Between The Waters


History of Between the Waters - Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Humanities South Carolina, Between the Waters is a production of South Carolina ETV. The first project about Hobcaw Barony produced by SCETV was a television documentary entitled The Baruchs of Hobcaw, which was broadcast in 2012. This hour-long program left the producers with the desire to find a way to explore the complex story of Hobcaw Barony more deeply and interactively. Intrigued by the idea of applying immersive transmedia techniques and formats to history, they began development of a prototype of Between the Waters. The prototype, also funded by NEH and Humanities SC, was completed in 2014, leading to the current, fully implemented web documentary and the project blog, Making History Together


Hobcaw – A Native American word meaning “Between the Waters" Hobcaw Barony is located about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach on the Waccamaw Neck, a peninsula formed by the Waccamaw River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is 16,000 acres of undeveloped land that is a crossroads representing every era of human history in South Carolina. Hobcaw contains evidence of Native American activity dating to the Late Archaic Period, and was among the original land grants given by King Charles II to eight English noblemen, the Lords Proprietors, in 1663. It was divided into eleven rice plantations, becoming part of South Carolina’s Rice Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries. The skills and labor of enslaved Africans produced millions of pounds of rice and made the rice planters very wealthy. After Emancipation rice cultivation began a slow decline and by the beginning of the 20th century it had nearly disappeared from the region.

In 1905 wealthy financier Bernard Baruch began buying the old rice plantations as a winter hunting retreat and by 1907 he had reassembled the original Hobcaw Barony. At that time Hobcaw was home to more than 100 descendants of slaves living in conditions little changed since before the Civil War. During the Baruch era, when Hobcaw became a haven for world leaders including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, as well as writers, businessmen, journalists, artists and movie stars, the longtime occupants of Hobcaw, black and white, provided vital services as guides, caretakers and servants. In the 1930s Belle Baruch, Bernard’s oldest daughter, bought the property from her father, and at her death she founded the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, securing Hobcaw for education and research and saving it from commercial development.


South Carolina ETV - Producing Station. South Carolina ETV has a strong history of bringing quality programming to national public television and radio. From critically-acclaimed series such as Firing Line and Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland to countless award-winning arts, performance, documentary and international specials, SCETV is dedicated to producing and presenting fresh, innovative public media programming for national and international audiences. SCETV is the South Carolina public educational broadcasting network. More information is available at


Amy Shumaker - Executive Producer. Amy is the executive producer for South Carolina ETV national television, including a variety of series, documentaries and specials such as A Chef’s Life, America After Charleston, Reel South, 180 Days: Hartsville, The Education of Harvey Gantt, Expeditions with Patrick McMillan and Live from the Charleston Music Hall. She is the executive producer of Between the Waters. As the U.S National Coordinator for the International Public Television Conference (INPUT), she oversees the national selection of programs and maintains diplomatic relations with national coordinators from other countries. As the executive producer of content for local productions, she launched the award-winning documentary series Carolina Storiesand curated SCETV’s weekly independent film series Southern Lens. Prior to that, she served in various roles as a station producer, scriptwriter and multimedia producer. Amy is an alumna of the prestigious CPB/PBS Producers Academy and has garnered regional and national awards including a Peabody, multiple Southeast Emmys, a Gracie Award, Cine Golden Eagles, and SC Broadcasters Association Star Awards.


Betsy Newman - Project Director, Producer, Writer and Editor. A South Carolina native, Betsy worked as an independent producer and video artist in New York City for two decades. Her first documentary, Rebel Hearts: The Grimke Sisters of South Carolina, funded by NEH and distributed by Women Make Movies, is in the collections of dozens of libraries and universities.  She returned to her home state in 2001 to join SCETV’s Creative Services Department as a content producer for the educational web portal Her web projects have been funded by NEA, NSF and the National Parks Service, and her interactive website on the arts, Artopia, received a Webby Award in 2006. She has produced more than a dozen television documentaries on the history and culture of South Carolina, and has been awarded a CINE Golden Eagle, a Gracie Award and has been nominated for two Emmys. Her most recent documentary, The Education of Harvey Gantt, has been broadcast nationally, and was screened at the March on Washington Film Festival in July, 2016. Betsy is a 2016 recipient of the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities.


Patrick Hayes - Producer, Videographer, Graphic Designer, Writer and Editor. Patrick is a multimedia producer/director with over 15 years of experience in developing interactive content and video programming for web and television. As part of SCETV’s pioneering web team, he produced virtual tours and exhibits with an emphasis on environmental and humanities topics. Early sites such as and A Natural State have been visited by millions of viewers and continue to draw audiences from around the world, and his Web of Water project won a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Education Innovation Award. He is currently developing immersive media that combines documentary film, oral history, digital storytelling, geolocative tours and interactive 360° video. His recent documentary feature, Reconstructing Hawthorne, debuts at the Arkhaois Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival in the fall of 2016.


Kelly Hogan Kinard - Public Humanities Scholar. Kelly contributed to content development and the maintenance and strategic plan of the social media and blog for Between the Waters. She is a public historian with experience in Lowcountry museums and archives, including the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in Charleston, South Carolina. Kelly received her MA in History from the joint program at the Graduate School at the College of Charleston and the Citadel. Her master’s thesis examines the tattoo as a means of public and private rebellion when decorating the bodies of upper and lower class women in Victorian America and Britain.


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