In this sequence, probably from the 1920s, several people take off in a bateau to search for clams in the marsh at low tide. The man preparing the boat may be Hobcaw Superintendent Jim Powell. Rowed into the marsh by a young boy, the boat soon runs aground and the passengers get out of the boat and dig for clams in the mud. The young woman in this sequence appears in several more of the home movies.
This home movie, most likely from the 1920s, begins with a group of people walking down the Hobcaw dock, led by Annie Baruch, in a black coat on the left. Belle Baruch follows her, with Bernard Baruch close behind. The others are unidentified, although the Old Relick can be seen in the background. The guests board the Baruch yacht, aided by African-American workers, and head across Winyah Bay to Georgetown. In the last sequence of the film some of them are getting on a train. The young woman from the clamming movie is seen at the train station.
In this clip we first see Annie Baruch emerging from a little shack on the beach. We can guess that this beach trip would have taken place sometime around the late 1920s to the early 1930s. Thanks to this unknown filmmaker, we see the group running around and having a good time together. As Annie, Belle and their guests enjoy the ocean breeze we get a glimpse into the shenanigans that the Hobcaw guests got into while visiting the Baruchs.
In this 1920s clip we see the Hobcaw guests enjoy a little pretend wedding ceremony on the beach. Renee Baruch is the “bride” getting married to an unknown bachelor. The “bridesmaid” in the striped socks carrying Renee’s train is Lois Massey, a family employee and friend. After what seems to be having a little too much to drink, the couple and their wedding guests enjoy a windy day on the beautiful beach at Hobcaw.
In this clip, probably from the 1920s, we see several Hobcaw guests learning how to shoot a gun. Hobcaw was very popular with hunters, so much so that eventually Belle would fly over the property daily to check for poachers. Guests of the Baruchs who might not have been familiar with guns would have been surrounded by experienced hunters. In the beginning of this clip we see Jim Powell teaching some of the guests how to shoot. Powell was the superintendent of Hobcaw for many years during the Baruch era. We can see that these guests benefitted from his expertise by taking tips on how to properly handle a gun.