Yesterday I attended the first Magnolia Plantation and Gardens History Fair (Saturday, 6 July 2013) – an event that grew to just over 40 local organizations, institutions and businesses. I thought it was a wonderful event – Lowcountry Africana was there, providing free genealogy instruction – and the Philip Simmons Artist-Blacksmith Guild of South Carolina were there, demonstrating their craft. Unfortunately I missed the brick-making demonstration. You can see a list of the participatants on the Magnolia Plantation History Fair webpage.
I especially enjoyed touching base with The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project – whose mission is “to discover and revive the significance of rice cultivation and its legacies, and to use this history as a launching off point for broad discussions of race, class, art, trade, history and economics—in short, the various aspects of culture in the Southeast.” I was also not previously aware of the Charleston Friends of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) whose parent chapter is in Washington, DC. I also enjoyed reading a bit more about the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston, and seeing the reenactors from the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. “I”. Lastly, the next time I’m on James Island, South Carolina – I want to go see the Seashore Farmers Lodge 767 and Museum at Sol Legare – check out these photographs and a bit about the history of the place here.
Below are some photos I took of the History Fair – I missed a number of the participants, but this should give you a feel for the event. I’ll definitely go next year, and who knows – perhaps US 17 Coastal Highway will be a participant! I think this event had a great first year, and has the potential to grow into something pretty wonderful.