Folly beach on the ocean in my Grandmomma's house and at summer bible school in a Southern Baptist Church. Spent my days barefoot surf fishing on the shore or fishing for catfish with a cane pole inland. Corn bread, black eyed peas, hush puppies and whatever fish and crabs we caught that day. We never set foot in a "seafood store" Best days of my life...

Beach Farmer


Forgive me, I am a yankee, Why is it called 'Low County', I can only guess it floods on occasion.
While attending ' Sub School' in New London Conn, I put in as one of my duty choices for a 'Boat' out of Charleston SC.
That was in 1960, when Charleston had a '
Sub Base'. I fell in love with the Charleston Architecture.

Well, you guess it, I rode a 'boat' out of New London Conn. for 5 years, guess that is the reason I don't know why it is called 'Low County'.

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By: Beach Farmer
2/22/2021 7:46 AM

The low country is one of the best places on earth. As are the people who reside there. Between two of my favorite cities. Charleston and savannah..

tc08105


Spent a few years in Beaufort, and the smell of the Mud Plough gets in your soul.

A few years ago I returned, having not been there in over 25 years, and the smell of the Plough brought a tear to my eyes. Even though I had not called the Low Country my home in a long long time, I realized that Conroy was right, it gets in your being and never leaves you.

Bill


That is probably the most accurate low country sense and smell analogy possible. Only a person who lived there could know that.

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By: Beach Farmer
2/22/2021 8:08 AM

Epic! .....My family has DEEP roots in the South. Both my Mother and Grandmamma are named Dixie from the Low Country outside Charleston. We can't let the light of the South fade. So much of what I remember seems lost already as people come South with ridiculous notions about what the South means and who Southern people are. I'm half a Yankee, but I grew up every summer on Folly beach on the ocean in my Grandmomma's house and at summer bible school in a Southern Baptist Church. Spent my days barefoot surf fishing on the shore or fishing for catfish with a cane pole inland. Corn bread, black eyed peas, hush puppies and whatever fish and crabs we caught that day. We never set foot in a "seafood store" Best days of my life...

Beach Farmer


Forgive me, I am a yankee, Why is it called 'Low County', I can only guess it floods on occasion.
While attending ' Sub School' in New London Conn, I put in as one of my duty choices for a 'Boat' out of Charleston SC.
That was in 1960, when Charleston had a '
Sub Base'. I fell in love with the Charleston Architecture.

Well, you guess it, I rode a 'boat' out of New London Conn. for 5 years, guess that is the reason I don't know why it is called 'Low County'.

Whaler9818


Well, according to my Grandaddy, That area was always referred to as the Bayou because it's marshy...not swamp, salt water and brackish Marsh. .. and when ever you talked about the Bayou it was always "down the Bayou" thus "The Low Country". I remember the Navy Base well. Grandaddy worked at the Naval yard all his adult life as a civilian. Everytime we walked in the door I'd hear him say.."Motha..the Yankees are here". Then he'd ask me if I believed in the Constitution and the "limited power of the federal government"...?? I'd say "I guess" then he'd say "then you aint a damn yankee!! ..come give Grandaddy some sugar!". Brings a tear to the eye. Good ole Grandaddy Emmett, I named my Son after him.

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