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  • August 11, 2011

    Photo of the Week

    Filed under: Education,Preservation — historicbeaufort @ 12:29 PM

    This photo was an exciting find for HBF because it gives us an excellent view of the Verdier House outbuildings in the 1890s which no longer exist.

    Taken at the corner of Bay and Scott’s streets, the photo is a copy of one that originally appeared in a book about the Red Cross and was taken after the 1893 hurricane when Clara Barton organized a relief effort in Beaufort.

    It’s labeled “Carts loaded with grits for the distributing station at McLoud’s,” a reference possibly to McLeod’s Farm at Seabrook. Temporary distribution sites were established throughout the county.

    (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

    February 9, 2011

    Photos of 1915 Duke Street

    Filed under: General,Preservation — historicbeaufort @ 9:52 AM

    February 3, 2011

    A personal discovery of the faceted Robert Smalls story to be told at Dinner & a Lecture

    Filed under: Education,Events,General — historicbeaufort @ 12:22 PM

    Another chapter in Beaufort’s long, varied and colorful history will be presented as part of Historic Beaufort Foundation’s “Dinner & a Lecture” series Monday, February 28th, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.

    “The History and Architecture of the McKee-Smalls House” will be presented by Robert Smalls’ scholar and lecturer Dennis Cannady.  The story of the home is embellished by Cannady’s personal discovery of the Robert Smalls story and also the story of the ship CSS PLANTER.   Newcomers are often swept up in the romance and the facts of Smalls’ life, but perhaps none more so than Cannady. He, like most new to Beaufort, had never heard of Smalls despite a lifetime of Civil War research. Once here, with his avocation of history and his hobby of building historic ship models, Cannady found previously unexplored material.

    History related to Beaufort is, in many cases, like nowhere else. An example is the story of Smalls, born into enslavement, whose daring action in the Civil War led to his impact on Beaufort’s history for over 45 years and on generations of Beaufortonians that extends until today.

    The McKee-Smalls House at 511 Prince Street was Smalls’ home both in enslavement and as a free man. The house remained in his family until 1940. Cannady will give an overview of the history of the McKee family starting with the Lords Proprietors’ land grants on Lady’s Island where Ashdale Plantation was developed to the in-town house and Smalls’ storied acquisition of the house during the Civil War. Changes to the house from its building in the 1810s to the recent changes by the current owners will also be examined. A scale model of the house, built by Cannady, will be on display along with photographs from the model’s research, design, and construction phases

    In addition to lecturing on Smalls and the crafting of ship models for Osher Life Long Learning, Cannady, a retired mechanical engineer, is a lecturer for the nationally touring exhibition, The Life & Times of Congressman Robert Smalls, which will be at the Verdier House next October – December. His ship models have been displayed in galleries and museums along the east coast from Jacksonville to Boston.

    Open to HBF members and non-members, the monthly lecture series features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Programs are 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. followed by audience questions and are held the fourth Monday of each month.

    A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 per person for attendees at the lecture. Admission to the lecture is $15/$25 per member/member couple respectively, and $20/$30 per non-member/non-member couple respectively. Seating is limited; call 379-3331 to make reservations. Call Saltus River Grill directly to make dining reservations.

    January 26, 2011

    Special Educational Trip Planned by HBF

    Filed under: Education,Events,General — historicbeaufort @ 4:45 PM

    Connoisseur Trip to Ossabaw Island: March 2-3

    Located 20 miles south of Savannah, GA, Ossabaw is one of the best preserved of Georgia’s magnificent barrier islands. With a total area of 26,000 acres, its many natural zones progressing from the ocean include beaches, dunes, meadows, ponds, maritime forest and freshwater and saltwater marshes. The island was inhabited by Native Americans from as early as 2200 B.C. to the 18th Century and offers numerous archaeological sites as well as slave cabins, a late 19th Century prefab house and a grand 1920s mansion in the midst of undisturbed wildlife. Owned by the State of Georgia and managed through a public-private partnership with the Ossabaw Island Foundation, Ossabaw Island has been designated as a Heritage Preserve by the state, with its use restricted to natural, scientific and cultural study, research and education.

    Please note that Ossabaw Island is not open to the public. HBF has special permission for the trip.

    Price is $250 per HBF member or $275 per non-HBF member. Download a trip brochure here. Call 843-379-3331 to make your reservation!

    Appraisal Day at the Verdier House

    Filed under: Events,General — historicbeaufort @ 11:33 AM

    We’re excited to host an “Appraisal Day” at the Verdier House on Wednesday, February 23 between 10:00 and 4:00.  Members of the community can bring up to three items to be appraised by Amanda Everard.  Ms. Everard is President of Everard & Company, an auction and appraisal company located in Savannah, Georgia that was established in 2003. She graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art History and Studio Art. She worked at Sotheby’s for 11 years as a coordinator in the Trust and Estate Department, Head of the Arcade Furniture Department and most recently as Vice President in the English Furniture Department.   The cost is $35 for HBF members and $50 for non-HBF members.  Appointments must be made in advance, so please call 379-3331 to reserve your time slot.

    January 13, 2011

    Temperatures Rising for 11th Annual Oyster Roast

    Filed under: Events,General — historicbeaufort @ 11:53 AM

    Warm up at the Oyster Roast! Temperatures are climbing in the next 10 days with the thermometer expected to rise by at least 10 degrees by Friday, January 21st – just in time to join HBF members and friends at the 11th Annual Oyster Roast.  And to warm the pockets of those under the age of 35, ticket prices have been dropped for the 7 p.m. serving only to $35 per person.

    The grounds of Marshlands will be bright with bonfires for warming your hands. Oysters, chicken gumbo and an open bar will warm your appetites.  Beek Webb’s Sea Island Ramblers will provide music to make you move while a tented area with outdoor heaters will be available for the hard-to-heat among you!

    Call 379-3331 to make a reservation or stop by 208 West Street between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to pay with a check.

    January 11, 2011

    11th Annual Historic Beaufort Foundation Oyster Roast

    Filed under: Events,General — historicbeaufort @ 9:57 AM

    The grounds of Marshlands, a historic view on Beaufort’s waterfront, will be the site of the 11th annual oyster roast sponsored by Historic Beaufort Foundation January 21st, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Open to HBF members and the general public, the event will feature a traditional oyster roast, chicken gumbo, beverages and dessert catered by Reeves Outdoor Catering and music by the bluegrass band of Beek Webb and the Sea Island Ramblers.

    The annual oyster roast serves to foster fellowship in the preservation community while gaining new members and funds for the Foundation’s preservation and museum activities. In addition to preserving and protecting historic and cultural sites and advocating for the National Historic Landmark District, HBF operates the ca. 1804 Verdier House, the only historic house museum in Beaufort.

    Marshlands, ca. 1814, is listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places and was built by Dr. James Robert Verdier, a pioneer in the successful treatment of yellow fever. The home as it stands today reflects three phases of construction but it remains a classic example of what came to be called the “Beaufort style,” i.e. a raised foundation, wrap-around double porches and projecting rear wings. It has been in the W.B. Harvey family since the early 20th century.

    Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations must be made for 5:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. servings. However, the grounds and the bonfires will be open to guests throughout the evening. The bar opens at 5 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at the door and must be purchased by January 14th. Tickets may be ordered and charged to a credit card by calling the office at 379-3331. The office is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.