Seahawk’s Sanctuary Q&A: Is Grant’s plantation a real place?

I’m getting a few of these type of questions about Seahawk’s Sanctuary. — Are any of the colonial Charleston buildings or Grant’s plantation house actual places?  And, are any of the events, my memories?   So I thought that I would dedicate a post to answering these questions.  Please post questions and/or comments about the novel here and I will answer them as soon as possible.  It is my hope that this will turn out to be a very informative and fun post, so y’all, please participate!

First of all, Grant’s plantation home of Bent Oaks.  Yes, it is a real colonial home that dates back to the 1740s.  It was the home of one on the signers of the Declaration of Independence – Thomas Lynch Jr.   It is located south of Georgetown, SC  on the North Santee River.  It is… (drum roll please)  Hopsewee Plantation.

Hopsewee is open to the public and tours of the house and grounds are available.  In  the novel, I  moved its location  to north of Georgetown, near what is currently Brookgreen Gardens which is located on the Waccamaw River to take advantage of the Murrells Inlet marsh area.

Next — The marsh scene, where Grant and Victoria are harvesting oysters, rings as if it is a memory… Is it?


  1. Posted October 22, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to go visit this… Love that you used real deals – makes the book come alive!

  2. LynneMarie
    Posted October 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Ahh Shari… one of my favorite people. Maybe we can meet for Tea there one day. I’ve met the woman who does all the cooking, she is Sarah Lee Washington! How can you go wrong with a name like that?!