Waties Island — Horry County, South Carolina
SC Picture Project | Horry County | Waties Island
The island is named for William Waties, Jr., an Indian trader who discovered and claimed the land in 1735. There are several discrepancies regarding initial ownership, but the island was eventually acquired by Horace Tighlman in 1920.
The property remained in the Tighlman family until 1995, when Anne Tighlman Boyce donated over 1,000 acres to Coastal Carolina University. Waties Island is an integral part of the university’s Marine Science program and has become increasingly significant as an ecological research facility.
Reflections on Waties Island
Contributor Meridith Grimsley says of her photo: “I have grown up going to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, and have spent many summers exploring the shores of Bird Island and had only seen Waties island from across Little River inlet. This time we decided to get as close as possible to the island (sans a boat), and this is how we ended up on the north end of Cherry Grove Beach. It was at dead low tide, and a thunderstorm was rolling in over the tops of the trees.”
Waties Island Info
Address: Off SC Highway 236, Near Little River, SC 29582
GPS Coordinates: 33.848784,-78.574734