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Interview: Ranky Tanky’s Clay Ross, Quentin Baxter On Gullah Music, Grammy Win –

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Hutchinson House

This is a lovely video update on the restoration of the historic African American house on Edisto Island, South Carolina built by the Hutchinson Family.

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Brick House Ruins, Edisto Island, South Carolina

This grand estate on Russell Creek has been the private land of the Jenkins family since 1798. The house, built around 1725, burned in 1929. Here she is in all her beauty.

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Day 4. Twelve Days of Christmas, a painting a day. $99. no tax free shipping

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Dr. Henry Woodward and a New Archaeological site

A new archaeology site near Middleton Place is ‘ground zero’ for early English influence in S.C. SUMMERVILLE — Fresh digging a few miles north of Middleton Place has shed new light on one of the Carolinas’ earliest English settlements. Those

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The Many Wives of Henry Woodward by Suzannah Smith Miles

This was written by my friend, Suzannah Smith Miles for the Moultrie News in Mt. Pleasant. Tuesday, March 13, 2012 By Suzannah Smith Miles Talk about the right stuff. Dr. Henry Woodward was quite a man – and in more

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Early Carolina. John Locke, Henry Woodward, and sensual Native Americans

“What we can know with any confidence derives from the experience of the senses.” – John Locke (1632-1704) from “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” I am an artist, not a formal historian, philosopher, or genealogist. My take on the world

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Small Houses Past and Present

Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it. – Leonardo Da Vinci There is a movement in today’s culture to return to a smaller house. Tiny House blog tells many stories of people simplifying and downsizing, for

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“The pride which the cassique of Kiawah took in his harbor and his country was responsible for the settling there of the first English colony in South Carolina. The same pardonable pride is still characteristic of the inhabitants….” – Alexander

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A Love Story of Rice and Dr. Henry Woodward

The following “Legend” was found in a little red book by E.C. McCants (Dr. Elliot Crayton McCants, PhD 1865-1953) called History Stories and Legends of South Carolina, 1927, The Southern Publishing Co. Dallas, Texas. The book was brought to me

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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.