History of Plantation Point
Waites Island, North Myrtle Beach


Reservations: 843-280-8887
6900 Little River Neck Rd
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

   

        The sound of surf kissing the sands of a private beach paradise. Majestic oaks still guarding the ghosts of soldiers who perished during the Civil War battle for Fort Randall.  Breathtaking views of salt marshes, southern forests with pine and dogwoods leading to calm, deep ribbons of water.

       Those are some of the sights, sounds, and adventures awaiting those who chose to enjoy a visit with Plantation Island Tours (the PIT).  Located at Tilghman’s Point in picturesque Little River Neck, the PIT is just a short drive from South Carolina’s Grand Strand beaches and the southern beaches of Brunswick County. The last few miles of drive over a dirt lane winding under a canopy of oaks, pine, maple, magnolia and other indigenous trees will whet your appetite for an experience like no other in the area. UTV (ultimate terrain vehicle) island tours, surf fishing, kayak tours, jet skiing, or eco tours are all available.  All tours are destination rides. 

       The PIT offers guests opportunities for enjoying beautiful Waities Island with your family and friends.  A personal guide will take you to the beach where you can enjoy surf fishing, picnicking on the strand or in the dunes, shell collecting, walking on the undisturbed beach or whatever relaxes you; no worry about overcrowding. Waities Island is 1,380 acres of privately owned and maintained “heaven on earth” for those who love the beach.  In the early 1800s William Waities began trading with the Siouan Indians that had used and inhabited the island for centuries.  Indian mounds have been found on the island that archaeologists have dated back to 600 A.D.   Come and enjoy views that few have seen or experienced. 

       Tours also include a trip into the past as you view the site of Fort Randall.  Fort Randall was not a walled structure like you see in Western movies, but a battery consisting  of an approximately 10’ broad x 5’ deep ditch with parapet and a blockhouse with openings  so that the defenders could  fire without being exposed. It was also armed with two 6-pounder cannons.  Its defenders were charged with protecting the coastal area from Union invasionand providing a safe haven for blockade runners that were bringing in needed provisions.

       Fort Randall was captured briefly in 1863 by a Yankee naval landing party, but the Boys in Grey launched a fierce counter attack and drove the invaders out. There are some who swear that the ghost of a Yankee soldier still walks the grounds hoping to find his way home with his retreating Blue Coats.  Until just the last few years a cannonball was lodged in one of the trees on the high bluff overlooking the inlet. Some accounts suggest the Point area was no stranger to war, having been part of the area where 9,000 Revolutionary War soldiers, including the legendary Swamp Fox, Francis Marion, camped during 1776.

       The Fort Randall site is only a part of a 10,000 acre plantation purchased by the Tilghman family in the 1920s.  It has long provided private residence for members of the Tilghman family, developers of Tilghman beach and numerous other businesses. The family has nearly 4,000 acres largely in its natural state. That commitment to preservation of this coastal eco-system is a boon to those who want to explore its beauty on one of the PIT’s eco-tours or glide quietly through its waters in a kayak.  Song birds fill the air with music in the forests and on the beach; native wild animals roam through the undeveloped bit of paradise.

       “In order to keep the Plantation as natural as possible for as long as possible, the number of excursions are limited daily.  So make your plans now to come share with us one of the “Best Kept Secrets” on the Grand Stand,” .