A visit to historic Dataw Island near Beaufort where developers have preserved the early history of the island. Includes interviews with Dr. Larry Lepionka, archaeologist from USC - Beaufort, concerning recent discoveries on the island. Also presents a history of the Sams family, which developed one of the wealthiest plantations in the Carolinas on Dataw.
The remains of the Sams' home, built in the 18th century, have been preserved and are an example of tabby architecture. This type of construction utilized shells, which were burned to make lime, then mixed with whole shells and sand, water was added, and the material was then poured into wooden forms and dried.