SCETV’s immersive transmedia website showcasing the culture and history of Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000 acre historic site on the coast of South Carolina. Located between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, Hobcaw is a crossroads representing every era of human history, providing a lens through which many threads of the nation’s story may be examined. Visitors to the Between the Waters website take a self-directed virtual tour of Hobcaw Barony, moving down the roads and rice canals, entering slave dwellings and grand houses, watching videos, examining photographs, and listening to historians and the first-person stories of former residents and relatives.
Located near Georgetown, historic Hobcaw was the location of a Native American settlement and later the hunting retreat of financier Bernard Baruch. This SCETV special tells the story of Hobcaw, now preserved for education and research, in the words of those who lived there. "Between The Waters" has just been published to knowitall.org! You can access the documentary and the website here.
It is the story of an extraordinary woman who broke many barriers during her lifetime and left the state of South Carolina an enormous gift upon her death. Belle Baruch was the daughter of Bernard Mannes Baruch, one of the most famous and influential Jewish Americans of the first half of the twentieth century. A South Carolina native, he purchased Hobcaw Barony, a 17,500 acre estate on the Waccamaw Neck near Georgetown, as a winter home in 1905. Belle grew up spending winter vacations at Hobcaw and eventually bought the property from her father.
With Woodrow Wilson and her father, Belle fought hard for the League of Nations, and during WWII she served as a coastal observer, contributing to the capture of at least one German spy along the beaches of Hobcaw. At a time when environmentalism was a nascent concept, she created the Belle W. Baruch Foundation in her will, preserving Hobcaw for education and research and the people of South Carolina.
Don't miss this exciting history of The Baruchs of Hobcaw!