Archive for September, 2011

Judge to keynote for Archaeology Month

September 27, 2011


Since 1996 archaeological excavations and public programs have been undertaken on a sandy knoll in the middle of the Pee Dee River swamp at a place we have named the Johannes Kolb site. A joint effort of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Diachronic Research Foundation, and University of South Carolina Lancaster has been conducted largely staffed by volunteers from all walks of life. Spanning from the Ice Age until very recent times, evidence from Native, African and EuroAmerican occupations abounds. Systematic excavations across the 1.5 acre site have produced nearly 200,000 artifacts.

This lecture, “Fifteen Years of Archaeology and Education at the Johannes Kolb Site” by Chris Judge, Asst. Director of the Native American Studies Program at USC Lancaster, will highlight the archaeological and educational successes to date.

Thursday, Oct. 27th

  • 1:00 pm  at the Coastal Discovery Museum, co-sponsored by the Hilton Head Island Chapter of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina.  For more information, contact  George Stubbs- 843-363-5058 or
  • 5:30 pm at the Beaufort Branch Library, sponsored by the Beaufort District Collection and Beaufort County Planning Department.  For more information contact Grace Cordial at or call 255-4664.

For more information about the 2011 SCIAA Archaeology Month poster visit

For information about the Johannes Kolb Site visit .





HBF’s Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens

September 24, 2011

       During the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens visitors are invited to explore Beaufort from a rare vantage point: a selection of private        homes, gardens, and plantations normally not open to the public welcome visitors inside. The houses represent three centuries of Beaufort architecture for which the city is justly famous.  These self-paced walking tours offer a distinctive opportunity to observe how contemporary lifestyles are lived within the framework of our unmatched architectural heritage.

      The 2011 Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens is Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23.  Reservations can be made by calling 859- 371-3331 or online by clicking here.

Save the Date: BDC – Battle of Port Royal Commemoration, Nov. 7th

September 20, 2011

The BDC@ The Branches local history series will acknowledge the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Port Royal on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 with two programs.

  • BDC@ Bluffton Branch Library – Mike Coker, author of The Battle of Port Royal will speak about the players, actions,  and aftermath of the battle at 2:00 pm.  The Bluffton Branch Library is located at 120 Palmetto Way.
  • The BDC@ Penn CenterMike Coker will be joined by Dr. Lawrence Rowland, Stephen Hoffius, and Neil Baxley in Frisell Community House to discuss the Battle and the Civil War as it transpired here in Beaufort District.  Program begins at 6:30 pm.  Meet and greet the authors, get them to sign their books after the session. 

BDC@ The Branches local history series programs are free and open to anyone over age 12 interested in our local history, the environment, or culture of this area of South Carolina.

Rice to Lecture at Coastal Discovery Museum

September 14, 2011

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Hilton Head Chapter will host Nena Powell Rice of SCIAA (South Carolina Institute of Anthropology and Archaeology) at its next meeting Tuesday, Sept 20th at 1 pm at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.

In preparation of the celebration of Archaeology Month in October, Rice will discuss “Discovering South Carolina Archaeology:  16,000 Years of Cultural Occupation,” during which she will deliver a general synopsis of the archaeology of South Carolina during the past 16,000 years, focusing on technological change through time.  She will also address a large variety of programs offered during the 20th Annual South Carolina Archaeology Month in October 2011.

The meeting is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact George Stubbs 843-363-5058

Gen. Elliott, BVA HBF Dinner & a Lecture Series

September 12, 2011

A special lecture entitled “Undaunted Valor: Stephen Elliott and the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery” and gallery tour of a new permanent exhibit at the Verdier House, The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery: Guardians of the Lowcountry Since 1776, will be held Monday, September 26th as part of HBF’s Dinner & A Lecture series. The event will begin at 5:30 pm in the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street, downtown Beaufort.

Ron Roth, curator of the exhibit, will speak about the BVA which was called to fight in the American Revolution, the war of 1812, the Civil war, World Wars I and II.  Few military units in the history of the United States have served this country longer and with more distinction than the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery.  This exhibition provides highlights of its history, beginning with the American Revolution, using artifacts owned by HBF, the Beaufort Museum and the Confederate Relic Room in Columbia.  Mr. Roth’s talk will also focus on Stephen Elliott and his direct involvement with the BVA.  Fee.  For details or reservations call Historic Beaufort Foundation, 379-3331.