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<CENTER>"Yankees Only Visit the South, <br>Damned Yankees Come and Stay": <br> South Carolina's "Second Yankee Invasion," 1890-1935</CENTER>

 

Imagine a Southern plantation - what do you see?

Perhaps you envision beautiful ladies wearing hoop skirts, chivalrous men reaching for dueling pistols, or melancholy slaves toiling in rice or cotton fields. If so, you have forgotten an important part of the story – wealthy Northern sportsmen.

 

Lured by the romantic image of the Old South and the promise of excellent hunting, newly-rich Northerners began purchasing former plantations as winter homes. Locals, unsure about the changes these newcomers would bring, described this movement as the “Second Yankee Invasion.”

These “Invaders” remain controversial in the communities they affected. Were they early preservationists, or simply “Damned Yankees”?

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