The Heyward Legacy in Bluffton

Kelly Graham - Friday, September 07, 2018

George Cuthbert Heyward's horse arrived in Bluffton that evening without its mount. Retracing the path back toward the plantation where George had ridden earlier that day, with the cash payroll for his overseers and staff, they found his body beside the road and found that he had been shot. The immediate chaos that the incident threw the Heyward family into was devastating, and the older sons stepped in to help care for their mother and keep the home. The mystery surrounding his murder and the theft of the payroll would not be solved until many years later, when on his deathbed, a former subordinate in the military confessed to the crime, admitting his revenge taken after being passed over for a promotion in rank.  Read More

Carolina Gold From West African Knowledge

Kelly Graham - Monday, August 13, 2018
South Carolina has a history closely linked to agriculture and the bounty of our rich and fertile soil. Cotton and tobacco were always principal inland crops, but during the mid-1800s rice was king in the South Carolina Lowcountry. It is not clear when rice first came to the SC coast, but one story has a British merchant vessel in need of repair putting into Charleston harbor and paying for the work with a bag of Madagascar rice seed. Seeds need a skilled hand to grow, and no colonial southern planter had the knowledge or experience to grow rice.  Read More

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 Rivers high bluff, where a fine home had once stood, Cyrus Garvey obtained permission from his employer to build his own home.  Read More

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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