Stratton Lawrence

Travel Writer | Editor | Content Marketing Manager

Folly Beach, SC

Stratton Lawrence

Travel Writer | Editor | Content Marketing Manager


The world’s largest whimbrel roost

Lowcountry boaters and birders have long known that Deveaux Bank is special. The shifting 200-acre sandbar juts into the Atlantic from Botany Bay, just off the southernmost point of Seabrook Island. Half of South Carolina’s brown pelican population nests here, along with huge numbers of threatened terns, plovers, and egrets.
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Inside Charleston’s Outsized Theater Scene

Thrillist and Chase Sapphire® are working together to create “Tastes Worth Traveling For,” a content series pointing savvy urban explorers to the best places to eat, drink, and have a good time. And after you've taken in a show (or three) in Charleston, check out Sapphire On Location for inspiration on where to explore next.
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Cover Story: Charleston Summer Guide

Where to play, swim, eat and cool off this summer, from downtown to the beaches to the 'burbs
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Installing Gutters: How the Right Drainage System Saved a Seaside Cottage

When it rains on our home, the roof works like a raincoat and the gutters act as an umbrella. The roof and exterior walls keep water out, but installing gutters will make them even more efficient, by actively funneling water away from the house. Gutters are a simple yet powerful tool that a professional can quickly design and install to accommodate your home.
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The Charleston Challenge

A city’s health and vibrancy begin with its citizens. To kick off our 40th anniversary, we challenge you to rededicate yourself to our wonderful hometown. These 40 distinctly Charleston suggestions are only a beginning. Use them as a launching pad to enrich your life, and your city, this year! Why is John C.
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The Charleston Bucket List

Check out (and check off) our 65 Holy City must-dos
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Cutting the Catch: Catch Share Debate Ignites Fishing Community

In a sense, the ocean is the last wilderness on Earth, especially when you consider that most burgers, chicken wings, and ham sandwiches come from an animal raised within the claustrophobic confines of a factory farm. They weren't nobly brought down by an arrow in the forest. But that grouper fillet?
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A Sinking Ship: Patriots Point struggles to emerge from stormy seas

Allentown, Pa. Gainesville, Fla. Cincinnati, Ohio. Check the zip codes at the USS Yorktown's visitor logbook, and you'll find more out-of-state numbers than 294-anythings. Jim and Pat Sanders spent a recent Wednesday touring the ship, a focal point of their stop in Charleston during a motorcycle tour from their home in Temple, Texas.
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Tree Hugger

Don't try to tell Samantha Siegel that anything's a done deal. If she's against it, she'll fight tooth and nail until the last stone is laid. In July 2008, the then-26-year-old picked up the newspaper to read that a housing development had been all-but-finalized on the land surrounding the Angel Oak tree on Johns Island.
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The Dirty Truth: Clean Coal Still Pollutes

King Coal has been vindicated. After more than a century's reign of spewing out carbon, chopping down mountain-tops, and blackening lungs, the former despot has finally cleaned up his act. Or so he'd have you believe. Cough, cough.
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Alien Invasion: South Carolina's Other Immigration Problem

Most casual walkers on a stroll down a Lowcountry trail don't realize that in the calming shade of the vegetation around them, there's an ongoing war for survival between species native to Charleston and immigrants from abroad. These invaders arrive via bird droppings, through lawn ornamentals that naturalize, and in the ballast water of oceangoing tankers.
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The Dirt on Dirt

Dirt gives us life. But for all its contributions to human survival, it doesn't get much respect. The old rhyme may say "dirt don't hurt," but we certainly know how to put the hurt on dirt.
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Stratton Lawrence

Reporter | Editor | Content Marketing Pro

Current roles:

Managing Editor at Perficient Digital - hire and manage a team of editors and writers generating SEO-optimized web copy for corporate clients (Home Depot, Comcast,, eBay)

Active freelance writer for AFAR, Fodor's, Thrillist, Travel + Leisure

I'm the author of the books Images of America: Folly Beach and Fodor's InFocus Charleston, and co-author of Fodor's The Carolinas and Georgia and Fodor's The National Parks of the U.S.

Get in touch at or 843.452.7429



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