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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fairlawn marker set for Feb. 26 unveiling

Another significant historical marker will be unveiled during a special program at the Fairlawn Plantation site in Moncks Corner on Sunday, Feb. 26.
The marker is sponsored by The Berkeley County Historical Society and Gen. Marion’s Brigade Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Fairlawn Mansion burned in 1781, and there is no drawing or picture of this large mansion. However, a granddaughter of the owner, Louisa Carolina Colleton Graves, described the mansion as “very magnificent and so large that the British sought shelter under the buildings when … retreating after the Battle of Eutaw Springs.”
Gen. Francis Marion also said his farewell to his troops there under the avenue of oaks.

Lenten Services

Lunch will be served at 12 Noon and again at 1 p.m. at the Moncks Corner UM Church in conjunction with the Lenten Services each Wednesday during Lent.
On Wednesday, Feb. 29 , Friendship UMC and St. Michael Lutheran Church will provide the meal with Friendship bringing the desserts. The meal served before and after the Lenten Service is a reasonable lunch price and convenient for all to attend.

Voter Participation Banquet

The Berkeley County Chapter of the SC Coalition will present the third Annual Black History Banquet on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.
This event will take place at Howard Brown’s Place on Haynesville Road in Moncks Corner. Tickets are available for a donation of $35. For tickets, please contact: Madelin Gibson-Guy (843) 899-1883, Patricia Gibbs (843) 899-3029, Cheryl Thompson (843) 303-0376, or Carrie Gilliard (843)753-3322.


Quinton Mills, who has been in the Lowcounty many times, will be in concert at Carnes Crossroads Church of God on March 11-13. Mills will sing on Sunday morning and again at 6 p.m. Then he’ll also be in concert on Monday and Tuesday evening. The church is located on Hwy. 176.

Super Party

A party for the Super Bowl was held at the home of Marvin and Carol Wiggins. Several names were inadvertently omitted in last week’s column.
Those who enjoyed the evening together included Ben and Poly Coker, Baxter and Betty Orvin, Larry and Carolyn Hill, Mark Carter, David Hilton, and Ellison and Celeste Singletary.


Susan M. Williams will be the guest speaker at the next general meeting of the BCHS on March 25. Her topic will be the “Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow.”
Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffus are co-authors of the book by the same name as her topic.
Join the group who are all interested in the history of our county and working diligently to preserve our heritage.
Membership dues for 2012 may be sent to Mrs. Jean Crosby, 2680 Handford Mill Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406. Individual dues are $25, Family dues are $35, business, $100, and students are $15.
The purpose of the Berkeley County Historical Society is to collect and preserve history, educate the public and encourage historic preservation in Berkeley County.


A friend of the BCHS in Minnesota, who is connected to the Broughton family of Berkeley County, made a nice donation to the BCHS after a visit here and a tour given by Anne Propst. He has now offered to make a substantial donation to the Society here if someone could assist him in finding their connection with James Broughton born in Berkeley County in 1807.
This connection has to be authenticated. Please contact Anne Propst soon if you are interested in helping with this project.

Great Trip

Brenda Orvin and Debbie Sweatman recently returned from a great winter break in the Bahamas. While there the two enjoyed touring two islands and came home with relaxed smiles.

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