My first morning in South Carolina we drove slightly inland from the coast to Bluffton, a quaint southern town with a storied history and my first experience in "the South".
Lowcountry town with a bit of elevation and a sea breeze, Bluffton was settled in the early 19th century by plantation owners seeking refuge from insects and heat. This town has deep Confederate roots, literally - the "Secession Oak" was the site of an anti-federalist protest, 16 years before South Carolina became the first state to secede and during the Civil War, and 20 years before Union soldiers burnt the majority of the Confederate stronghold to the ground. Bluffton was slow to rebuild but with the growth of the fisheries along the coastline it became a commercial center by the 1880s with multiple oyster companies including Bluffton Oyster Co (founded in 1899 and still operational today). Today it is a tourism destination as it is a snapshot into the historical "southern" coastal town.