History collides with 21st century development.  The entombed bodies of generations lie in the path of expanding a housing development. It’s sadly not that unusual and the latest iteration is playing out just up Clement’s Ferry Road in the Cainhoy area. An article in the Post & Courier outlines the tale of how the graves of former slaves are endangered: ” For 150 years, the dead lay undisturbed. But the land nearby is now...

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Posted By on Apr 3, 2021

We have another interesting speaker lined up for our meeting on Tuesday, April 20.   Anna-Catherine Carroll, Manager of Preservation Initiatives at the Preservation Society of Charleston will be joining us to talk about their Charleston Justice Journey project.  The meeting on the Zoom platform will begin at 7pm, April 20.  We will distribute the Zoom login in information the week before the meeting. An initiative...

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Posted By on Mar 26, 2021

The current newsletter from the South Carolina Historic Preservation Office has a long list of upcoming virtual events you may be interested in…. Organizations continue to offer virtual programming on history and historic preservation topics including: The SC Archives & History Foundation will host the last program in the Virtual Spring Speakers Series 2021 on April 20, noon to 1:00 pm. Dawn Dawson House, of SC African...

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Posted By on Mar 18, 2021

John Navin of Coastal Carolina University was our speaker, via Zoom, on Tuesday, March 16. His topic “The Grim Years: Settling South Carolina 1670-1720. We did a blog entry on his talk that evening CLICK HERE And the video of the Zoom session is now available on YouTube at There was plenty of Q&A Tuesday night and Dr. Navin has offered to do an additional Zoom Q&A for anyone...

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Posted By on Mar 16, 2021

Another interesting DIHS meeting on the ZOOM platform as Coastal Carolina University History Professor John Navin shared some of the themes of his book “The Grim Years:  Settling South Carolina 1670-1720”. John Navin Coastal Carolina Univ. Navin cited several conditions that contributed to the sobriquet “The Grim Years” including the relatively little-known practice of enslaving Native Americans and enticing one tribe to take and...

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Posted By on Mar 15, 2021

What do you know about the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Beaufort? PHOTO CAPTION: American Private Jim Capers by Historical Artist Jeff Trexler The Battle of Beaufort at Port Royal Island — pitted British forces against their old nemesis, Col. Moultrie. This was the first serious land battle of the war in South Carolina and its first American victory. Recent fieldwork led by Daniel Battle of the S.C. American Revolution...

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