Local Books & Maps
Listed below are the current titles available relative to Edisto Island. Also included is a CD of local Gullah stories recorded by Charleston native Dick Reeves in the 1960’s – a treasured storyteller and conservator of the Gullah dialect. To order any of the books or CD, call The Edisto Bookstore at 843-869-1885.
‘Pon Top Edisto: Cookin' Tweenst The RiversPresented by Members and Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church Episcopal Church Women of Trinity
$19.95 - hardback (inside comb binding)
Floating around both written and verbally (relative to a ll sea islands) - accurately well said is 'Only a lazy man could go hungry on Edisto.' So noted is - generations of islanders have been blessed by its God and nature with an abundance of fields and waters of food a nd nourishment - the same foods current islanders fortunately have preserved through their own as well as ancestors' recipes in this cookbook. The Episcopal Church Women of Trinity were successful in their diligence to produce this cookbook - with the inclusion of treasured recipes from printings of 'Edisto Island Favorite Recipes',a precursor of this cookbook. Original recipes of current residents and early generations of the island - of interest is the Plantations section of recipes, with the inclusion of a sketch history of the plantation home and original builder. Origina l illustrations by local artists Index 284 pages
Her WayRosalie Hall Hunt
$15.95 - softcover
This is the biography of Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend,credited as founder of the Woman's Missionary Union in 1811, responsible for the development and support of foreign missions, and erecting a Baptist church on Edisto for the enslaved on the island. With a tremendous faith and commitment to her passions, as well with entrepreneurial insight, she sta rted a successful baking business with her dear friend, the slave Bella, providing the means to accomplish these needs for establishment of a church and mission work.Of interest, during the Revolutionary War, simultaneously her father was taken prisoner in Charleston and her mother died in childbirth, leaving her in the care of beloved slaves who brought her to safety on Edisto Island. Married to Daniel Townsend Ill, they raised a large family enduring much hardship in this historical period. Local history and growth of island after the Revolution; Townsend and Jenkins family ancestry. 293 pages, photos, no index.
EDISTO ISLAND 1663 TO 1860: WILD EDEN TO COTTON ARISTOCRACYCharles Spencer
$24.99 - softcover
In this first of two volumes, historian Charles Spencer explores the early history of Edisto, from its earliest days throught the "Golden Age" of plantation aristocracy.
EDISTO ISLAND 1861 TO 2006: RUIN, RECOVERY AND REBIRTHCharles Spencer
$24.99 - softcover
Charles Spencer, in his second volume of Edisto history, recounts the events of the Civil War, the struggles of Reconstruction, the effect of the new freedman class and the island's rebirth as a favorite vacation spot and modern community in the twentieth century. Each chapter offers an enjoyable excursion into the past and a detailed look at the remarkable history of Edisto.
EDISTO: A SEA ISLAND PRINCIPALITYClara Childs Puckette
$19.95 - hardback w/ dust jacket
A history of Edisto Island from the Revolution to present day. B/W photos. 92 pages.
SHE CAME TO EDISTO ISLAND: A NEW ENGLAND WOMAN’S DIARY IN DIXIE – 1885Mary Ames
$10.00 - hardback
The diary of Mary Ames who came to Edisto through The Freedmen's Bureau of Boston to teach local slaves after retreat of the plantation owners upon occupation of the island by Union troops. One illustration. 125 pages
RUMBLING OF THE CHARIOT WHEELS: DOINGS AND MISDOINGS IN THEI. Jenkins Mikell