alt="photo" />Bishopville was the center of a rich agricultural area famed for its yield of strawberries. Whaleyville is one of only five towns still bearing the name of its founder, Captain Peter Whaley, a ship owner, seagoing sailor and county leader. Girdletree was celebrated for its crop of cultivated oysters, and its name comes from the girdling of a beech tree when it was removed to build a home. Public Landing was an active shipping center for timber, shingles and farm produce. Stockton was a gathering point for cattle being herded north and also had a saw mill, gristmill, cannery and seafood businesses. Newark, surrounded by forest, was a thriving lumber and timber community.
Here are a few simple things to keep in mind before you hit the trail:
- Wear hiking shoes.
- Wear insect repellent in warm weather.
- Bring back all litter for disposal.
- Some trails have a brochure available for you to use. Ask at trail headquarters.
- Take your time, and look carefully - you may be surprised by what you see!