Waties Island – Horry County, South Carolina
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The island is named for William Waties, Jr., an Indian trader who discovered and claimed the land in 1735. There are several discrepancies regarding initial ownership, but the island was eventually acquired by Horace Tighlman in 1920.
The property remained in the Tighlman family until 1995, when Anne Tighlman Boyce donated over 1,000 acres to Coastal Carolina University. Waties Island is an integral part of the university’s Marine Science program and has become increasingly significant as an ecological research facility.
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