About the Author







A lifelong resident of the Carolina Lowcountry, William P. Baldwin is an award-winning novelist, biographer and historian. He graduated from Clemson with a BA in History and an MA in English.  He ran a shrimp boat for nine years then built houses, but the principle occupation of his life has been writing.

his works include Plantations of the Low CountryLow Country Plantations Today (both with architectural photographer N. Jane Iseley); and the oral histories Mrs. Whaley and her Charleston Garden and Heaven is a Beautiful Place. The screen play for the latter earned him a Silver Remy at this year’s Houston Film Festival.

For its depiction of Southern race relations, his novel The Hard to Catch Mercy won the Lillian Smith Award for fiction. Most recently he collaborated with photographer V. Elizabeth Turk on Mantelpieces of the Old South and supplied the text for chef Charlotte Jenkin’s Gullah Cuisine: By Land and by Sea. 

About the Photographer

Selden B. Hill is a photographer, pen and ink artist, historian, and the founding director of The Village Museum at McClellanville, S.C. In earlier years, he worked as a type setter and layout artist, played a lot of pool, and sold a lot of furniture, and in the opinion of his friends each occupation, in its own way, has helped to make him a better photographer. As museum director, he’s offered encouragement and employment to both photographers and writers and curated many photography shows. Along with Susan Hoffer McMillan he is the author of the photography collection McClellanville and the St. James Santee Parish published in 2006. He still spends his free time exploring the less traveled paths of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Nothing gives him greater pleasure than stumbling upon the perfect photographic subject: a derelict tobacco barn framed by live oaks, with white puffy clouds overhead, and dark streaming shadows in the foreground. 

Songs of The Unpainted South CD

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The Unpainted South BOOK + Songs of The Unpainted South CD

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The Unpainted South

 The Unpainted South: Carolina’s Vanishing World features the photographs of Selden B. Hill and the songs and poems of William P. Baldwin, both of McClellanville, S.C

This book of poetry, songs and photographs is a tribute to the faded glory of South Carolina’s rural past. It features haunting images of abandoned farmhouses, leaning tobacco barns, and boarded up redbrick towns of another era in Lowcountry South Carolina. Combined with powerful verse, these images inspire an appreciation for the often-overlooked region that is withering away. 

Songs and poems by William P. Baldwin                                                                             Photographs by Selden B. Hill

ISBN: 978-0-98-34457-1-5

Price:$28.95 (plus $5.00 shipping/handling)