South Carolina is blessed with a dazzling array of National Historic Register landmarks. Yet, as writer and photographer Bill Fitzpatrick found out when he attempted to visit a few such places, there is no easy way to find and then enjoy the state's historic assets. Sure, there is plenty of information on many different websites, but none is organized in such a way to allow a visitor, local tourist, or history buff to know "what's nearby," "how" to get there, and then "what it is" upon arrival.
In this innovative eBook, Bill has solved these problems, thus making it possible to travel with confidence, efficiency, and knowledge to any of the Upstate's terrific 400+ National Register Historic Landmarks.
The eBook contains not only a separate listing for each landmark, but also a one paragraph summary description of the site, as provided by the South Carolina's Department of Archives and History. In addition, Bill, an award winning photographer, provides a current image of the landmark, along with helpful notes.
The strength of the eBook, however, is in its powerful navigational tools.
When Bill visited each Historic Register landmark, he captured its accompanying GPS coordinates. He then compiled a master file that can be uploaded to a Garmin or Garmin-like device. Anyone traveling with the device will then know what Historic Register landmark is near and be one-touch away from accurate directions. Bill's eBook can then be consulted to see if it is a worthwhile journey, or not. Once there, the summary detail from the South Carolina Archives and History provides appropriate summary information.
In addition, Bill provides hyperlinks to additional helpful resources, allowing the traveler to say, check visiting hours at the Walnut Grove Plantation in Spartanburg, or purchase tickets for a performance at Newberry's famous Opera House.
For those who might have an iPad or iPad-like device with cell service enabled, Bill has included embedded hyperlinks to Google Maps for each Historic Register landmark. This link, when combined with the Google Maps app, allows for "one-touch" routing to any of the Upstate's landmark, without the need for a Garmin device.
South Carolina's Magnificent National Historic Register Landmarks: The Upstate, is the work of one person who was dedicated to making the Upstate's terrific history easily available, and he has.
On or before March 1st, 2013, "The Midlands," will be available on Amazon.
On or before April 1st, 2013, "The Coast" will also be available on Amazon.
We wish you safe and enjoyable travels among the magnificent Historic Register Landmarks of South Carolina.