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Nat Fuller, Charleston’s first top chef

Tonight is the celebratory feast! This is from David Shields, food scholar and historian. Thank you David! “150 years ago Nat Fuller, Charleston’s great chef, held a banquet to mark the end of the Civil War and the beginning of

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McLeod Plantation History on James Island

Historian Doug Bostick spoke about the McLeod Plantation at the meeting of the Town of James Island’s History and Preservation Committee on March 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm.  The meeting was held at the Town Hall Offices, located at 1238 B Camp Road, James Island,  South Carolina.  The following text was taken directly from the minutes: There are 99 known graves on the McLeod property, and other headstones in the Woodland area, and some

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Sacred Ground. McLeod Plantation, Charleston SC

When it becomes habit for us to be able to rattle off our individual histories it will calm our spirits…….-Whoopi Goldberg James Island, South Carolina. Twenty years after acquiring McLeod Plantation from the Willie McLeod estate, the Historic Charleston Foundation

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Dancin’ the Charleston in a Jazz-y town

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” — Rumi The Charleston is the dance we proudly acclaim as our

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The Dignity of the Slave Cabin

“People without power are not without nobility.” – novelist, Ralph Ellison Slave Streets. Small one room houses were built in rows, as quarters for slaves on plantations in the Carolinas. They were most likely of wood, with a fireplace for

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Peace Like a River: Edisto Island, South Carolina

“I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.” – African American Spiritual Living in a place where I can actually see the rivers flowing to the ocean reminds me every day that water, so gently, flows to the sea…

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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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