We are at Hampton Plantation near McClellanville, SC. This was the ancestral home of Archibald Hamilton Rutledge ( 1883-1973 ), a Poet Laureate of SC. Here President George Washington had been fed and to whom the large oak in front of the house is dedicated. General Francis Marion had used Hampton as a hiding place from the British during the Revolutionary war. Hampton inspired both Rutledge's writing and his way of living.
Rutledge was a naturalist as well as an accomplished and honored man of letters. "My formula," said Rutledge, " is to find a subject worth writing about and then to make it simple, and then to make it clear and then to make it reach the heart and then to make it beautiful." What a fine technique this would be to master.
Our thanks to Don Rutledge for his kind permission to place the Mustang on the grounds of his ancestral home at a point which is not normally open to automobiles.