Firewood Cures the Winter-Time Blues

January 12, 2018

The Lowcountry of South Carolina has recently witnessed many days of record cold temperatures, and we even had a serious dusting of snow that lasted for several days. On icy, gloomy winter days such as these, you’ll find most folks huddled indoo...

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The New “New Year” of 1752

January 5, 2018

The first day of January marks the beginning of a new calendar year in Charleston, as it does in most other places in the world, but this holiday did not exist in the early days of our community, or anywhere in the colonies that became the United ...

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The history of Emancipation Day in Charleston

December 29, 2017

Most everyone in these United States recognizes the first day of January as New Year’s Day, but that’s not the only holiday being celebrated in our community on this date. Since 1866, the people of Charleston have celebrated the first of Janua...

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Charleston’s Victory Day, Part 2

December 21, 2017

In our last episode, we talked about the events of the American Revolution leading up to this evacuation, in an effort to understand the context of this big event and its significance. Let’s pick up the story in early December 1782, when the end...

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Charleston’s Victory Day, Part 1

December 14, 2017

The 14th of December is an important date in the calendar of Charleston history that deserves to be remembered and celebrated. On this day in 1782, the last of the British forces that had occupied this city for more than two-and-a-half years made ...

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The Story of Susan’s Library

December 7, 2017

The Charleston County Public Library system has officially existed for just about eighty-seven years, but this week we’re celebrating the 90th anniversary of our oldest branch. In the autumn of 1927, Susan Dart Butler opened a free library in a ...

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Carolina’s Bajan Roots, Part 2

December 1, 2017

Let’s continue our conversation about the connections between South Carolina and the Caribbean Island of Barbados with a bit of review to refresh your memory. At the turn of the seventeenth century, England was very keen to get involved in the E...

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Thanksgiving in Early Charleston

November 22, 2017

It’s Thanksgiving season again, and for most people that means a day of rest, relaxation, and feasting with close friends and family. As a historian working in an old city, I have learned that Thanksgiving also includes at least ten people askin...

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Barbados and the Roots of Carolina, Part 1

November 16, 2017

If you pick up any book about the origins of South Carolina in the late 1600s, you’ll be sure to find references to the island of Barbados and the great influence it exerted on our early history. Nearly 350 years later, in November 2017, a numbe...

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Captain Anson and the Spanish Entourage

November 10, 2017

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting a descendant of Captain George Anson, the former local celebrity whose name is permanently affixed to Charleston’s first suburb, Ansonborough. Charles Anson, a great nephew of the famous captain, has had qu...

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