Upcoming Events

Proceeds from all HBF events benefit Historic Beaufort Foundation.


Walk the Bay Street of 1863
A Lecture and Dinner
Monday, April 28th

Beaufort Hotel, Adams Express, and Post Office, on Bay Street, 1863, Diorama Photo.

   

Walk the Bay Street of 1863

A scale model diorama of 1863 Bay Street will open at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street, April 28. Housed in the ground floor of the house, the exhibit is open free to the public 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Historic Beaufort Foundation's monthly Dinner & A Lecture will follow at 5:30 p.m., featuring a formal presentation and photographic tour of Bay Street by model craftsman Dennis Cannady.
Using photographs taken during the Civil War by noted photographer Samuel Cooley and others, Cannady spent the last 14 months capturing each Bay Street structure, from New to Charles streets, in 1:120 scale. The exhibit portrays a 19th century view of Bay Street largely unknown today. Of the 62 structures he re-created, 42 of them were major buildings. Of those 42, only seven remain. Fires, hurricanes and demolition took the others and the exhibit highlights that.
Cannady placed each building in context and in relationship to each other on a simulated Bay Street complete with sandy streets and a waterfront covered with wharfs. His lecture will be illustrated by photos of his models side-by-side with the historic photos.
Every building has been re-created as authentically as possible based on the photographs. Windows, chimneys, porches and doors all in miniature are reflected as they appear in the photographs. Cannady recreated the lowcountry landcape with spices including coarse pepper, dill weed and seed, lemon peel, and roasted garlic and dried flowers, glass beads and moss.
Cannady, a retired mechanical engineer and Civil War enthusiast, has created other models exhibited at the Verdier House including the SS Planter, a Confederate ship commandeered by local slave Robert Smalls, and a model of Robert Smalls home at 511 Prince Street and a model of the U.S.S. Wabash, a U.S. Navy ship which spearheaded the assault on Beaufort in 1861. Cannady is a frequent lecturer throughout the lowcountry and the state on the life of Robert Smalls.
Dinner & a Lecture guests are invited to gather in the ground floor at 5:30 p.m. for the wine and hors d'oeuvre reception while they get a first-hand look at the eight-foot long diorama. The lecture is 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Verdier House drawing room.
The evening event is open to HBF members and non-members. 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. A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 per person for attendees at the lecture. Call Saltus River Grill at 379-3474 directly to make dining reservations.


DAY ON DAUSFAUSKIE ISLAND

MAY 15, 2014
Cost: $95 : includes ferry roundtrip, lunch and 2.5 hour tour
843-379-3331 info@historicbeaufort.org


Upcoming Lectures:

Historic Beaufort Foundation's monthly Dinner & A Lecture:

April 28, 2014 at the Verdier House featuring a formal presentation and photographic tour of Bay Street by model craftsman Dennis Cannady. A three-course dinner follows at Saltus River Grill.

Lectures are Sponsored By:

Audi Hilton Head

http://www.audihiltonhead.com

 


Get Your Hands Dirty in a Preservation Project!

 

Volunteers are needed Saturday, September 21st, to work on a stabilization project at 605 West Street in the Old Commons. HBF will assist Lowe's Heroes and the City of Beaufort in dismantling a two-story porch on the ca. 1880 home which was destroyed by a fallen tree. With the help of a Lowe's Keep America Beautiful grant, the Lowe's employees will repair the façade of the occupied home and HBF volunteers will be asked to assist in carrying debris to the on-site dumpster, in removing the chain link fence, in building and painting a new fence, in yard clean-up. Work starts at 9 a.m. and will continue until finished. You are asked to spend at least two hours helping out. Call Maxine or Jacque at 379-3331 with questions and to sign up.

 


When Sherman's Troops Marched Through … At the Verdier House Dinner & A Lecture

 

Hear first-hand accounts from civilians of the devastating and frightening march of 60,000 troops led by Gen. William T. Sherman’s through South Carolina in 1865 at the Verdier House Dinner & A Lecture series, Monday, September 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.

 

Personal experiences of the final blow of defeat to the citizens of South Carolina will be discussed by archivist Karen Stokes of the South Carolina Historical Society. The Civil War was in its final months and the motivation of the attack was to punish the state where the seeds of secession grew to full blossom. Hundreds of affected residents recorded their harrowing experiences in letters, diaries, memoirs and newspaper accounts, much of which is corroborated by the testimony of Sherman’s officers and soldiers.

 

Stokes brings these stories together in “South Carolina Civilians in Sherman’s Path: Stories of Couirage Amid Civil War Destruction” and will share them in her lecture. Many of the accounts offer a graphic depiction of the destruction which changed South Carolina forever.

 

Stokes, who has worked with the manuscript collection at the Historical Society for over 15 years, has published numerous articles on South Carolina history. She will provide copies of her book for sale and will sign them at the event.

 

“Dinner and a Lecture” is open to HBF members and non-members; the lecture series 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. 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. A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 per person for attendees at the lecture. Call Saltus River Grill at 379-3474 directly to make dining reservations.