Nov 15 2014

Get Ready to Shuck

Get ready to shuck.

This weekend visitors and locals alike are encouraged to come out for the Edisto Island Open Land Trust’s annual oyster roast and meeting.

Each year, the EIOLT hosts this event to raise funds for the nonprofit organization dedicating to preserving the island’s history and natural beauty.

The event is open to members and non-members of the EIOLT. It features all-you-can-eat oysters and a buffet of some of the best southern soul food prepared by Jamie Westendroff and the Charleston Oyster Machine. Beer and wine is included.

In addition to food and drinks, Edisto Gumbo will perform throughout the event.

What’s particularly interesting about this year’s oyster roast and meeting is that it takes place at Middleton Plantation. Built in 1815, Middleton used to be a part of an 800 acre working plantation that grew Sea Island cotton. This plantation is one of the island’s oldest homes and was recently protected through the EIOLT. It is also listed on the Register of National Historic Places.

The plantation sits on a little more than nine acres and offers views of Edisto’s winding creeks and marshland. In fact, if you’ve ever taken a boat ride up and down Store Creek, you would have seen the home and outbuildings from the water.

The fact that it has been preserved all these years shows how important the work of the EIOLT is as it offers a window into the island’s history.

If you want to come out for this event and take a look at historic Middleton, eat some local oysters, and have a great time, purchase tickets online or call 843-869-9004. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for non-members. Children ages 6-12 can enter for $10.

The event is from 2-5 p.m. this Sunday. Middleton Plantation is located at 8488 Middleton Point Lane. Visit Edisto.org for more information about the event, EILOT, and to purchase tickets.

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