In 1718 the Lords Proprietors granted12,000 acres on Hobcaw Point, the southern portion of Waccamaw Neck, to John, Lord Carteret. The barony wassubdivided beginning in 1766, creatingseveral large rice plantations whichflourished until the Civil War. In 1905-07 Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965), Camden native and Wall Street financier, aquired these tracts for awinter retreat.
Bernard Baruch was an advisor topresidents from Woodrow Wilson toHarry S. Truman. Belle Baruch (1900-1965), the oldest of his three children,was a sailor, pilot, and equestrian whoshared her father's passion for the outdoors. She bought the propertyfrom him and created a trust devotedto research and education in forestry,wildlife, and marine biology by S.C.universities.