The Old Bring New Life To Bluffton, S.C.

Bluffton, S.C., in the lowlands of Beaufort county, doesn't look like much, but it has a rich history. The 15-foot-wide Secession Oak still stands where townsfolk met in 1844 to secede from the Union--years before South Carolina did. The Church of the Cross with its cypress timbers is still standing, even though Union troops torched the summer homes of planters on the nearby waterfront. The Bluffton Eagles semipro baseball team, many of them descendants of slaves and freedmen, still play their games on a makeshift diamond where shrimp nets serve as a backstop.

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