Long ago, Edisto Breach was known as McConkey’s Beach and the “main
drag” now named Palmetto Boulevard was called McConkey’s Boulevard.
Canadian family, the McConkey’s, moved to Edisto Island in the late
1800’s, and bought a plantation originally named Locksley Hall
encompassed approximately 2000 acres including the present-day Edisto
Beach State Park, as well as all of the land which is now Edisto Beach.
The plantation soon became known simply as the McConkey Place.
history of this plantation was already a sad one. William Edings had
built the mansion in the early 1800s, a three-story Federal style stucco
home designed as a “single house”, which architecturally mean the floor
plan is one room deep.
The Edings family experience so many
personal disastrous events in an around the home that the place become
known as “the house tragedy”. Edings’ first wife died in childbirth and
is buried at the foot of the veranda stairs. The son she bore committed
suicide; an adopted son accidentally killed his nanny and then himself;
two young daughters died of diphtheria within a single week AND ALL OF
THIS OCCURRED BEFORE THE MCCONKEY’S LIVED THERE!
After the Civil War
the Edings family never returned to Locksley Hall and the plantation was
taken over by a “carpetbagger” named Wright, who had his workers
destroy the gravesites of four generation of the Edings family buried on
the plantation grounds.
The tragedies continued with the
McConkeys. James McConkey died under “mysterious circumstances” in 1892.
Erina McConkey, according to legend, committed suicide in 1915. His
murder was never solved, although many Edistonians from previous
generations have offered their opinions, and it is commonly believed the
killer is known but was never prosecuted.
The place was then
owned by another family and ultimately brought by Navy Admiral Murphy
and remains in that family to this day. Even though ever self-respecting
family on this island embraces its own residential ghosts, the present
owner of the plantation, (now known as Seaside) reports no “unusual”