SC historical figure Eliza Lucas Pinckney visits Beaufort Colonial Dames XVII Century Chapter

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Beaufort’s Dr. Henry Woodward Colonial Dames XVII Century Chapter met on May 17 at the home of Laura Beall at Oldfield Plantation in Okatie. Chapter President Anita Henson invited Donna Waller, President of the Hilton Head Island Colonial Dames XVII Century Chapter, and their members to join

Priscilla Perkins and Peggy Pickett. Photo by Anita Henson.

them for a historical portrayal by Hilton Head Island Heritage Library volunteer Peggy Pickett of South Carolina heroin Eliza Lucas Pinckney.  At age 16, Eliza Lucas took over the management of her father’s Wappoo Plantation near Charleston in 1739 and became most instrumental in the development of Indigo as a major cash crop for South Carolina.  Later she would marry Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and their sons would play important roles in the colonies success in breaking away from English rule during the American Revolution. Following the historical impersonation, Ms. Pickett was presented a gift for her portrayal by Beaufort Chapter Vice President, Priscilla Perkins.