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!
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.
“African Americans in the Civil War” by Joseph McGill, Jr.
Open to HBF members and non-members, the lecture series, which takes place on the second floor of the Verdier House, features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. The program is 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. followed by audience questions. 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.
Joseph McGill, Jr. is a native of Kingstree, SC and is currently a Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He works in the Southern Office in Charleston, SC and is responsible for the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina. Mr. McGill received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional English from South Carolina State University. He spent six years in the United States Air Force and has been employed by the National Park Service, Penn Center, and the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa.
Mr. McGill is the founder of Company “I” 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment in Charleston, SC. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was the regiment portrayed in the award-winning movie Glory. As a Civil War reenactor, Mr. McGill participates in parades, living history presentations, lectures, and battle reenactments. Mr. McGill is a member of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the African American Historical Alliance.
This program is supported by The Humanities Council SC.
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.
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.