Archive for April, 2013

HBF Dinner & a Lecture Tonight Featuring Colin Brooker

April 29, 2013

From Maxine Lutz, Executive Director of HBF, 843-379-3331

Carolinians who fled the 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 over thirty 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 p.m. – 6 p.m. The program is 6 p.m. – 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.


Art Market at Coastal Discovery

April 26, 2013

From Natalie:
Hope to see you at this year’s Art Market. We are expecting more than 90 artists from all over the country. It should be another great year!We are open from 10-5 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. Parking is $6, which benefits the Coastal Discovery Museum.

Underwater Archaeology Program – May 21st

April 23, 2013

The Archaeology Society of SC/Hilton Head Chapter is pleased to have Ashley M. Deming Manager, The Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of South Carolina.

Deming, a popular speaker in our area will speak about the SCIAA Outreach and certification program on Hilton Head Tuesday, May 21st at Discovery House, Coastal Discovery Museum on Honey Horn Plantation starting at 2:00 PM. All ASS\C/HH meetings are free and open to the public.

Deming will discuss the upcoming Underwater Diver’s SC State certification class “Our field training course comes in two parts. The first part (class and pond) is set for sometime in June. The second part (diving on a wreck near Hilton Head) is set for July, tentatively the 17th through 22nd.
For further information: Dwayne Pickett

Lafayette Soiree (This Saturday!) Auction Items

April 18, 2013

Here’s a preview of some of the items that will be available for auction this Saturday evening
at Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Lafayette Soiree
Fine Dining

Fall Feast at Frogmore Manor. Item #1
Enjoy dinner for 12 at historic Frogmore Manor on St Helena Island.
Minimum bid: $600.

Downtown Dinner at the BB Sams House II. Item #2
This historic home overlooking the “ Green” in the Point area of the Historic District will be your destination for an elegant dinner. Gather 14 of your friends for a lovely evening!
Minimum bid: $600.

Fall luncheon at Laurel Spring: Item #3
Laurel Spring is a former rice plantation set on the Combahee, and the setting for this luncheon for up to 16. Included is a tour of the house and surrounding grounds.
Minimum bid: $400.

Gourmet Dinner and Tour of Tabby Ruins on Dataw. Item #4
The club house at Dataw, with its fabulous new chef, will be the setting for this gourmet dinner for four lucky people. A tour of the tabby ruins, the former plantation of the Sams family, is included.
Minimum bid: $350.

Progressive Dinner Boat Cruise on Factory Creek. Item #5
Eight privileged people will begin their evening from Sunset Bluff with a sunset cruise complete with cocktails and appetizers aboard a comfortable pontoon, known on the Beaufort River as the “party barge”. Followed by a fabulous progressive dinner.
Minimum bid: $500

Bon Voyage

One Week Vacation at Blue Bay Resort, Curacao. Item #6
Experience a week in the southern Caribbean at Blue Bay Resort, Curacao. Your private three-bedroom Villa is surrounded by lush grounds, fabulous golf courses and white sand beaches.
Minimum bid: $1,500.

One Week Vacation at Seagrove Retreat in Roatan, Honduras. Item #7
This one acre paradise in the middle of Roatan, Honduras is located directly on the water with a private pool and fabulous wrap-around porches. There is a main house plus a casita with additional living quarters. Visit http://www.seagroveretreat for more detailed descriptions and the photos.
Minimum bid: $2,000.

A Weekend in History. Item #8
The Lewis Reeves Sam’s house, the site of the 2013 Lafayette Soiree, will be yours for a weekend. With accommodations for up to 10. It has five bedrooms, each with private baths. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share with your family or friends. If you have a wedding or special family reunion this year, don’t let this item get away.
Minimum bid: $600.

Charleston Fall Getaway. Item #9
You will love the location of this beautiful home in the historic “South of Broad” district of downtown Charleston where you and a few friends will be able to stay for two evenings. Enjoy the sites of Charleston as you take advantage of the four tickets included for the Fall Tour of Homes sponsored by the Preservation Society of Charleston. A perfect ending to your full day will be dinner at Rue de Jean with its fabulous French cuisine. This house, appointed with antiques and fine linens, has off-street parking.
Minimum bid: $500.

Weekend at Folly Beach. Item #10
Enjoy a long weekend on Folly Beach in this charming, three-bedroom, three-bath cottage just one block from the beach.
Minimum bid: $500

Mountain Club, Cashiers, NC. Item #11
This mountain home is located near Cashiers overlooks the lushly forested Sapphire Valley. This elegantly rustic home sleeps six in en suite bedrooms and includes full use of the clubhouse with fitness center, pool, bar, etc. Based on availability.
Minimum bid: $1,000.

The Great Outdoors

“Temple of Sport” Oyster Roast. Item #12
Located just 25 minutes from Beaufort in the heart of the ACE Basin, the Temple of Sport is a fabulously rustic location for an all-inclusive oyster roast for 25 couples (children are welcome). Get ready for a fun-filled Sunday afternoon during the oyster eating months to include a variety of activities such as skeet shooting, nature walks, bird watching or even gator trapping.
Minimum bid: $800.

Sail the High Seas. Item #13
This four-hour cruise of the Beaufort waterways will be the highlight of your spring or fall season. Make it a luncheon, cocktail or dinner cruise. Your trip will be on either the 85-foot Enticer or the 104-foot Freedom, both of which hold up to 40 people. Your trip is based on availability and is exclusive of catering, beverage and crew gratuity. The boats may be viewed on line at
Minimum bid: $2,500.

Quail Hunt at Chelsea Plantation. Item #14
A morning hunt on mule-drawn wagons is for a party of four. Following the hunt you will be treated to an outdoor lunch served in a Lowcountry setting overlooking Hazzard Creek and surrounded by Chelsea’s famous camellia gardens.
Minimum bid: $1,200.

Turkey Hunt at Turkey Hill. Item #15
You will not want to miss this opportunity for a guided turkey hunt for one at the famous Turkey Hill Plantation. Turkey season starts on March 15th and continues until May 1st. Gobble-Gobble!
Minimum bid: $150.

In-Shore Fishing Trip. Item #16
Two of you will enjoy this in-shore fishing trip whether fly fishing or spinning is your preference. All tackle and gear is provided for this half-day getaway to Redfish or Cobia hotspots.
Minimum bid: $250.

Garden Outing in Charleston with Jay Weidner. Item #17
This trip for six is an all-day excursion to Charleston in pursuit of the best in gardening with noted landscape designer Jay Weidner. Come visit the finest garden center in South Carolina, a John’s Island herb farm, a plantation of annuals and perennials, and a private downtown garden. Transportation and lunch at Hominy Grill are included.
Minimum Bid: $350.

Nemours Plantation Tour. Item #18
This is a rare opportunity for up to six people to enjoy a morning of bird watching and sightseeing in the beautiful ACE Basin at Nemours Plantation located on the Combahee river. The staff of Nemours Wildlife Foundation will build this trip to suit your interests. After your tour you will enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds.
Minimum Bid: $400.

Oyster Roast on Capers Creek. Item #19
This fall, or winter, enjoy an oyster roast for 14 on Capers Creek on St. Helenas Island. You will also be served chili and hot dogs with all the trimmings. The setting for this event will be the outdoor pavilion, known as the Cook Shed, so whatever the weather, you will stay dry and be able to enjoy the roaring fireplace. A full bar is included.
Minimum bid: $400

Be on the lookout for more fabulous items available in the auction at Historic Beaufort Foundation’s
Lafayette Soiree

For more informtaion on these items or to purchase tickets, call 843-476-6537
or visit

Please remember that Historic Beaufort Foundation is a membership organization and memberships are critical to helping continuing our work. If you’re interested in becoming a member or would like to renew, please call 843-379-3331 or visit

DRAFT Minutes of Last Meeting

April 18, 2013

Lauren Kelly has submitted a draft of the Minutes for the April 9th meeting. Please review.
DRAFT Minutes of the BCHRC Meeting