The name “Frogmore” originated from Frogmore Manor in England, which was a favorite country retreat of Queen Victoria. Her mother, Duchess of Kent, lived and died there in 1861. On its’ grounds is the mausoleum of the Duchess as well as the royal mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Albert, the Prince Consort.
The Frogmore Plantation on Saint Helena Island derived its’ name from Frogmore Manor. The Frogmore name on Saint Helena Island may have come about because of homesickness, or mention in William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, written nearly 400 years ago. In one of the references, the host of the Garter Inn urges his listeners: “Go you through the town to Frogmore…” It also may have been chosen by planter William J. Grayson who wrote a lengthy poem, “The Hireling and the Slave.” A recently published autobiography on William J. Grayson stated that he referred to his holdings simply as his St. Helena Plantation. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the plantation was owned by Thomas Aston Coffin, who also held title to Coffin Point Plantation on the eastern end of the island. In an 1868 deed, he stated, “It is my will that all my land on St. Helena be known as my Frogmore property, which I purchased from W. J. Grayson Esquire.”
An editorial in the Beaufort Gazette on April 29, 1987 stated, “Frogmore is a unique name, one steeped in history as well as a fond nickname…In Beaufort County, Frogmore is the name of a community…where Bryan Dorn began his march to governor of South Carolina.” The name is often used as a nickname for the fictitious international airport and the wonderful stew loved by natives, newcomers, and visitors alike.
You can visit the Beaufort County Airport by setting your GPS to KARW or by driving to 39 Airport Circle, Ladys Island, SC