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Freedman, Cyrus Garvey, Built His Home on the May

Kelly Graham - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
In 1870, the Civil War had been over for several years, and most of Bluffton lay in ruin, having been
burned and ransacked by Union troops seven years earlier. On the May River’s high bluff, where a fine
home had once stood, Cyrus Garvey obtained permission from his employer to build his own home.

Cyrus Garvey was an enterprising Lowcountry farmer, born into slavery in 1820, and raised on Garvey
Hall Plantation, which is over 1,000 acres of land where the burgeoning Bluffton communities of New
Riverside are now located. Cyrus’ mother was an enslaved plantation worker and his father was quite
possibly plantation owner John Garvey, since Cyrus is listed as “mulatto” in the 1870 census. In that
year, at the age of 41, Cyrus built his dream home on the bluff with his own hands.


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They Retreated To Bluffton

Kelly Graham - Tuesday, June 05, 2018

When the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, the move for South Carolina to secede from the Union had already been simmering for many years. As early as 1844, sixteen years before the start of the war, the seeds of discord were being sown by the SC “fire-eaters” who spoke loudly of secession from the United States. That early defeat at Fort Sumter, when confederates retook the harbor fort, had stung the Union badly, and a retaliatory move was soon made. Read More

The Heart of the Story

Kelly Graham - Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Listening to a good story is something we can all relate to. We remember stories and storytellers long after the end of the tale. Especially when the storyteller involves our imagination and relates on a level that makes the story real.  Read More


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