South Carolina Lowcountry

South Carolina Lowcountry

South Carolina Lowcountry

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The Lowcountry (official spelling, sometimes spelled Low Country or just lowcountry) is a geographic and cultural region located along South Carolina's coast. The region includes the South Carolina Sea Islands. Once a location that was known for its agricultural wealth, the Lowcountry today is internationally (really?) renowned for its historic cities and communities, its natural beauty, and its unique cultural heritage, which have attracted millions of visitors and thousands of new residents.

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The Lowcountry is often thought of as a geographic and social identifier. While there is a general consensus on defining Lowcountry as it relates to culture, there is a considerable difference of opinion on its geographic extent. According to some historians, the Lowcountry extends from the Sandhills of South Carolina, just east of Columbia, to the coast. This area is mostly near or below sea level; thus the term "low country". Contemporary definitions however differentiate depending on perspective:

Always included

The most commonly accepted counties of the Lowcountry are Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. Supporters of this definition point to the Lowcountry Council of Governments (a regional governmental entity charged with regional and transportation planning) as covering these four counties. In addition, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism identifies the "Lowcountry and Resort Islands" tourism...
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