Spotlight on Larry Swails from SIPOA Staff

Institutional memory can be an important factor in tying a community together for a common purpose. Here on Seabrook, we have someone working for us who is practically a one-man show when it comes to that – Larry Swails. Larry first began working here in 1982 and, after a few breaks, started working here permanently in 1999. And that is a small slice of his very interesting life.

Larry, who works in general maintenance under Steve Hirsch and acquired his Associate Degree in Horticulture from Trident Tech, is a born and bred South Carolinian but has traveled the world. His sister, who now works in Florida training missionaries, was in China for some time and Larry had the opportunity to visit her and traveled all over East Asia. Larry also spent time working on dredge boats in the harbor and on towing ships that took him not only up and down the East Coast of the US but down through the Caribbean and into South America. He lived for a time in what is now known as “the old Stringfellow house” and has worked under several Seabrook administrations dating back before there was a SIPOA.

Many of you have seen Larry (pictured here holding a photograph of the early development of Seabrook) working at almost anything here on the grounds and never realized that you were looking at a living history book of Seabrook Island. We are very fortunate to have someone so knowledgeable among us.

-Rich Siegel, Tidelines Writer