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Sandlapper Magazine

For more than 40 years Sandlapper magazine showcased the people, places and history of South Carolina. We've extracted some of our fan-favorites from recent issues. To read each of these featured articles in its entirety, click on the title.

Winter 2011/Spring 2012

Upstate Quilt Trail

While fabric quilting is enjoying a resurgence in popularity as homestead crafts are discovered by a new generation, one Upstate group is sharing that heritage with a broader audience.

Farm Fresh

Formerly located on Bluff Road in Columbia, the new South Carolina State Farmers Market in its new location is much more than just a venue for selling and buying garden-fresh produce from local farms. 

Binyah and Comyah

Celebrating the Gullah-Geechee Culture of the Lowcountry.

Mac's Pride

Kemp McLeod knows every one of his peach trees— all 90,000 of them. As he drives from field to rolling field, he keeps up a nonstop, fascinating chatter about varieties, planting, pruning, irrigation, fruit quality, showy versus non-showy blooms, soils and field rotation. One would think he had nothing else on his mind. 

Go for a Ride

A a 250-meter velodrome, an Olympic-class bicycling track with staggering 42.5-degree banked turns is the centerpiece of the $4 million, 250-acre Rock Hill Outdoor Center just off I-77 just south of Charlotte. 

Heavenly Design

Walking into the new Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is a breathtaking experience. As you walk through the front doors into the narthex, propelled forward by light, your breath leaves you, and your eyes and soul are lifted toward heaven. Regardless of your faith affiliation, you cannot help but be drawn in and upward toward the face of Christ bathed in light. Vivid colors and art envelope you, and compel you to turn ever so slowly to take in the imagery.

Autumn 2011

Greer Finds Its Niche

Greer started out as little more than a railroad stop. Today, this bustling town is one of the fastest-growing cities in South Carolina. Take a trip with us to the Upstate and find out why.

Journey to the Paradise Beyond

Daufuskie Island is one of South Carolina's natural treasures. But getting there and back is anything but easy for the few residents who remain on this pristine paradise.

Hilton Head's Harbour Town Golf Links

Here's a backstage pass to South Carolina's only PGA tournament. Get up close and personal with Hilton Head's Harbour Town Golf Links.

USO Supports South Carolina's Finest

The USO has a long and proud history of helping our armed forces. Read about South Carolina's newest USO and find out how our National Guard is putting troubled youths on the path to success.

Summer 2011

Lordy, Lordy, Lake Keowee's 40!

In 1967, Duke Energy broke ground on the Keowee Dam, which created one of the purest lakes in North America. Now it's a magnet for fishermen, boaters, hikers and nature-lovers of all types.

Saving the Heirloom Azaleas

Magnolia Gardens, the oldest public garden in America, is working to rescue its original "Southern belles."

It's Raining Cats and Dogs in South Carolina

There are thousands upon thousands of homeless pets in South Carolina. One Midlands animal group has a way to stem the tide.

Newberry. Why Not?

After restoring its iconic Opera House, Newberry has become a tourist and industry hotspot.

Spring 2011

Big Red & the Star of the West

Lt. Col. W. Thomas Smith Jr., explores the legend of "Big Red," and the real first shots of the Civil War.

South Carolina's Oldest Golf Course

Aiken's Palmetto Golf Club, founded in 1892, has played host to some of golf's biggest legends.

A Sweet Weave

Before Angie Buxton moved to Daniel Island, she had never heard of sweet grass baskets. Today, she's designing jewelry based on these Lowcountry treasures.

Greenwood Revisited

Ten years ago, Sandlapper visited Greenwood when the city was on the cusp of big change. We took a trip back in this issue to see how things turned out.


Judge Cameron Bruce Littlejohn may have been Speaker of the SC House and Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court, but to Inell Allen, he was "Pop." Take an intimate look at one of South Carolina's favorite public servants through the eyes of his daughter.

Winter 2010

From Horses to Heroes

Take a look at the Marsh Tacky, a special breed that's been around for hundreds of years.

Tomahawks to Taliban-Hunters

Explore our state's rich military traditions from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.

The Lunch that Changed History

Fifty years ago, nine Rock Hill college students were arrested and jailed because they ordered lunch. 

Hartsville: The Heart of the Pee Dee

Hartsville has a thriving downtown and cultural arts scene, abundant natural beauty and recreational opportunities and a diverse economic base. 

Autumn 2010 

His Heart's His Home

Since returning back to the Lowcountry, Roger Pinckney has been inspired to pick up his passion for writing and the fight to preserve the natural integrity of Daufuskie Island.

Bill Stokes: Catawba River Ball Retriever

Bill Stokes has collected over 150,000 balls from the Catawba River along the Lancaster and Chester County border.

South Carolina Brews

Take a look at craft-brewed beers across the Palmetto state.

Seewalls Merge Art with Technology

Read how paintings are helping to speed the healing process.

Clinton: Where Tea is Sweet, and the "t" is Silent

This charming Upstate city serves up Southern hospitality.

Summer 2010

The Soul of an Island

Meet Nick Lindsay, the poet of Edisto. He's also a carpenter, plumber, boat builder, performer and former professor. Since settling on Edisto 50 years ago, Lindsay has documented the island's unique culture and past through his heart-felt verse. 

Selflessless & Courage

The Medal of Honor is our nation's highest military award for battlefield heroism. Today, there are only 91 living recipients of the Medal, and South Carolina lays claim to five of them. 

Unlikely Friendship

Federal Judges Matthew Perry Jr. and Sol Blatt Jr., paths to the bench couldn't have been more different. Both born in 1921 in South Carolina, they have formed a unique and long-lasting friendship.

Young, Gifted and Fearless

As a teenager, Dustin Johnson got into trouble. These days, the 25-year-old Columbia native avoids trouble caused by trees, bunkers and water hazards on some of the PGA's top golf courses.

Spring 2010

Mud Flats to Mansions

Staggeringly beautiful, Charleston's landmark Murray Boulevard remains an example of what might have been. 

To the Rescue

Interested in helping save South Carolina's architectural heritage? Call the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, which saves historic gems and brings them new life.

Notes from the Road

U.S. Highway 76 stretches from rural Horry County to the mighty Chattooga River. Tom Poland travels its length, and discovers South Carolina's "true face." 

Raptor Refuge

Writer and photographer Jason A. Zwiker reports on how the Awendaw center saves magnificent creatures. 

SC Fiction Project

The S.C. Fiction Project, a biennial competition sponsored by Sandlapper magazine and the S.C. Arts Commission, calls for previously unpublished short stories. Click here for 2011 winners. For more information, visit


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