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July 1, 2014 4:01 PM

Wild adventures: Paddling the remote lower Santee River

Archibald Rutledge, poet laureate of South Carolina, described the river that flowed lazily past his door at Hampton Plantation as "the lonely delta of the Santee." When he returned to his family home of Hampton Plantation in 1934 after a 40-year absence, he began the work to restore the then-200-year-old mansion and reclaim it from the wilderness.

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