Melissa Vanderhorst Interview
Harper, Zenobia (Interviewer)
Interview with Melissa Vanderhorst at her residence in Plantersville. Her parents were Ethel Lance and Henry Vanderhorst. Her paternal grandparents owned a candy shop in Plantersville in Annie Village, run by her grandfather, Henry Vanderhorst, who they called Mr. Kaya. Melissa worked in the candy store for a long time. Her grandfather also had pecan trees and sold watermelon. The store also sold other items, similar to a corner store. She recalls that her and her siblings would sneak to the water to play in the river, but they would be punished by the time they got back. She and her siblings attended Plantersville Elementary School and then Choppee High School. She recalls walking up to Choppee with six or seven other individuals, then they would catch a bus to Myrtle Beach while she was taking care of her mom in Plantersville. When asked about the future or development of Plantersville, Vandherhorst wants to see amenities like a laundromat as well as activities for young people.
Plantersville (S.C.)--History;Georgetown County (S.C.)--Economic conditions;Georgetown County (S.C.)--Race relations;Georgetown County (S.C.)--Social life and customs;African Americans--Education--South Carolina;Gullahs--South Carolina--Interviews;Gullahs--Plantersville (S.C.)--Interviews;Vanderhorst, Melissa;Plantersville (S.C.)
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Vanderhorst, Melissa and The Athenaeum Press, "Melissa Vanderhorst Interview" (2021). Plantersville Oral Histories, 2019-2021. 24.