One of my favorite things about traveling abroad is the history. Everywhere you go there is history all around you. Everything from the architecture to the roadways seem to have a story to tell. Most people think this isn’t the case in the United States, but most people are wrong. This country has a rich history and a million stories to tell, we just have to be a little more open to listening. Our history markers may not be as obvious as what you see in Europe, but they’re here.
One of the best ways to explore historical roots is to book an organized tour of some kind, and Myrtle Beach horseback rides are a great way to take a historic tour of South Carolina. Lucky for you, Inlet Point Plantation offers a fantastic historic ride that history buffs and novices alike are sure to enjoy.
Our plantation has played host to some pretty amazing historical figures and events. We’ve already told you about the days when Inlet Point was home to a confederate fort. We’ve discussed one of our most exciting past residents, Billy the Kid. Now we’re going to take a look at another fascinating ex-resident—maybe squatter or visitor would be a more appropriate term—of Inlet Point Plantation. Now, I will be honest, I am only going on rumors with this one; but when it’s rumored that Blackbeard himself once used your island as a safe haven, you go with it…
The history of legendary English pirate, Blackbeard is as mysterious as it is famed. It is commonly believed that Blackbeard was Edward Teach, probably born in Bristol, England and probably a sailor on privateer ships in his earlier years. With the knowledge he gained as a privateer, Teach left those days behind, stole a ship to use as his own and became the most notorious pirate to go down in history; or so the legend goes.
Although some believe that the tales of Blackbeard have been romanticized for effect, historians are as certain as they can be that this particular pirate did exist. And while he may not have been as ruthless and rowdy as the tales will have you believe, he was almost certainly a prominent pirate who successfully captured and looted numerous merchant ships in the 1700s.
As you read the many tales, historical accounts and biographical reports out there one thing becomes clear, Blackbeard’s hubris was the beginning of the end for him. Blackbeard was finally brought down when he decided to host a wild pirate get-together that lasted days. After a daylong ship chase, Blackbeard was finally killed by Lieutenant Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy, leaving behind a much mused about treasure that has yet to be found.
It is universally agreed upon that Blackbeard’s main pirating grounds were along the East Coast of the US and his home base was most likely in one of the Carolinas; and this brings us to the Inlet Point Plantation. It’s rumored that sometime in the midst of all these hijinks, maybe even multiple times, Blackbeard sought refuge on our little island. Now, I know what you’re thinking—well at least it’s what I’ve thought—could Blackbeard have buried his infamous lost treasure at Inlet Point? Well, we’ve searched the property ten times over and have yet to find Blackbeard’s treasure. So if he did burry it on our island, he hid it very, very well.