At one time 250 people inhabited Crusoe's Island, located in the remote swamp area near Lake Waccamaw. The article documents the history of this area lost due partly to its size and challenging terrain.
Lake Waccamaw is the largest lake on the east coast between Maine and Florida. Located in Columbus County, the lake's name is derived from a Native American tribe that once inhabited its shores. Later, the lake attracted \"turpentiners\" and folk seeking to use the lake for recreational purposes.
Cited as the third largest lake in North Carolina and home to endemic species, Lake Wacccamaw’s unique qualities include theories for its origins. Beliefs about the Carolina Bays’ creation range from the handiwork of meteors to the swimming patterns of its fish. As for the community surrounding the lake, Whiteville residents are also defined by the author as endemic. They thrive on small town values, such as tending to the town’s history and resisting a transformation into a tourist site.