Originally, Tabby Shell Stucco was made as a concrete using lime sand and oyster shell. Its origin is not certain however it is likely that Sixteenth century Spanish explores first brought Tabby to the coast of what would become South Carolina and Georgia. The majority of Tabby structures were located on the southern Atlantic Coast primarily in St Augustine and Beaufort, South Carolina.
Today, Tabby Shell Stucco is not typically used as a structural part of the wall however, it is used as stucco. In essence, it is a layer of stucco adorned with thousands or even millions of shells or shell pieces. Though no kind of finish coat goes on top of it, there are sealers to keep its integral color and waterproof it. For more information see our “How to Create Tabby Shell Stucco” Section.