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Books about Lake Murray and South Carolina


For folks who would like to read more about the area, we collected the names of some books about the history and natural environment of Lake Murray and South Caronlina as well as a couple of novels about the region.



Fiction Set in the Lake Murray Area
Gold's Fool - A Lake Murray Tale
By Paul Mendelsohn

The year is 1929. Two boys find a huge gold nugget while working on the world's biggest earthen dam. Charlie is killed when the tunnel they are digging caves in. Emerson survives and keeps their discovery a secret.  Seventy-three years later a greedy and ambitious businessman hears the legend of Lake Murray's gold and begins his campaign to become rich.  Two hurricanes and a ghost upset his plans. Monsoon rains fill up the lake and threaten to breach the weakened dam. Will the courage of a young boy and his great-grandfather's spirit be enough to save a city from Gold's fool?
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With Forked Tongue
By Susannah Wilds

"With Forked Tongue is the story of a modern day woman struggling with a crisis of faith, who becomes deeply involved with an old, local legend of heresy and murder. The legend was very loosely based on the Weberite Heresy. In 1761, a fanatic group of Dutch Fork residents seemed to go berserk and put to death a few of their neighbors in what has been called South Carolina's only execution of accused witches. I wanted to set out my own theories about how such a thing could happen, but I also wanted to write about faith in general and how we can learn from history without hanging onto old injustices forever. I wanted to make the lake more than just the setting for the book; I wanted to make it one of the characters. There's a beauty here that rivals the Lowcountry and a serenity like no where else. "
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The March: A Novel
By E.L. Doctorow

As the Civil War was moving toward its inevitable conclusion, General William Tecumseh Sherman marched 60,000 Union troops through Georgia and the Carolinas, leaving a 60-mile-wide trail of death, destruction, looting, thievery and chaos. In The March, E.L. Doctorow has put his unique stamp on these events by staying close to historical fact, naming real people and places and then imagining the rest, as he did in Ragtime.
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Lake Murray Area History and Culture
South Carolina Postcards: Lexington County and Lake Murray
By Howard Woody

Part of the postcard history series, this book provides a history of the Lake Murray area through photographs.
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The South Carolina Encyclopedia
Walter B. Edgar (Editor)

The South Carolina Encyclopedia is a comprehensive single-volume reference for just about anything anyone would want to know about the Palmetto State’s rich cultures and storied heritage, from prehistory to the present day. The encyclopedia is the result of a six-year collaboration between the Humanities Council SC, the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina Press. Under the editorial direction of distinguished historian Walter Edgar, 598 contributors have come together to write more than one million words depicting the people, places, and things that define South Carolina.
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South Carolina: A History
By Walter Edgar

Since the first landing in St. Helena Parish, through the Colonial period and the Civil War era to the flag controversy in the late 1990's, South Carolinians have been different, in almost every way, then the rest of the country. While NC's motto may be 'first in flight', South Carolina's could very well be 'first to fight'. Their instigation of the Revolutionary war and the Civil war, not to mention dozens of other controversial actions on the part of some of our ancestral fire-eaters make this book not just a history every SC-olian should read but one that every American should read as well. Like it or not, SC has played an extremely vital role in the path our country has taken and the culture we have developed. This book attempts to cover this role.
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Lake Murray Monster
The Lake Murray Monster
By E.Z. Langston

Every now and then, South Carolina has a sighting of some kind of water monster that inhabits Lake Murray. The monster first 'surfaced' in 1933 when residents of Irmo and Ballentine saw a cousin of the Loch Ness Monster. Sightings have continued almost every year since then.
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Lake Murray Outdoor Activities
Birds of the Carolinas, 2nd Ed.
By Eloise F. Potter

The most comprehensive reference for Carolina bird watchers is now updated to include 60 new species recorded in the Carolinas since the publication of the first edition in 1980, bringing the new total to more than 460 individual species. Previous entries have been updated to reflect the current status of species and major changes in taxonomy and the naming of species.
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South Carolina Bird Watching
The most comprehensive reference for Carolina bird watchers is now updated to include 60 new species recorded in the Carolinas since the publication of the first edition in 1980, bringing the new total to more than 460 individual species. Previous entries have been updated to reflect the current status of species and major changes in taxonomy and the naming of species. Buy from Amazon



Fishing Hotspots Map of Lake Murray
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