Even Michelle Jewell is surprised that she fell in love with the marshlands that back up to her home in Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. The island, a 10-by-6-mile haven just south of Charleston, is quieter than its neighbors, Johns and Kiawah islands; covered in marshes, woods, and live oaks; and has long been a locals-only sort of place, with little development.
Jewell, who grew up on a farm in upstate South Carolina, and her husband, Ryan Amick, have been in the Charleston area for 15 years. Over time, they inched away from the city center—moving first to James Island, and now Wadmalaw—in search of a more peaceful location to live.
“I’m very used to quiet, open spaces and space to garden,” Jewell says. “I really wanted to get out in the country again.”
(photographed for Curbed; words by Samantha Weiss Hills)