The many and varied Nancy Rhyne books have one thing in
common and that is the preservation of South Carolina history. Through the telling of tales and collection of oral history, the Southern culture has been handed down from generation to generation.
A natural story teller, Nancy writes about the Carolina low country she knows so well. She has spent years collecting oral tales and writing them down with a special interest in preserving the history and folklore of the South Carolina Low Country.
In her writings, Nancy weaves tales of ordinary people and
historical figures, as well as haunted stories of ghosts that frequently appear
even today. She captures the reader from the first sentence and holds him or
her spellbound to the end. Nothing escapes her pen.
In her first collection of stories, Tales of the South Carolina
Low Country, Nancy traveled the backroads of the rural coast, interviewing people
and recording their tales, creating an award-winning book in the process. The
collection includes humorous stories and tales of mystery. Hurricanes, strange
voodoo practices, tales of slaves and cruel overseers, beautiful plantations
and mournful cemeteries can all be found here.
I had the pleasure of hearing Nancy Rhyne speak many years ago in Pawleys Island and I’ve been a fan ever since. Over the years I’ve collected several Nancy Rhyne books and always find her delightful reading. Whether she’s writing for children or adults, her tales are fun and filled with history and the human drama of everyday life.
Two stories in this book have significant interest for
Myrtle Beach folks, Alice, the Ghost of the Hermitage and The Legend of the
Gray Man. The Hermitage, once the home of Dr. Allard Flagg, is located in Murrells
Inlet and was where the sad tale of a lost love and a dying girl took place.
The Gray Man first appeared to warn his love of an impending hurricane and has
often been seen on the beaches warning of hurricanes ever since.
If you enjoy reading folklore, ghost stories, or South Carolina history and legends, you’ll love reading these books by Nancy Rhyne.
More Tales of the South Carolina Low Country
by Nancy Rhyne
Sandlapper Publishing, 1984, $9.95
This book and it's companion are available in area bookstores and through online booksellers like Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and BooksAMillion.com.
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