April 5, 2019

"A people who mean to be their own governors,” she once said, “must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” So said the great Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who took over the management of Wappoo Plantation and her family’s other two agricultural properties in 173...

April 3, 2019

“Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust — we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

— Albert Einstein

One would think the literary geniuses over at GQ would do a bit of homework before trying to lure an iconic performer into a t...

March 11, 2019

Author/photographer Bill Fitzpatrick (right) joins Linda Reid, a direct descendent of Capt. James Frazier, to explore her ancestry in the cemetery of Cedar Springs ARP Church near Abbeville. 

On a crisp autumn day in 2010, Bill Fitzpatrick grabbed his camera bag an...

March 7, 2019

As I listen to the perpetual whishing of pink hats being tossed into the presidential ring by those eager to take down Donald J. Trump in 2020, I can’t help but wonder if the only possibility of staving off the Armageddon brewing between America’s political left and ri...

March 2, 2018

For many, growing up on South Carolina’s coast naturally fuels an enduring passion for the environment. No doubt, that was the case for Elizabeth Applegate Dieck, who spent as much of her youth as possible outdoors and on the water, a practice she and her husband conti...

July 16, 2015


On a recent summer Saturday morning, as a mild sea breeze blew across Charleston Harbor, Lenny Krawcheck pulled the cover off his Lightning, the first step in getting his three-man sailboat ready for the afternoon regatta. Mr. Krawcheck paused for a moment to gaze acr...

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Nearly 20 years ago, an editor noted that we are “… not the West Ashley Mercury, not the Peninsula Mercury, not the James Island Mercury…” To this day, we remain a publication for the entire Lowcountry. We send each month’s print edition to fifty fine neighborhoods in our area and to subscribers in to 34 states.  For thousands of Charleston Mercury readers, we continue the mission as he simply stated it — “to bring attention to what makes the real Lowcountry tick.” We hope all those who care about our arts, culture, outdoors, quality of life and all that "pluff mud magic" that We People love so dear will enjoy these "salmon sheets."

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