"Carolina bays are elliptic, directionally aligned basins of disputed origin that occur on the Atlantic Coastal Plain from the Delmarva Peninsula to southern Georgia. In southeastern North Carolina, several large, natural, lacustrine systems (i.e., Carolina bay lakes) exist within the geomorphological features known as Carolina bays. Within the current distribution of Carolina bays, Bladen and Columbus counties (North Carolina) contain the only known examples of Carolina bay lakes. The Carolina bay lakes can be split into two major divisions, the “Bladen Lakes Group” which is characterized as being relatively unproductive (dystrophic – oligotrophic), and Lake Waccamaw, which stands alone in
Columbus County and is known for its high productivity and species richness. Although there have been several studies conducted on these unique lentic systems, none have
documented the flora comprehensively."
From: Guide to the littoral zone vascular flora of Carolina
bay lakes (U.S.A.) Nathan Howell , Alexander Krings , Richard R Braham
Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7964 (05 Apr 2016)
Richard LeBlond and A.J. Bullard identify grasses.
Sandy White, Secretary of the Sampson County Historical Society, sent a note to say one of her ancestor's bought Pondberry Bay in 1829 from Governor Holmes for $500. She recommends "Frederick Law Olmsted's Journey in the Seaboard Slave States written when he was journalist for the New York Daily Times in 1855. Incredibly detailed books on the flora and fauna of the South in 2 volumes. Read the original, unedited version, but be prepared to be shocked at his description of the people and in awe of the long leaf pine. You will be reading the truth as he saw it. " She further states that "Had Olmsted remained on the stagecoach, he would have stopped there [at Pondberry] on his way to Wilmington. Instead, he took the boat in Fayetteville."
We echo her caution to remember the time in which the book was written.