The Hutchinson House on Edisto Island

I am thrilled to announce, today that the Edisto Open Land Trust has purchased this amazing place. Thank you, Jenks Mikell, for relaying the good news!

Charleston Through an Artist's eye

Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows/ Help us to see/that without the dust the rainbow/Would not be. – Langston Hughes

This red-roofed handbuilt house on Point of Pines Road was built about 1885 by Henry Hutchinson for his bride, Rosa Swinton. Today the skeleton of this house still stands. In the spring the house is covered with flowering wisteria, and all you can see from the road now is a purple haze, the color of indigo. It is slowly being reclaimed by the earth.

According to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History this is the oldest identified house on Edisto Island associated with the black community after the Civil War.

“Henry Hutchinson… according to a local tradition, built and operated the first cotton gin owned by a black on the island, from 1900 to 1920. He was born a slave in 1860” (and was the son of James…

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I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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4 comments on “The Hutchinson House on Edisto Island
  1. Hello Charlotte from South Carolina! I’m Heddi, a D.C. native living in New Zealand writing a bilingual English-Italian blog…in other words, a mom and ‘starving’ artist. I’m trying to get my book published by translating it into Italian, and on my latest blog post, a sneak peak of the translation, I needed a picture of a ‘tunnel of trees.’ I googled it and was struck by your beautiful ‘Light. A Painting.’ It really captures what it feels like to be enveloped by the trees, to be dotted with sunlight that brings out colors that are and aren’t there. I love this painting! I hope you don’t mind that I used it on my blog post with your name: unfortunately, I don’t have that many followers but I still try to get out there and share anyway…Here’s the link and thanks in advance! Please let me know if there’s a problem :)

  2. Linda Dreher says:

    Have you painted the Hutchinson House? Would like to purchase a painting of this house. Linda Dreher

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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