Goin' Down the River: Fish Camps of the Sea Islands

Janet Garrity

$ 39.95

Goin’ Down the River: Fish Camps of the Sea Islands captures the essence of a very old, generational tradition. The book, with 198 photos, stories and history, takes you on a journey to some of the most unique places in South Carolina. For anyone who has a kinship to the Lowcountry and the Sea Islands, Janet Garrity’s book is a treasure to own.

Garrity’s color and black and white photos capture the spirit of “goin’ down the river” and show the assorted shapes and characters of the camps and the environments in which they exist. The addition of moving quotes, humorous stories, and old photos enrich the experience of reading this beautiful book.


  • Original Photographs of South Carolina’s Fish Camps by Janet Garrity
  • History of Fish Camps beginning with Native Americans, to plantation owners, to post Civil War and into the modern day.
  • Firsthand Stories and Old Photos
  • Foreward by Beaufort, SC native Gibbes McDowell

Janet Garrity resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, where she found inspiration to create a book about the Sea Islands’ fish camps. Janet has been in love with photography since she picked up a box camera at age eight. After several instamatic cameras, while in college she bought her first 35mm camera, which she still shoots with often.

Before moving to the Lowcountry in 2008, Janet lived in Ithaca, New York, where she worked in marketing and sales for twenty-six years. She and her husband decided to “retire” to a warmer climate, somewhere with lots of water, so they set out to find their new home and found themselves in Beaufort, never looking back.

ISBN: 9781938417016
11.5 x 8.5 in.
128 pages | 198 photographs
Hardcover with Dust Jacket

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