Scouts Bring Ease to Historic Hilton Head Island Site



The oldest building on Hilton Head Island has a brand-new addition, thanks to an Eagle Scout project. And the beneficiaries are anyone interested in the island’s history.

Scout Jacob Palchak and his Troop 245 built and installed eight benches and a lectern next to the Baynard Mausoleum, off the William Hilton Parkway at Mathews Drive. This addition allows the Heritage Library, which owns the site, to offer comfortable presentations about the island’s historic patriots, planters and other pioneers.

The benches, built at Jacob Palchak’s house, are set into concrete foundations.  The lectern is portable. The materials were donated or offered at a reduced rate by Espy Lumber on Hilton Head Island.

The Bargain Box of Hilton Head Island donated the funding for the construction of the speaker’s platform, constructed by local contractor Kyle Mulligan.  In addition, the Van Landingham Rotary donated the funds needed to add electricity to the site for a speaker system and lighting for programs.

The Baynard Mausoleum was built in 1846 (more than 60 years before the Boy Scouts came into existence) as part of the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery. The chapel is gone but historic graves remain.

The Heritage Library presents tours of the site every Friday at 10 a.m. To sign up, go to or call 843-686-6560. You can use these same contact points to contribute to the non-profit library’s campaign to restore and maintain the mausoleum and cemetery.

Jacob, 16, has been accepted to the Governor’s School for Math and Science in Hartsville, South Carolina where he will complete his last two years of high school.  He lives in Hilton Head Plantation with his parents, Dori and Alan Palchak.

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[construction photo] In the heat of July, Boy Scouts and some of their family members install benches they built to provide visitor seating at the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery on Hilton Head Island. The Heritage Library, which owns the cemetery, provides tours every Friday morning.

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[seated group photo] Scouts community project workers included (front row, from left) Parker Liggett, Nathan Deas, Tyler Lucas, Jacob Palchak and Nick Deas, (back row), Max Page, Mike Lucas, Jacob’s grandfather Henry Santjer, and chief engineer Barnaby Page. Scoutmaster Dwayne Reindl was away when the photo was taken July 16.

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[completion photo] Eagle Scout Jacob Palchak stands at the new lectern and checks out the benches built and installed by his troop for visitors to the Baynard Mausoleum (behind him) at the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery on Hilton Head Island.

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