Lowcountry Icons

The culture of the coast



Jeff Amberg

The Lowcountry’s distinct character is a convergence of geography, people and history. Today, the influences of Gullah culture, including remnants of a Creole-based language and culinary and craft traditions, such as sweetgrass basket weaving, are a vital part of the region’s heritage. The term “Lowcountry” originally referred to anything below the Fall Line, or the Sandhills, which run the width of the state from Aiken County to Chesterfield County. These Sandhills were the ancient seacoast, now rivers and waterways that make a slow crawl toward the Atlantic. 

Maybe it’s the stirring beauty of aged oaks draped in Spanish moss or endless marshes filled by nature’s beautiful birds, but without a doubt, the Lowcountry landscape has long inspired those who visit or live there.