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					 Vol. 24, No. 2                                A National Trust Historic Site                                 Summer, 2005

Watson Hill’s Many Developments
    The words “Watson Hill” have            annexes contiguous tracts of land.          Dorchester County forged ahead as if
become part of the daily vocabulary         Through a potential purchase by the         Watson Hill were to remain part of the
of those who live in and around             Watson Hill owners, North Charleston        county. On May 16, the county held
Lowcountry South Carolina. This is          would have had such contiguity.             a public hearing so that citizens could
due in great part to frequent updates       Annexation was attractive to the            voice their opinions on whether or
regarding builders’ plans, county           developers because North Charleston’s       not the Planning Commission should
ordinances, public                                                                                          vote to recommend
hearings, and                                                                                               the Watson Hill
annexation petitions                                                                                        proposal to County
for Watson Hill, the                                                                                        Council. Over 200
6,600-acre tract of                                                                                         people showed up,
land located six                                                                                            and all of the
miles north of                                                                                              speakers with one
Drayton Hall along                                                                                          exception voiced
Ashley River Road.                                                                                          their opposition to
Even as you read                                                                                            Watson Hill. Three
this now, the situ-                                                                                         days after the
ation has likely                                                                                            hearing, developers
changed again,                                                                                              withdrew their
and with so many                                                                                            proposal for further
developments over                                                                                           revision. Knowing
the past few months,                                                                                        that the developers
it is difficult to                                                                                          would likely submit a
provide a concise                                                                                           revised proposal, both
summary for Interiors.                                                                                      North Charleston
    Earlier this year,                                                                                      and Summerville
the Watson Hill                                                                                             proceeded with
debate centered on                                                                                          annexation hearings
whether Dorchester                                                                                          as scheduled.
County should                                                                                               Summerville’s
change its zoning ordinances from           ordinances already allow for the con-       hearing took place first, and on May
one unit per eight acres to allow for       struction of four to five units per acre.   27, the annexation was unanimously
the construction of 4,500 housing units        Local residents, who own property        approved. What is especially signifi-
in the form of single family houses,        along Ashley River Road in Dorchester       cant about Summerville’s annexation is
condominiums, and hotel rooms.              County, responded to North Charleston’s     that it prevents North Charleston
Drayton Hall voiced its opposition to       announcement by gathering together          from establishing contiguity with the
Watson Hill because of the many potential   to seek annexation by the town of           Watson Hill tract of land, and in
negative ramifications on the historic      Summerville. In a press conference          doing so prevents North Charleston
and scenic Ashley River Plantation          on May 11, the residents explained          from annexing it. However, because of
District and the lack of infrastructure     that their decision came from a shared      a legal debate between Summerville
to support such a mega-development.         desire to preserve the rural, scenic        and North Charleston, North
    A second debate arose when North        nature of the historic area. Shortly        Charleston also held a public hear-
Charleston announced plans to annex         thereafter, Summerville agreed to           ing on annexation, and on May 31,
Watson Hill in mid-March. Although          annex some 22 parcels of land.              North Charleston’s annexation of
Watson Hill is located across the              In the period of time before North       Watson Hill was approved.
Ashley River from North Charleston,         Charleston and Summerville could                         (See Watson Hill on pg. 3)
annexation is possible when a city          hold public hearings on annexation,

    Director’s Notes…                                             George McDaniel               The mission of Drayton Hall, a historic site of the National Trust
                                                                                                for Historic Preservation, is to preserve and interpret Drayton
                                                                                                Hall and its environs, in order to educate the public and to
From the President of the National Trust                                                        inspire people to embrace historic preservation.
                                                                                                DRAYTON HALL SITE COUNCIL
    Typically, I devote this space             golf course, that the developers want            Sandy Logan, CHAIRMAN
this space to my thoughts about                to construct. Development of Watson              Elizabeth Alston, True Applegate, Mary Ravenel
Drayton Hall’s current initiatives             Hill at this level of intensity would            Black, Heyward Carter, Mimi Cathcart,
                                                                                                Anne Cleveland, Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland,
and upcoming projects, but for this            have a devastating impact on several             Charles Drayton, Frances Edmunds (EMERITUS),
newsletter, I would like to devote             important pieces of the heritage we all          Mike Foley, Susan Friberg, Vincent Graham,
this space to our leader at the National       share as Americans. Among them are               Jane Hanahan (EMERITUS), Helen T. Hill, Lee
                                                                                                Manigault, Peter McGee (EMERITUS), Chad Prosser,
Trust, Richard Moe. On May 25, a               Drayton Hall, owned by the National              Jenny Sanford, Lee Shapleigh, Rodger Stroup,
letter he wrote on Watson Hill                 Trust and recognized as one of the               Vanessa Turner-Maybank, Anthony Wood,
appeared in the op-ed section of               nation’s oldest and finest plantation            Connie Wyrick (EMERITUS)
Charleston’s Post and Courier. His letter      houses; Magnolia Plantation,                     DIRECTOR
speaks for itself.                             owned by a single family for more                George W. McDaniel
    Some recent reports in the media           than three centuries and famed as the
have described the Watson Hill issue           site where azaleas were introduced               Paula Marion, FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR
as a clash of elected officials, a “race”      to America; Middleton Place, whose               Judi Purches
to annex Watson Hill.                                                   beautiful grounds,
                                                                                                BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
As president of the                                                     encompassing the        John Kidder, BUILDINGS & GROUNDS SUPERINTENDENT
National Trust for         "None of these would disappear country’s first                       Luke Nesmith, MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
Historic Preservation,       as a result of the Watson Hill             landscaped gardens,     Raymond Nesmith, MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
                                                                                                Karen Clarke, MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
I’d like to offer a            project, of course—but the               share a five-mile       Bill Dinius, Benjamin Dover, Verdell Rouse,
different perspective.        context that helps give them              boundary with           Nigel Alvin Williams
Despite the strong           meaning would be irreparably               Watson Hill; the
                                                                                                EDUCATION & RESEARCH
personalities involved        harmed by the addition of so              Ashley River Road,      Craig Hadley, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & RESEARCH
and the heated rhetoric            much development."                   a National Scenic       Bob Barker, SENIOR INTERPRETER
that has been employed                                                  Highway; and
by both sides, this                                                     the Ashley River        Vera Ford, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
issue is not about a battle between two        itself, a State Scenic River. None of            Jessica Kelley, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
mayors. It is much more serious than that.     these would disappear as a result of the         Janice Bost, MUSEUM SHOP ASSISTANT MANAGER
                                                                                                Debbi Zimmerman, GROUP TOUR COORDINATOR
It is about the future of the Ashley           Watson Hill project, of course—but               Amanda Kirkpatrick, PUBLIC RELATIONS & EVENTS COORDINATOR
River historic area, a unique collection       the context that helps give them meaning         Joe Scroggins, GATEKEEPER
of some of the Lowcountry’s—and                would be irreparably harmed by the               Cathy Conroy, Shirley Bowers, Jeanne Boynton
America’s—most significant historic            addition of so much development                  INTERPRETERS
landmarks and landscapes.                      (and the huge volume of traffic it is            Betty Akey, Booie Chappell,
    The facts are straightforward.             sure to generate) to this already fragile        Andrew Dombrowski, Helen Espeseth,
                                                                                                Damon Fordham, Patricia Jack, Judy Johnson,
The developers of the Watson Hill              area. If they are to be truly meaningful,        Betsy Kleinfelder, Kim Kooles, Elizabeth Laney,
tract are attempting to secure its             historic sites can’t exist in isolation.         Ashley Patton, Peggy Reider, Taylor Shelby,
annexation by the city of North                Our ability to experience them,                  Jesse Siess
Charleston—an action which                     learn from them and be inspired by               VOLUNTEERS
North Charleston has stated it intends         them is severely limited if the landscape        John Anderson, Hazel Berry, Jim Berry,
to undertake. On the opposing                  that surrounds and anchors them is given         Chris Chappell, Julian Harrison, Gene Heizer,
                                                                                                Jim Mueller, George Neil, Ian Purches,
side, the town of Summerville and the          over to the array of strip malls, subdivisions   Shirley Sheppard, Anna Stevens, Stephanie Thomas,
city of Charleston are seeking to protect      and generalized “road rash” that typifies        Phoebe Willis, Diane Zender, Matt Zender,
Dorchester County’s jurisdiction over          suburban sprawl.                                 Jerry Zimmerman
the tract—to maintain the status quo              Happily, many preservation and
in the hope that the County Council            conservation groups here in South
will deny the development application.         Carolina have understood this message
    The developers’ motivation is clear:       and have worked hard to protect areas
They wish to avoid being restricted by         such as the ACE Basin, battlefields
the lower-density zoning currently             such as Morris Island, the proposed                  Drayton Hall
under discussion in Dorchester                 Gullah/Geechee National Heritage                     3380 ASHLEY RIVER ROAD, CHARLESTON, SC 29414
                                                                                                    843-769-2600 FAX: 843-766-0878
County. North Charleston’s zoning              Corridor and other reflections of the       • E-MAIL:
would allow five to six units per              region’s diverse heritage. The results are
acre, and the city has already indicated       apparent along the Ashley River corridor,
that it will approve the 4,500-house           where landowners, state agencies, city
community, complete with hotel and             and county governments, non-profit
                                                       (see From the President on pg. 5)
 Drayton Hall’s Inaugural Wood Family Internship                                                A Fond Farewell to
                                                                                                Wade Lawrence,
   Last July, Anthony C. Wood, a member             of historic preservation and museum
of Drayton Hall’s Site Council, established         studies as a whole.                         Assistant Director from
the Wood Family Internship Fund in                     This summer Drayton Hall is pleased      1997-2005.
memory of his parents, Tanya and Leonard,           to offer the first Wood Family Internship
and his brother Stephen, all of whom                to Joyce Keegan, who received her Master
were committed to historic preservation.            of Arts in the History of American
The goal of the Wood Family Internship              Decorative Arts in May, 2004 in a joint
Fund is to provide in-depth training                program offered by The Smithsonian
opportunities to serious graduate students,         Associates; Cooper-Hewitt, National
enable Drayton Hall to complete projects            Design Museum in New York; and Parsons
deemed critical during recent strategic             School of Design. During her masters
planning, and, in turn, benefit the fields          program, Joyce interned at The White
                                                    House, Gunston Hall, and Gadsby’s
                                                    Tavern Museum. While at Gunston Hall,
                                                    one of her research projects centered on
                                                    18th- and 19th-century furniture in the
                                                    museum’s collection.                             On April 1, Drayton Hall said goodbye
                                                       The inaugural Wood Family                to one of its champions of preservation
                                                    Internship will focus on Drayton Hall’s     as Wade Lawrence, assistant director from
                                                    18th-century furniture collection, which    1997 until 2005, became director of
                                                    though limited in number, consists of       Glennsheen Historic Estate, located on
                                                    very important pieces. The most signif-     the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth,
                                                    icant is a magnificent mahogany desk-       Minnesota. Glensheen, built between 1905
                                                    and-cabinet that features elaborate         and 1908 by Chester A. Congdon, resembles
                                                    rococo carving and extensive inlay and      an English, early 17th-century country
                                                    marquetry. Over the course of her eight     estate. What is remarkable about the house
                                                    week internship, Joyce will produce a       is that, to this day, it closely resembles
                                                    detailed description of the construction    the way it looked when the Congdon
                                                    and condition of these objects, docu-       family first moved in during November
                                                    ment their provenance, interpret their      of 1908.
                                                    significance, and make preliminary rec-          “From the start, Wade was instrumental
                                                    ommendations for future conservation.       in shaping Drayton Hall’s future,” remarked
Photo: Rick Rhodes

                                                    In addition, she will update the current    Drayton Hall’s director, George McDaniel.
                                                    collections management database and         From getting Drayton Hall online with
                                                    complete a collections survey. At the       networked computers to designing a top-
                                                    conclusion, Joyce will give a scholarly     notch website to managing Conservation for
                                                    presentation on her project for staff and   Drayton Hall’s Fourth Century and Drayton
                                                    Friends of Drayton Hall.                    Hall’s Landscape Master Plan to serving
    Drayton Hall’s mahogany desk-and-cabinet will      Information on the presentation will     on the steering committee for Drayton
    be one of the primary objects researched this   be available on Drayton Hall’s website,     Hall’s recently completed strategic plan,
    summer by Joyce Keegan, the first Wood                        Wade benefited Drayton Hall through-
    Family Intern.                                                                              out his tenure. According to McDaniel,
                                                                                                “Wade always set the bar high and sought
(Watson Hill from pg. 1)                                                                        to articulate why excellence should be
What’s next? While Watson Hill developers had wanted to submit a revised pro-                   our bench mark. He was always witty
posal to the Dorchester County Planning Commission, County Council has                          and engaging and served as a candid
informed the owners that the county will not consider its plans until the annexa-               sounding board for many staff.”
tion and jurisdiction questions are resolved by the courts, which may take a year                    Upon his departure, Wade described his
or two.                                                                                         job at Drayton Hall, “as a dream-come-true
What can you do? Drayton Hall would like to thank all our Friends from across                   for me. Having learned about this
the country who have written letters and emails expressing their concern about                  remarkable house in my studies of art history
Watson Hill. The fight is not over. As you read this newsletter, several weeks                  and architecture, I felt honored to be a
have passed, and many other moves may have taken place in this chess game.                      part of its preservation and its future.
Please continue to monitor Drayton Hall’s website,, and                     It’s been my privilege to have worked with
that of our partner, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, at                             some of the most dedicated, professional In the meantime, please know that your financial support as                      colleagues I’ve ever known. I’ll miss
Friends has been vital to our ability to respond to this unexpected campaign dur-               everyone, but I’m certain that our paths
ing the current fiscal year.                                                                    will cross many times in the future.”

Education and Research News

      Progress to Date: Archeological Field School, 2005
    On May 23, a team College of           ures 25 feet by 20 feet. According                                         On June 1,
Charleston students guided by three        to Martha Zierden, this is exactly                                         students
prominent archeologists broke ground       what they hoped to find: defini-                                           unearthed this
at Drayton Hall as part of a four-week     tive evidence that 18th-century                                            decorative
                                                                                                                      iron buckle,
archeological field school. Dr. Barbara    buildings were built on these                                              which probably
Borg, new world archeologist and eth-      grounds. Archeologists suspect                                             adorned an
nohistorian at the College of              that the brick foundation may                                              18th-century
Charleston, and Martha Zierden and         have been for a barn or stable.                                            horse harness.
Ronald Anthony, museum archeolo-           Horse harness buckles and nails
gists for the Charleston Museum, are       unearthed nearby support that
leading the anthropology majors in         preliminary theory as both would
search of evidence that will elucidate     surely have been located in a struc-
the story of life around Drayton Hall’s    ture that housed horses or carriages.
main house. Specifically, they hope to        As part of their training in archeology,
locate with certainty the sites of the     the students will continue on to the
18th-century slave dwellings.              Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
Completing this field school fulfills      in Summerville and Willtown in
one of the recommendations of              Colleton County. Julia Deckman, one of
Drayton Hall’s 2004 Landscape Master       the students explained, “Being a part of
Plan.                                      this field school is an amazing opportunity,
    During the 2003 field school, a        not only because it gives me experience
number of post-hole features—dark          in the field I want to pursue, but also
circular stains in the dirt that are the   because it opens a window to the lives
remnants of disintegrated wood—were        of those who lived here centuries ago.”
revealed and led the archeologists to         “We know so little about the daily            Although the post-hole feature in this
                                                                                            photograph is difficult to pick out with
believe that slave housing may indeed      lives of slaves at Drayton Hall during           the untrained eye, it is one of the most
have been located on the land-front        the 18th century, so to find anything is                         significant findings to
lawn. This past November, a number         gold,” noted Craig Hadley, director                              date. Archeologists look
of curious anomalies were revealed by      of education and research at                                     for dark circular stains
ground penetrating radar and intensi-      Drayton Hall. Everyone                                           in the soil because they
                                                                                                            are remnants of disinte-
fied the call for additional investiga-    involved in the excavation                                       grated wood and are the
tion.                                      agrees that this project is                                      likely location of former
    “We walk on this ground everyday,      especially significant because it                                structures.
and although in the back of our minds      explores a part of plantation
we know that history took place here,      history that is often overlooked.
we don’t always realize the significance   Hadley continued,                                                Two student archeologists
of what lies beneath our feet. We are      “Archeology is one of the only                                   try to piece together
standing on the stories of the past, and   means we have to paint a clearer                                 fragments of pottery
it’s truly amazing to dig down and         picture of 18th-century slave life                               uncovered during the dig.
unveil all these stories,” explained       at Drayton Hall. That’s precisely
Elizabeth Laney, an interpreter for        why it is so important.”
Drayton Hall who is participating in          After the excavation is completed,
the excavations on a daily basis.          the findings will be on loan to the
    To date, the excavation has            Charleston Museum for proper
revealed such artifacts as glass beads,    cleaning, dating, analysis, and
18th-century slave pottery known as        interpretation. After the results
colonoware, 19th-century revolver          have been quantified and the final
bullets and a musket ball, pewter but-     report written, the artifacts will be
tons, an 18th-century iron buckle pos-     returned to Drayton Hall.
sibly used on a horse harness, and an
array of iron moldings. Even more sig-     A student archeologist works on the first of
                                           three sides of a brick foundation unearthed on
nificant are the discoveries of addi-      the land-front lawn. Continued excavations
tional post-hole features and three        revealed that the foundation measured approxi-
sides of a brick foundation that meas-     mately 25 feet by 20 feet.

             The 225 th Anniversary of the Siege of Charleston
                             May 14-15, 2005
                                                                     The sound of musket and artillery fire filled the air. Soldiers in
                                                                     brilliant red and green uniforms hurriedly formed lines to halt the
                                                                     advance of the oncoming Continental Army. It seemed as though the
                                                                      British might actually carry the day! No, this battle is not a part of
                                                                      the annals of Charleston history but an unscheduled skirmish
                                                                      between the British and Continental Armies, which delighted
                                                                       visitors to Drayton Hall on the morning of Sunday, May 15.

                                                   The newly-widowed
                                Rebecca Drayton may have looked upon
            a scene just like this in April of 1780 when British forces
occupied Drayton Hall. This is a contemporary scene of the historic
home from the Revolutionary War Living History Days co-sponsored by
Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation and Its Gardens, and Middleton
Place on May 14 and 15 in honor of the 225th Anniversary of the British
Siege of Charleston.

                                                                                                                    Re-enactors portraying
                                                                                                 British troops prepare for the march to
 For the 225th Anniversary, Drayton Hall hosted over 600 re-                    Magnolia Plantation. The two day event included re-
enactors portraying the British forces, who occupied Drayton         enactments of the skirmish at Fuller’s Plantation and the battles of
Hall in April of 1780. Early in the morning on Saturday, May         Gibbes’ Plantation, Monck’s Corner, and Biggin’s Bridge.
14 th , re-enactors marched into formation along the allee in
preparation for the day’s events.

 (From the President from pg. 2)
organizations and generous donors (such as       places for granted until they are threatened.   County—and voice your support for
those who enable the National Trust to pre-      Right now, the threat is very real at Watson    protecting the historic and scenic treasures
serve Drayton Hall) have made great              Hill, and many area residents are working       of the Ashley River corridor. These places
progress in protecting the area’s historic and   vigorously to overcome it. The National         represent an important chapter in our nation’s
natural resources. It would be tragic if these   Trust applauds their efforts and urges others   story. Future generations of Americans would
efforts were undermined by what happens          to follow their example: Contact your local     be the losers if that chapter were to be erased.
at Watson Hill.                                  officials—whether in Charleston, North
    We often take our community’s special        Charleston, Summerville or Dorchester

Preservation Pays

    Jessica Kelley
       At the beginning of every month, we prepare to mail renewal notices, and
    this month, I noticed that there were more than a handful of people who had
    been part of Drayton Hall for over two decades. Wondering how many of you
    were out there, I did a little research and found out that over 90 of you have
    been members of the Friends of Drayton Hall since at least 1985. On behalf of
    our staff and Site Council, I would like to thank you for your lasting commit-
    ment to Drayton Hall.

    Dr. & Mrs. James C. Allen                 Dr. Joseph M. Jenrette, III
    Mr. & Mrs. James R. Anderson
    Mr. & Mrs. H. Parrott Baco
                                              Dr. & Mrs. M. Craig Johns
                                              Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Johnson
                                                                                      Museum Shop
    Dr. & Mrs. Norman H. Bell                 Mr. William R. Keane                    Connections:
    Miss Emily H. Bennett
    Mr. & Mrs. John T. Benton
                                              Mrs. Broyles Kerr
                                              Cdr. Elinor B. Kessel
                                                                                      Baskets from
    Janet & John E. Boom                      Mr. & Mrs. Hans Koldewey                Senegal
    Mr. & Mrs. John D. Bowe                   Mr. & Mrs. Kim Krause
    Mr. Samuel A. Bowman                      Mr. & Mrs. Douglas B. Lee                  Do you believe in cultural continuity
    Mrs. Mary Ellen Brumbaugh                 Mr. & Mrs. Stuart M. Love               after centuries of separation between a
    Mr. & Mrs. Franklin L. Burke              Miss Isabella T. Lynn                   people and their homeland? Although
    Mr. & Mrs. Richard Calhoun                Mr. & Mrs. John W. MacDonald, Jr.       there are those who do not, evidence
    Mr. & Mrs. M. W. Campbell                 Mr. & Mrs. Donald L. McConaughy         to the contrary may be seen in the
    Paula Carson                              Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. McGee
    Mr. & Mrs. T. Heyward Carter, Jr.         Mr. & Mrs. George J. Melford
                                                                                      Lowcountry African-American tradition
    Mrs. W. H. Cogswell, III                  Mr. & Mrs. John Noble                   of basket making. In fact, visitors to
    Mr. & Mrs. Jess C. Cook                   Mr. S. Peter Nyce                       Charleston often wander through the
    Mr. & Mrs. D. M. Crutchfield              Mr. Michael Palmerton                   city market and along Charleston’s
    Dr. & Mrs. F. Willson Daily               Mr. Doris Pearce                        roadways to find the perfect sweet grass
    Mr. Leroy J. Dare                         Mr. & Mrs. Mark Pilgrim                 basket to take home as a souvenir.
    Mr. & Mrs. George Demas                   Mr. R. L. Pollard                       Woven from sweet grass, pine needles,
    Mr. & Mrs. Donald D. Dodge, Jr.           Mr. & Mrs. G. Rodman Porter, Jr.        and palm fronds, the baskets that are
    Mrs. Barbara Doyle                        Mr. David Robb                          decorative today once served important
    Mrs. Richard Drayton                      Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Robinson          functions on plantations throughout
    Dr. & Mrs. David Ellis                    Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Robinson          the Lowcountry. Enslaved Africans
    Mrs. Brooks Emeny                         Mr. & Mrs. William A. Robinson
    Ms. Rebecca A. Epting                     Mr. Charles E. Roemer
                                                                                      and African Americans used flat circular
    Mrs. Martha W. Erwin                      Mr. & Mrs. H. J. Scholz, Jr.            baskets, known as fanners, to winnow
    Dr. & Mrs. F. S. Fairey, Jr .             Mr. Frank Shackleford                   the husks from rice and used deeper
    Mr. & Mrs. George E. Field                Mr. Robert A. Shoolbred                 baskets to carry items such as fruits
    Mr. & Mrs. Stephen F. Gates               Dr. & Mrs. Samuel N. Stayer             and vegetables.
    Mrs. Florence Goodyear                    Mrs. John H. E. Stelling, Jr.              The baskets themselves are evidence
    Mr. Harlan Greene                         Mr. & Mrs. John D. Stewart              of a direct link to West Africa, where
    Mrs. Ann F. Hampton                       Mr. & Mrs. Ward Stewart                 baskets similar to those woven in
    Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Hanlin               Mrs. Elizabeth Drayton Taylor           Lowcountry for the past few centuries
    Mr. & Mrs. David Lott Hardy               Mrs. Susanne L. Taylor                  are still woven for agricultural purposes
    Dr. & Mrs. Michael Harres                 Mr. Stephen J. Thomas                   and sold in local markets.
    Mr. William D. Harvey                     Mr. & Mrs. Dean V. Traxler
    Mrs. Charlotte McCrady Hastie             Mr. David G. Turnbaugh
                                                                                         The Drayton Hall Museum Shop is
    Ms. Clara H. Heinsohn                     Mr. William C. Vance                    pleased to announce that it has just
    Mr. & Mrs. Eugene D. Heizer               Mr. Orville E. Waite                    received a special shipment of traditional
    Mrs. John Godwin Hemminger                Mrs. Jane B. Walchli                    hand-woven fanners and other grass
    Dr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Herbert, Jr.         Mr. & Mrs. Claude M. Walker             baskets direct from Senegal. The baskets
    Mr. & Mrs. Blake Hughes                   Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Watkins III        are crafted by Senegalese women from
    Ms. Henrietta Humphreys                   Mrs. Bonnie B. Wilson                   a local field grass called “ndone,” which
    Mrs. Jordan T. Jack                       Mrs. Joseph R. Young                    grows about a hundred kilometers south
    Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey M. Jacobs              Mr. John A. Zeigler, Jr.                of Senegal’s capital, Dakar. When these
                                                                                      baskets were purchased in a market in
    If you believe that you have been a member for at least two decades and are not   Dakar, the basket vendors could not
    listed, please let me know so that we can acknowledge you too! You can reach      believe that Drayton Hall was interested
    me at 843-769-2601 or

in “plain, old-fashioned work baskets.”      Connoisseur Tour:
The shipment from Senegal includes
classic fanners and deeper baskets           The Chance to Step Behind the Scenes
interwoven with bright, vibrant strips
of color. The color comes from vinyl             Are you looking for a more distinctive experience at Drayton Hall? One that
strips, which not only add pattern and       digs down deep into the site’s history? That’s tailored to your interests and those of
color, but also make the baskets more        your friends? One that’s given by a specially trained professional interpreter?
durable. The Senegalese baskets range        If so, Drayton Hall’s Connoisseur Tour may be the perfect addition to your next
in price from $15 to $85, depending on       trip to Charleston.
their size. They are only available onsite       Friends have an advantage. The tour, which costs $25 per person for the general
at Drayton Hall’s Museum Shop or by          public, is available at a special rate of $20 per person when booked by members of
calling 843-769-2610.                        the Friends of Drayton Hall. This focus tour is tailored to the needs, interests,
    Friends interested in learning more      and time constraints of each group that books it. Recent Connoisseur Tours
about Lowcountry sweet grass baskets         have focused on architecture, decorative arts, preservation projects, and
can learn more from two wonderful            Drayton Hall’s Civil War history. Specially trained and selected senior interpreters
books available online and onsite: Row       use historical photographs, diary entries, archeological evidence, and oral histories
Upon Row, about the evolution of this        to bring such topics to life as they relay stories that are not part of regular guided
trans-Atlantic craft, and the acclaimed      house tours.
children’s classic, Circle Unbroken, about       If you are the leader of an alumni club, church group, professional association, or
local traditions surrounding the baskets.    historical society, or if you have a group of friends or family that you would like to
                                             do something special for, please call Debbi Zimmerman, our group tour coordinator, at
                                             843-769-2630 to learn more about the Connoisseur Tour.
In the News
   Because of the massive scale of the
225th Anniversary of the Siege of
Charleston, Drayton Hall appeared all
over the news. A sample of our press
coverage is below:
The History Channel
The Post and Courier
The Charlotte Observer
WCBD Channel 2 and
   WIS Channel 10, NBC affiliates
   in Charleston and Columbia
WCIV ABC News 4 in Charleston                                                             (Upper left)This photo, taken after the Civil
   Drayton Hall has also been men-                                                        War, is one of many used on Connoisseur
tioned all over the media in regards                                                      Tours.
to Watson Hill:
                                                                                          (Above) This photo was taken in the with-
The Post and Courier                                                                      drawing room at Ann Drayton Nelson’s
Summerville Journal Scene                                                                 debutante party in the 1960s.
WCBD Channel 2
WCIV ABC News 4                                                                           (left) Bob Barker, Drayton Hall’s senior
WACH Fox 57 in Charleston                                                                 interpreter, discusses the conservation of
                                                                                          the upper great hall’s floor after sharing
WCSC Live 5 News, CBS affiliate in                                                        before-and-after photographs.

                                             What a recent group tour leader had to say….
                                             “I’m not a ‘history buff’ and don’t even enjoy listening to history. At Drayton Hall,
                                             the guide made the house and history come alive. I could have listened for hours.
                                             Thanks for making history enjoyable. I would promote Drayton Hall to anyone.”

                                                                                                                    —Heather Paul
                                                                                                                    Christian Tours
                                                                                                                      Newton, NC

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                                                                                                                                          CHARLESTON, SC
                                                                                                                                          PERMIT NO. 1088
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414

Upcoming Events
   African American History: From Plantations to the City – FREE FOR MEMBERS
   September 18 and 22, 2005: 1:30-4:00 P.M.
   Friends will compare and contrast African-American history as it relates to plantation and urban life in a two-part program. At Drayton Hall, the program
   will present hands-on opportunities for learning and will use oral histories with Richmond Bowens, Charles Drayton’s diary entries, and family letters. In
   downtown Charleston, Friends will learn about differences in housing, jobs, and daily life for African-Americans who lived in the city. For reservations,
   please call 843-769-2605.

   Behind-the-Scenes at Drayton Hall
   October 16 and 20, 2005: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
   The program begins with a focus tour led by Bob Barker, Drayton Hall’s senior interpreter. Spaces too small and too delicate for regular public tours are part
   of the tour including the upper withdrawing room and southwest bedchamber. After exploring Drayton Hall’s main house, Friends view select items from
   Drayton Hall’s collections including Drayton family furniture and archeological artifacts. Paula Carson, who traveled from Anderson, South Carolina to par-
   ticipate in the program in May, wrote that she “thoroughly enjoyed the Behind-the-Scenes tour! What a joy and privilege to be able to view artifacts and
   rooms not available to the public. It was great!” The two-hour program is available exclusively for Friends and costs $50 a person. Limited to 8 people per
   day. For reservations, please call 843-769-2605.

   Entertaining in the 18th and 19th Centuries – FREE FOR MEMBERS
   November 13 and 17, 2005: 1:30-3:00 P.M.
   The holidays are around the corner! Join us for this special event to learn about entertaining in the 18th and 19th centuries. A senior interpreter will utilize
   entries from Charles Drayton’s diaries, family letters, and photographs while discussing how rooms such as the withdrawing room, great hall, and upper great
   hall were used for entertaining. For reservations, please call 843-769-2605.

   Annual Spirituals Concerts
   December 10 and 11, 2005: 6:00 -8:00 P.M., additional Sunday matinee 3:00-5:00 P.M.
   Drayton Hall presents African-American spiritual music with three concerts by Ann Caldwell and The Magnolia Singers. This special holiday program
   includes work songs, field cries, hollers, rhyme songs, and spirituals. Concert tickets include a catered reception on the portico and informal tours of the
   house given by Drayton Hall’s experienced museum guides. Drayton Hall’s concert season is proudly sponsored by Carriage Properties, a locally-owned
   Charleston-based real estate firm and Pacific Dreams, a culinary art company. Reservations required. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for Friends of
   Drayton Hall. This event fills quickly, so consider buying your tickets early. Call 843-769-2605 for information and reservations.

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