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Inside the Yawkey Wildlife Center

Source: Michael Walter WMBF News Source: Michael Walter WMBF News

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) – The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center is a preservation located in Georgetown that spans over 20,000 acres of prime, oceanfront, untouched land that provides forests, wetlands and tons of history to the residents of South Carolina.

“They say nobody is from here, everyone came here, and Tom Yawkey is a prime example of that. He made this place his home, and now years after he passed away, he’s still looking over it,” Longtime Department of Natural Resources biologist Jim Lee said.

Tom Yawkey, best known for owning the Boston Red Sox, took great pride in his conservation and preservation efforts. He not only left his inherited land to the state, he left explicit instructions of how this hidden gem was to be cared for: Nature before people! 

No development… no general recreation… just preservation and conservation.

Lee spends the majority of his time taking visitors on tours of the land where they can see old civil war forts, structures lost in time, and even the first landing point of revolutionary war hero Marquis de Lafayette.

“I think we’re about one generation away from people losing interest, entirely, in what’s going on in the outdoor world, Lee expressed.

Yawkey understood that the world was changing and like Lee, worried people would see less value in what’s right out their front door.

“They recognized the value of these places. Not only the value of these places, but the value of sharing these places with others.  Not just for their own well-being, but kind of the well-being of society as a whole. It’s kind of amazing,” Lee explained.

One of the places that was most special to Yawkey was a hidden fishing spot where you will find Stachys Caroliniana, a rare plant species that can only be found in South Carolina. Beyond the fishing spot is a baseball field where locals played, including baseball legend Ty Cobb, who Yawkey considered like family.

“It’s not a golf course, there are no condominiums, you can see the different wildlife, and you can hear the history, you are exposed to it. It’s very valuable,” Lee conveyed.

If you ever find yourself in the Georgetown area and want to take an outside adventure, visit the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center and relish what he saw as the most simple and enjoyable part of life. 

It is located at 1 Yawkey Way S, Georgetown, SC 29440 and is available only by guided tour. Please call (843) 546-6814 for Reservations..

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