Atalaya & Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on February 8, 2016

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

On our way from Myrtle Beach to Charleston, back in December, I saw a sign for “wildlife viewing area” and immediately turned off of the road. It turns out that we had arrived at Huntington Beach State Park!

Our first stop was Atalaya:

Atalaya Castle, also known as Atalaya, was the winter home of industrialist and philanthropist Archer M. Huntington and his wife, the sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, located in Huntington Beach State Park near the Atlantic coast in Murrells Inlet, Georgetown County, South Carolina.

After walking the exterior and enjoying all of the original ironwork, we paid a mere $2 for entry into the house.

There was no lack of opportunities for dramatic lighting.

This is the interior studio space of Anna Hyatt Huntington – it was her tuberculosis that led to her husband, Archer Milton Huntington, building this home in the south to avoid the cold winters in New York.

This tower contained a large water tank, stored high to provide pressure to deliver water throughout the home.

Apologies for the darkness on one side of this panorama of the interior courtyard. This reminded me of the courtyards at The Cloisters – my dream home would have some sort of outdoor space “inside” the house!

Here is another – the base of the tower in the center of the walkway that splits the courtyard in two is in the center.

On our way out of the park, we also stopped at the park’s manmade marsh.

The full set of photos from Atalaya can be seen here, and the full set of images from the marsh can be seen here.

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