Linda Brown is a true South Carolina gem! Not only does she send us beautiful photos of interesting places, but she includes historic details to accompany each picture. Her career as an editor and her interest in local history are evident in her submissions, which range from historic buildings in Williamsburg County to farms along the Grand Strand.
We are big fans of Linda’s work and always enjoy hearing from her, especially when she shares one of her splendid anecdotes, giving new life to old landmarks. But don’t take our word for it – go to the South Carolina Picture Project and enjoy Linda’s photos and stories for yourself!
A Little about Linda …
My Hometown: Kingstree
My Alma Mater: University of South Carolina
My Career: I’ve worked in county government, been a legal assistant and edited a weekly newspaper. I’ve edited two books: Remembering Kingstree: The Collected Writings of Bessie Swann Britton and Kingstree Tales of Long Ago: Further Writings of Bessie Swann Britton. I’ve also prepared a photo book, Kingstree Then and Now, for the Williamsburgh Historical Society, where I’ve served on the board.
Why I Love Being a Sandlapper …
Favorite SC Plant: Crape Myrtle
Favorite SC Animal: Marsh Tacky
Favorite SC Celebrity: Ernest Evans, better known as Chubby Checker
Favorite SC Smell: Magnolias blooming
Favorite Place in South Carolina: Anywhere near water – ocean, rivers, lakes, even a pond
Place(s) in South Carolina I Want to See Protected: Our blackwater rivers
Funniest or Most Interesting SC Landmark: The Yankee soldier on the Confederate Monument in Kingstree.
My SC Claim(s) to Fame: My great-great grandfather, John Brown, built the house that is an integral part of the Browntown Museum in Florence County. I was recognized by the SC House of Representatives in 2000 for winning three SC Press Association awards for In-Depth Reporting, Column Writing and Public Service.
Favorite Southern Foods: Boiled peanuts and pimento cheese (although not together)
Favorite Southern Saying: I do declare!
Favorites & Other Fun Stuff …
Favorite Book(s): To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; The Quaker Cafe by Brenda Bevan Remmes; The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Favorite Movie(s): The Shawshank Redemption; The Magic of Belle Isle; Letters to Juliet
Favorite TV Show(s): NCIS
Favorite Song(s): Summer of my Dreams by Kathy Mattea; Run for the Roses by Dan Fogelberg
Sound I Love: Early morning birdsong
Smell I Love: Sweet Breath of Spring in the middle of winter
Three Things That Make Me Happy: Traveling the backroads; Finally taking a photo of a scene I’ve been dreaming about for a long time; A good book, a rainy afternoon and a screened porch.
Guilty Pleasures: Spending hours reading old newspapers online; coloring
One Thing I Want To Do in My Life: Visit every town in South Carolina
One Thing I Believe: We should slow down and savor the beauty all around us.
If I Had a Time Machine, I would: Travel back to Snow’s Island in 1780-81 to find out what really happened with Francis Marion, the British officer and those sweet potatoes.
Favorite Quote: “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” (Abraham Joshua Heschel)
Linda’s Photos & Contact Info …
Contact Linda: You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.