In 1973, Horace Crosby, Sr. purchased the property at 2223 Folly Road with the dream of having a quiet place to dock his boat, catch and sell live shrimp to sell to local fisherman and perhaps a little bit of tackle. Having been in the taxi cab business, (he and his brother started the Yellow Cab franchise in Charleston in 1963) he longed to be on the water. Fishing was his favorite past time.
With an existing dock in place, Captain Horace built a modest building and outfitted it with rod and reels for rent, some coolers for cold beverages and small rack of snacks for those fishing, and a cigar box as a cash register.
The business continued to grow, and the seafood counters got larger and larger. Ice Machines were added, rooms filled with styro-foam coolers were assembled, and Crosby’s because one of the most desirable places for fisherman and beach goers to stop and fill their coolers with both libations and ice.
In 1988, Captain Horace and his brother parted ways and with that came a new name; Crosby’s Fish and Shrimp. On November 9th, Captain Horace retired and sold the business to his two youngest twin daughters, Ellie Crosby Berry and Joanie Crosby Cooksey. Sadly a week later, on November 16th, 1988 on his 62nd birthday, he suffered a massive heart attack and died.
In 1989, Hurricane Hugo took down most of the original building, but the docks withstood the storm. Family members helped for weeks to clean up the debris. Tractor trailers of ice arrived from Louisiana. Generators arrived from California. Friends from all of the country reached out to help the family.