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Lecture: Carolinians who fled American Revolution

The intriguing story of colonial South Carolinians who did not support the American Revolution and the description of their exile will be told by architectural historian Colin Brooker at the Verdier House Dinner & A Lecture series, Monday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.

“A Southern Diaspora: Loyalists Abroad” is the topic of the lecture by Brooker who has spent the past few years researching the homes and plantations of the loyalists who re-settled in the Bahamas after fleeing South Carolina. Many historic South Carolina names are among those who fled; Brooker will relate what became of them.

Brooker, a long-time researcher on behalf of Historic Beaufort Foundation, has been the primary architectural historian working in Beaufort for more than 30 years. It is his research upon which much of the understanding of local building style and history is based. He is a co-author of “Beaufort County Above-Ground Historic Resources Survey.” Few historic structures in Beaufort County have not undergone his analysis.

“Dinner and a Lecture” is open to HBF members and non-members; the lecture series features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, 5:30 – 6 p.m. The program is 6 – 7 p.m. followed by audience questions. Admission to the lecture is $15/$25 per member/member couple respectively, and $20/$30 per non-member/non-member couple respectively. Seating is limited; call 379-3331 to make reservations. A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 per person for attendees at the lecture. Call Saltus River Grill at 379-3474 directly to make dining reservations.

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