Books — Janet Garrity Photography
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Goin’ Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands

by Janet H. Garrity


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“Goin’ Down the River – Fish Camps of the Sea Islands” – is 128 pages that capture 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.


Goin’ Down the River is a book you’ll be proud to give and proud to own.


The book’s Foreword was authored by Beaufort, SC native Gibbes McDowell, who was Garrity’s guide through the winding creeks and rivers where fish camps are located. The Introduction outlines the history of “goin’ down the river,” beginning with Native Americans, to plantation owners, to post Civil War “marooning” on the outer islands, to the modern day escape to “the camp,” which has become a tradition for generations in the part of the world known as the Sea Islands. With the story of fish camps in your mind, the adventure begins through this first ever published book about fish camps.


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 environment in which they exist. The addition of moving quotes, humorous stories, and old photos enrich the experience of reading this beautiful book.

“Coming up, this was my world, these sunny windswept islands teetering on the edge of America and the ramshackle creek-bank fish camps, where boys learned how to be men, and men learned how to be boys all over again. Janet Garrity gets it and she gets it right. Better than right, she gets it perfect.”
  • Roger Pinckney, author of “Blue Roots,” “The Right Side of the River,” “Reefer Moon” and other popular novels
“This is a truly beautiful book about fish camps. Janet’s photos bring back vivid memories of my life-long love for ‘goin’ down the river.’ She has captured ‘the thing’ that puts a smile on the face of anyone who has ever known a camp, anywhere, and the feeling that one keeps in their heart to cherish forever.”
  • Nancy Ricker Rhett, owner of The Rhett Gallery in Beaufort, SC & nationally known fine artist
“Janet’s book is a collection of her excellent photographs, which illustrate some of the fine old fish camps located on many of the small barrier islands south of St. Helena sound. The images are attended by an interesting narrative which reveals as much as can be about the revels that went on within their walls.”
  • Ben McC. Moise, author of “Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden”
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