Books & Essays
A New South Hunt Club: An Illustrated History of the Hilton Head Agricultural Society, 1917-1967
John F. Blair Publisher 2006
Hilton Head Island is a world-class resort, a playground for the wealthy, a golfer?s paradise.
Or at least it has been for the last tiny fragment of its long history.
Some very special businessmen-turned-hunters were among the last people to know the South Carolina sea island in its natural state. The Hilton Head Agricultural Society, incorporated in 1917, was comprised of mill owners, bankers, physicians, and other local leaders from three communities: Gastonia, North Carolina; Clover, South Carolina; and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Every year, those men would slough off their high-powered business concerns, pile in their cars, make the long drive to the coast, arrange for a boat to Hilton Head, and traverse the wild island to the simple hunting camp they?d established there.
The men traded their suits and ties for rough clothing, forswore communications with the outside world, lived communally, and ate only what they managed to kill. The only other humans they were likely to encounter were slave descendants who spoke the Gullah language. A New South Hunt Club tells the story of a time, a place, and a way of life that should not be forgotten. Author Richard Rankin conducted personal interviews and sought out papers and photographs from private and company archives to compile this entertaining and eye-catching account.
North Carolina Nature Writing: Four Centuries of Personal Narratives and Descriptions
John F. Blair Publisher 1996