Unknown stories of Bluffton
Uncovering A historic small town’s lesser-known past.
Stories by Barry Kaufman
As a town, Bluffton can be somewhat hard to pigeonhole. For years, the narrative was that it was a sleepy little artists’ enclave, blessed with adjectives like “funky” and “quirky.” The fact that the town’s former newspaper was called the “Bluffton Eccentric” certainly bears that out.
But Bluffton has evolved beyond that quaint idiosyncrasy to encompass so many things – it is a town of rich history, of a refined sense of Southern grandeur coexisting with a rustic blue-collar ethic. In short, it is a complex living town. And any town of such complexity is going to have more than its share of secret stories.
(Click on the stories below to read more)
Rosie: How Bluffton reshaped child-labor laws
Burnt Church Road: The Mystery Revealed
The spy who (possibly) named the May River
Myths & Misconceptions
General Sherman didn’t burn Bluffton
The Rate wasn’t built for virtue