South Carolina Living April 2022

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21 Let freedom ring

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The Aug. 16, 1780, Battle of Camden set into motion key events that led to victory in the American Revolution, reason enough for the people of Kershaw County to share with pride their rich history in the fight for freedom.


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16 Fuel for thought Step inside a restored 1937 Sinclair service station to absorb the diverse culture and history on display at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage.


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What do you get when you ask some of South Carolina’s brightest young minds to solve problems facing rural communities? In a word—innovation.

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Loaded mac and cheese Turn your favorite side dish into the main course with these recipes from Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan.


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Let freedom ring Camden and Kershaw County celebrate the American Revolution SC RECIPE

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Camden and Kershaw County embrace the history of America’s fight for freedom. Photo by Mic Smith.

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Pictured from left: S.C. State University Interim President Alexander Conyers, Dr. Emily England Clyburn Honors College Dean Dr. Harriet Roland, Jordan Brown, Jerdashia Scott, Simien Chestnut, Tri-County Electric Cooperative CEO Chad Lowder and Tri-County Electric Cooperative Director of Marketing & Energy Services Wilford Thompson.

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initiative (complete with an app) to make students, faculty and staff aware of the risks and to provide crime prevention tips. “It’s great to see young South Carolinians apply their education, talent and drive to the issues facing rural communities,” says Mike Couick, president and CEO of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. “Both of these projects represent the creativity and critical problem-solving we hoped to inspire when we launched the Pay it Forward initiative.” The projects were judged by a panel of community leaders including U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, Post & Courier reporter Avery Wilks, S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, the Rev. Charles Jackson of Brookland Baptist Church, and Sue Berkowitz of the S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Foundation. For more on the Pay it Forward initiative, visit



WHAT DO YOU GET when you ask some of South Carolina’s brightest young minds to take a fresh look at our toughest problems? In a word—innovation. With the inaugural Pay it Forward competition, South Carolina’s statewide association of electric cooperatives challenged students at the state’s largest Honors College programs to brainstorm solutions to pressing social and economic problems in rural communities. A team of students from the Clemson University Honors Program claimed the top scholarship prize of $5,000 for their plan to create mobile dental clinics to serve rural residents who do not have access to regular dental care. Trina Pham of Mauldin, Micah Jordan of Easley, and Aiden Tombuelt of Spartanburg outlined plans to outfit and staff mobile clinics and identified multiple partner organizations and funding sources. Simien Chestnut of Saint Matthews, Jerdashia Scott of Spartanburg, and Jordan Brown of New Zion—students in S.C. State University’s Dr. Emily England Clyburn Honors College— were awarded a $1,000 scholarship for their team report, “Getting Crime Rates Down in Rural South Carolina.” The students researched crime patterns near historically black colleges and universities and proposed a community partnership

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A hero remembers anniversary of one of my best days as part of the electric cooperative movement. On April 11, 2012, South Carolina’s electric cooperatives sponsored an Honor Flight where 100 veterans of World War II flew to Washington, D.C., to visit the monuments erected in their honor. Co-op representatives, including me, were among the contingent that went along as guardians. It was powerful and moving for all of us to witness these heroes being celebrated. For many of those veterans, it was a last opportunity to receive such a level of deserved appreciation. Most of them have passed on since that day, but we have found several Richard Damron, wearing the 3rd Marine Division hat he wore on the 2012 Honor Flight, shows a photo who are still with us. One of them is captured while he spoke to a group of middle school students from Utah on the trip. Richard Damron. If you’ve been a faithful reader of this column for the past decade, you may remember that After finishing his tour in Guam and China, Damron was Mr. Damron made an impression on me at the Tomb of the discharged in 1946 and returned home to marry his first love, Unknown Soldier. That day, he told a group of middle school Jerrie. The two will soon celebrate 76 years of marriage. students from Utah, at the prompting of their teacher, about He returned to military service, this time as a radar operahis experience on Iwo Jima as his 3rd Marine Division helped tor in the Air Force, from which he retired in 1966. secure the island for the Allies. By 2012, he and Jerrie had moved to York to be near their “I just remember telling them that this is a wonderful children. He had always wanted to go to Arlington, Virginia, country,” Damron recounted in February. “We did it for them, and visit the Marine Corps Memorial, which depicts the iconic and it is in their hands what happens in the future.” flag raising on Mount Suribachi. Once he heard about the Now 96, Damron’s recollections of that day in Washington, Honor Flight through his cooperative, York Electric, he didn’t as well as the battle in the Pacific, remain sharp and prohesitate to apply. Ten years later, it’s still a memory he holds dear. found. He says his brigade landed about five days after “It was a wonderful, wonderful trip,” he says. “The honor the American flag was mounted atop Mount Suribachi. He of associating with 100 people who did the same thing, had remembers the black, volcanic sand was so fine it would fall the same feeling that I had—you just can’t take that away.” back into the holes American troops were digging. He remembers the carnage and its stench from one of the war’s deadliest battles, something he says no 19-year-old should have to witness. But he also remembers being restored by the vision of his country’s flag waving above them. “You could get up out of your foxhole and look up on Mount Suribachi,” he says. “Normally, there was enough of a breeze that it was unfurled. Such a beautiful piece of red, MIKE COUICK President and CEO, white and blue cloth. It made me feel love for America.” The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina THIS MONTH MARKS THE 10TH




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Five questions to ask your home inspector BY MIRANDA BOUTELLE


I’m planning to buy a new home this year, and I want to know how efficient it is. What questions should I ask my home inspector? PH OTOS BY M A R K G I LLI L A N D

Many factors go into buying a home. For most people, energy efficiency does not top the list, and unfortunately, houses don’t typically come with energy-efficiency ratings. It can be difficult for a buyer to know how efficient a home is when viewing the listing online or taking a tour. But your home inspector can help you identify potential energy costs and energyefficiency upgrades. Some homes may already be efficient, while others may need improvements. There’s nothing wrong with buying an inefficient home, but you will want to know what you’re getting into and that you can afford the energy costs once you get the keys. Here are five questions to ask your home inspector:

p You’ll want to know the age and efficiency of the home’s HVAC system—the largest energy user and often the most expensive equipment in the home. t Ask your home inspector if the electrical panel

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and replacement costs. If the HVAC system is old, consider the cost of a replacement. How old is the water heater?

What is the condition of the electrical panel and wiring throughout the home?

A panel upgrade or rewiring can be a costly endeavor. An older panel and wiring aren’t inefficient, but it can delay or make some energy-efficiency projects more expensive. In several homes I have worked on, older wiring had to be replaced before insulation could be added. Make sure the panel can accommodate any new appliances you might want to add, such as air conditioning or an electric vehicle charger. How old is the HVAC system, and how efficient is it? Has it been maintained?

The typical lifespan of an HVAC system is 15 to 25 years. As the largest energy user and often the most expensive equipment in the home, you will want to know the energy, maintenance 10

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your new home needs insulation and air sealing, make this your efficiency priority. The sooner you do it, the more energy you will save over time. Are there any extras in this home that will increase my utility bills?

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Making dollars and sense of energy efficiency BY PAUL WESSLUND

story of energy-efficient technolcan cause confusion. Some see ogy improvements. By spendit as a way to a cleaner environing $5 to $10 on an LED bulb (compared to about $1 for an old ment. Others see extra expense incandescent), you get a prodand inconvenience. Sorting out those views gets uct that uses 75% less electriceven more complicated as techity and, incidentally, can last 20 years compared to about a year nology gives us a dizzying array for an incandescent bulb. The of choices for using electricity, Department of Energy estimates from smart thermostats to varietthe average home could save more ies of light bulbs. than $200 a year by replacing The basic idea of energy effi­incandescent bulbs with LEDs. ciency is simple—use less energy Maybe the best news of all to do the same amount of work, is that as efficient products imsaving you money on your electric bills. prove and gain popularity, they’re Here’s where it gets confusing. not always more expensive. Efficiency improvements in refrigerators are cutting their energy use Sometimes you have to pay more Many cheaper appliance modin half about every 15 years. If your fridge is more than 20 years old, for something that’s considered els have similar annual operating replacing it with a new high-efficiency model could save you $300 in energy efficient. It costs more costs compared with the pricier operating costs over the next five years. upfront but may save money in versions. the long run. That may sound Two key tips for turning energy illogical at first, like the old phrase, “You efficiency into dollars are to know what Sometimes you have to have to spend money to make money.” you want from your energy use and to pay more for something But it makes sense after you think about do your homework. Products come with it for a minute—most moneymaking a wide range of features that cost extra that’s considered energy and may actually be less efficient—do projects require an initial upfront investyou want a refrigerator that offers the ment, whether it’s a factory or a lemonefficient. It costs more best efficiency, or do you want to pay ade stand. upfront but may save more for a less-efficient model that has From computers to major appliances, an ice dispenser in the door? manufacturers are increasing the energy money in the long run. And ask for help. Your local electric efficiency of their products. According to co-op has energy experts who can tell the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy you how to make the best use of electricStar-rated appliances can save you 10% “Smart power strips” also show how to 50% of the energy required for stanspending now on efficiency can make ity. To compare efficiency among applimoney in the future. Keeping your dard models that don’t receive the ances, look for the yellow Energy Guide phone charger and other electronic Energy Star sticker. When you consider label, which shows information like estidevices plugged in can consume electricthat most major appliances last 10 years, mated annual operating costs. Explore those savings can stack up over time. ity even after they’re fully charged or not the website for online calcuEven more savings are in store by rein use. A smart power strip cuts off the lators and additional resources that can help you turn efficiency data into real placing older appliances that weren’t built electricity once charging is complete. A with today’s efficiency standards in mind. smart strip costs about $40, and, depend- savings on your energy bills. Improvements in refrigerators are cuting on your electric rates and how much charging you do, it could save as much ting their energy use in half about every PAUL WESSLUND writes on consumer and 15 years. So, if your fridge is more than 20 as $40 a year on your electric bills, recov- cooperative affairs for the National Rural years old, replacing it with a new high-efElectric Cooperative Association, the ering your initial investment almost national trade association representing right away. ficiency model could save you $300 in opmore than 900 local electric cooperatives. Light bulbs offer the most dramatic erating costs over the next five years. THE TERM “ENERGY EFFICIENCY”




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D E D A LO mac and cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and saute onion, bell pepper and sausage until vegetables are soft and sausage starts to brown, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Set aside. In another large skillet or Dutch oven, melt butter. Add flour, whisking constantly, to form a roux. Whisk in milk and continue stirring until mixture starts to get thick. Whisk in seasoning until well blended. Remove from heat and stir in pepper jack and cheddar cheese until melted. Gently fold in vegetable mixture, shrimp and pasta. Pour into a 13-by-9-inch ovenproof dish. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the top. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Garnish with chopped parsley.




It’s safe to say that mac and cheese is just about everyone’s favorite side dish. But it doesn’t have to stop there. Now it’s time to take it a step further and turn it into a meal in itself. With the addition of your favorite meats and vegetables, mac and cheese just got elevated to an entree. Add a salad, some crusty bread and enjoy!

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 2 small red bell peppers, chopped 1 14-ounce package smoked andouille sausage, chopped 1 large clove garlic, minced 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 tablespoons allpurpose flour 4 cups milk 2 teaspoons Cajun or blackened seasoning

2 cups grated pepper jack cheese 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined and sauteed 1 16-ounce box elbow pasta, cooked according to package instructions 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup panko breadcrumbs ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnish



1 pound thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 red bell pepper, chopped 6 scallions, chopped 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 cups milk Kosher salt White ground pepper

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon oregano 2 cups grated provolone cheese 1 cup grated sharp cheddar 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 16-ounce box cavatappi, cooked according to package instructions Sliced scallions, for garnish


½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided 4 tablespoons 1 16-ounce box unsalted butter corkscrew pasta, 4 tablespoons allcooked according to purpose flour package instructions 3 cups milk 2 cups cooked 1 cup chicken stock boneless, skinless Kosher salt chicken, cubed or White ground pepper shredded Pinch, nutmeg 2 cups broccoli florets (steamed to al dente) ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼ cup plain breadcrumbs 3 cups grated sharp cheddar




For individual servings, pour into ramekins or a large muffin pan and bake 15 minutes.


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Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium skillet, heat oil and saute pepper and scallions until soft, about 3 minutes. Set aside. In a large skillet, melt butter. Add flour, whisking constantly, to form a roux. Whisk in milk and continue stirring until mixture starts to get thick. Whisk in salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper and oregano. Continue whisking 3–4 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses until melted. Lightly fold in bacon, sauteed vegetables and pasta. Bake in same skillet for 25 minutes until bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Garnish with sliced scallions.

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour, whisking constantly, to form a roux. Whisk in milk and stock. Continue stirring until mixture starts to get thick. Whisk in salt, white pepper, nutmeg and cayenne pepper, and continue whisking 3–4 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in half of cheeses until melted. Fold in the cooked pasta and pour into a sprayed 13-by-9-inch ovenproof dish. Top with chicken and broccoli, and sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese. In a small bowl, combine remaining Parmesan with breadcrumbs and lightly sprinkle on top. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving. Instead of steaming the broccoli, add it to the pasta water for the last 3–4 minutes of cook time.


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Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage offers an inclusive look at local culture TEXT AND PHOTOS BY ANDREW HAWORTH

in Jasper County on Highway 17 might feel like they’ve been transported back in time when they catch a glimpse of the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage. The immaculately restored 1937 Sinclair service station features a pair of antique gas pumps cheerfully touting “Dino” gas. The bright white exterior and red roof welcome guests inside, where they are invited to learn about South Carolina’s Lowcountry, free of charge. Since 2015, the Morris Center has celebrated the history and culture of the region, primarily Hampton, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. The museum features rotating exhibitions and one permanent display, “The Battle of Honey Hill,” that tells the story of a Civil War battle that occurred only about three miles away. “Enjoy the culture the community has to offer,” Executive Director Tamara Herring says. “And be willing to learn about other cultures.” The center’s current main exhibition, “Soul of the South,” is running until June 2022 and tells the story of how musical genres—native American, gospel, jazz, blues, country and

REPURPOSED ARCHITECTURE This restored 1937 Sinclair service station in Ridgeland now serves up the history and culture of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.



MUSICAL INTRIGUE The Morris Center’s Kayleigh Vaughn, right, speaks with visitors Andrea and Gene Bigelow of Sun City and their daughter Maureen Harris about the main exhibit running until this June, “Soul of the South,” which tells the story of how various music genres define Southern culture.

folk—came to define Southern culture. “We’re a melting pot. These around a table built by sculptor Jordan Morris. Twelve S.C. filmmakers, all The exhibition was a natural fit for the musical genres come from women, contributed short interpretive culturally diverse region, says Kayleigh films of the honorees that play on a loop Vaughn, director of exhibitions and this collaborative spirit.” in the gallery. programs. —KAYLEIGH VAUGHN, DIRECTOR OF EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS “With this exhibit, we wanted to high“We’re a melting pot,” Vaughn says. “These musical genres come from this light the diversity of our community and collaborative spirit.” present some exciting, vibrant artists The exhibit celebrates the importance of juke joints, where whose stories need to be heard,” Herring says. people gathered to listen to music, many of which were blackDeveloped by The Athenaeum Press, “A War on Two owned establishments. The word “juke”—meaning “wicked”— Fronts” documents the experiences of the 1.4 million African Americans fighting during World War II. Visitors can listen to comes from the Lowcountry’s Gullah culture, Vaughn says. original audio and video interviews, look at archival photos The exhibition includes artifacts ranging from early African and documents, and learn about Buffalo and Blue Helmet instruments to Native American drums, a jukebox, and many soldiers who are featured in the exhibit. This exhibition runs panels featuring local stories and images of South Carolina through Aug. 13. musicians, radio stations and concert halls. The permanent “Battle of Honey Hill” exhibition features The heritage of Ridgeland itself is woven into the fabric artifacts, a display of both Confederate and Union uniforms, of American music. Well-known instrument manufacturer text panels illustrating the timeline of the battle, a video, and Gretsch operates a plant in Ridgeland that makes drums. a detailed diorama. They are a sponsor of “Soul of the South,” and some of During Maj. Gen. William Sherman’s march through South their instruments are on display along with a history of the Carolina, a Union expedition led by Brig. Gen. John Hatch company. attempted to cut off the Charleston and Savannah Railroad. A new traveling exhibit, “The Supper Table,” is scheduled Union troops encountered a determined Confederate blockto be on display July 9 through Dec. 31, honoring historical South Carolina women whose contributions to American ade at Honey Hill, a few miles from Grahamville, led by culture have gone largely uncelebrated. On loan from The Col. Charles Colcock. During a day of fighting, more than Jasper Project, the exhibit gives its subjects a literal “seat at 80 Union soldiers perished—10 times that of the Confederthe table” with portraits by artist Kirkland Smith arranged ates​—but the battle was considered a stalemate that merely SCLIVING.COOP | APRIL 2022 | SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING



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BATTLE STATIONS Kayleigh Vaughn, left, shows off a diorama portraying the Civil War’s Battle of Honey Hill, fought about three miles away, in the center’s permanent display. Other displays and artifacts round out the exhibit.

­exhibition featuring historical delayed the eventual Union capture Nearly half of the soldiers in the accounts from local World War II of Savannah. Battle of Honey Hill were African veterans. Notably, nearly half the sol“Many people see this as an diers in this battle were African Americans from the 54th and 55th ongoing place to learn, to grow, to Americans from the 54th and 55th socialize, to try new things, and Massachusetts regiments and the Massachusetts regiments and above all, to be welcomed,” says U.S. Colored Troops, Vaughn says. the U.S. Colored Troops. Natoli, a retired teacher. “The A black soldier who fought in the center has worked very hard to be battle, Andrew Jackson Smith, was all-inclusive—honoring diverse ethnic groups and highlighting post­humously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2001. To supplement the physical exhibits, the museum fretheir contributions to our way of life.” Recent visitor Gene Bigelow, a Sun City resident who has quently offers classes and lectures tied to regional history. lived in the South for more than 50 years, says museums help Workshops are offered on drawing, painting, indigo dyeing, visitors “get to the heart of a place.” He was joined by his mosaics, bookbinding and more. Activities are generally free wife, Andrea, and daughter Maureen Harris. or offered at a very low cost. “That’s why places like this are important, because they The Morris Center was the dream of Danny Morris, a give the identity of where we come from,” Bigelow says. “It’s local businessman who grew up in the Tillman community such an exciting place—the thrill of seeing these artifacts, the near Ridgeland. Morris opened an antique refinishing busihistory here, talking with people—plus we come up for the ness, restored old buildings and was an active member of the Jasper County Historical Society. He especially wanted to prelectures and presentations they have.” “We’re all history buffs. We came over for the Battle of serve the history and culture of the Lowcountry. He passed Honey Hill exhibition,” Harris says. “It’s very nicely presented, away in 2005 at age 53, but as part of his legacy, the Morris and there’s always something interesting to learn about these Center was founded to celebrate the region’s past, present and events that occurred.” future. His vision remains the “guiding light” for the center’s The museum is looking to expand with additional renoadministration. “He just wanted to ensure the residents in the community vations and facilities in the future, Herring says. Since the he called home would have access to the same history that start of the pandemic, many sessions and lectures have gone enriched his life,” Herring says. virtual. While the museum is back open for in-person visits, Morris Center advisory board member Leslie Natoli says they do plan to continue virtual lectures to bring in guests the museum’s contributions to the community “cannot be who may be located far away. All the previous virtual content understated.” Her favorite exhibits have been “Black Gold,” can be viewed on their Facebook page. which featured handmade award-winning quilts from black “We just want to continue to grow and offer the commuartists in South Carolina, and the “Homegrown Heroes” nity what they need,” Herring says. 18


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Sidney Frazier Johns Island. He’s the master gardener and the vice president of horticulture at Middleton Place (, where he earned the moniker King of Camellias. PLANTING THE SEED: Raised Baptist, Frazier founded a nondenominational church, Full Faith Ministries, on Johns Island, where he serves as senior pastor. FAVORITE HOBBY: Fishing. His prize catch is a 28-inch spottail bass. CO-OP AFFILIATION: Frazier is a member of Berkeley Electric Cooperative. HOMETOWN:




Every gardener appreciates the beauty found in each of the four seasons, but for Sidney Frazier, master gardener at Middleton Place, spring is always a special time of year. “It’s joy,” says the man known as the King of Camellias. “Everything is starting to burst into color. It’s like a fresh start again.” For nearly 50 years, Frazier has been digging, pruning and tending to the plants at Middleton Place, the colonial-era plantation on the Ashley River, with the oldest landscaped gardens in America. His love of plants began while growing up on James Island, working alongside his grandparents. Maybelle and Herbert Lee Frazier, he says, were “modern-day sharecroppers” who grew “everything you’d find in your grocery store” and instilled in him the value of hard work. “If you want to move up in life and be successful, be respectful and value whatever you do,” Frazier says. “If you’re going to do something, put your all into it. Don’t just do it to get by.” Frazier took a summer job at Middleton Place in 1974 and promptly fell in love with the classical gardens that date back to 1741 and its 10,000 camellias, 100,000 azaleas, and countless hydrangeas, crepe myrtles and magnolias. He joined the staff full time in 1978 and today walks the paths beneath giants he planted as a teenager. His favorite plant is the winter-flowering camellia japonica, particularly the Reine des Fleurs variety, believed to be the nation’s oldest camellia, planted in 1786. The “Queen of Flowers” was a gift from the French botanist André Michaux to the Middleton family. Frazier has ensured the queen’s legacy by successfully propagating the cultivar year after year. Now 64, Frazier is contemplating retirement, but a part of him will always be rooted at Middleton Place. “I want to retire early enough to be able to enjoy this garden and see the benefit of what I’ve done,” he says. “I still have the same joy and enthusiasm walking through this garden today that I had over 40 years ago. This will always be part of my life.” —MICHAEL BANKS | PHOTO BY MILTON MORRIS


Camden and Kershaw County celebrate South Carolina’s rich Revolutionary War history HONORING HISTORY Participants portray Patriot soldiers during last year’s Battle of Camden Reenactment weekend.


for the Patriot cause, but the Aug. 16, 1780, Battle of Camden set into motion key events that led to victory in the American Revolution, reason enough for the people of Kershaw County to share with pride their rich history in the fight for freedom. In a forest of towering loblolly and longleaf pines eight miles north of Camden, Continental Army troops under Gen. Horatio Gates clashed with Redcoats under the command of Gen. Charles Cornwallis. The 45-minute battle ended with some 1,900 Americans killed, injured or captured, and the British firmly in control of the region. But it also initiated a Patriot response that ultimately forced the British to retreat to Charleston less than a year later. Today, these historical events are commemorated in a new $6 million Revolutionary War Visitor Center in Camden, on tours of the preserved Battle of Camden battlefield, through interactive tours at the Historic Camden Foundation Village, and during the annual Battle of Camden Reenactment. uu SCLIVING.COOP | APRIL 2022 | SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


“ This landmark facility is here to teach us the important role that South Carolina, Kershaw County, and the city of Camden played in securing liberty and freedom.” — ALFRED MAE DRAKEFORD, CAMDEN MAYOR

RED VERSUS BLUE Museum-style displays (and the occasional uniformed reenactor) at Camden’s Revolutionary War Visitor Center tell the story of the war in Kershaw County and South Carolina.

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Camden’s visitor center, which opened to the public last summer, provides an overview of the American Revolution and Camden’s role in that world-changing event. “This landmark facility is here to teach us all the sacrifices of so many who came before us,” Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford says. “It is here to teach us the important role that South Carolina, Kershaw County, and the city of Camden played in securing liberty and freedom.” The facility has on display artifacts like cannonballs, a musket butt plate, a Spanish silver piece, and a button from an American Continental Army uniform—all recovered from the nearby battlefield. It also features several life-sized mannequins dressed in period-accurate uniforms and holding long, muzzle-loading muskets. Videos, audio presentations, photos, drawings, paintings and a gift shop round out the ­center’s offerings. “People here in Camden have wanted something like this for a long time,” says visitor center director Rickie Good. “We are averaging from 1,000 to 1,500 visitors per month. Besides walk-in visitors, we have school groups come through to learn about our history, and we look at all aspects of the American Revolution.” For true history buffs, the center hosts Thursday Talks, evening presentations by historians who discuss everything from military history to the music, food and culture of the era. For more on these programs, see the events section at The Revolutionary War Visitor Center is located at 212 Broad Street in Camden and open Monday–Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more details, call (803) 272-0076 or visit



LIVING HISTORY On guided tours of the Historic Camden village, volunteers like Liz Canada add to the experience by wearing period clothing and demonstrating Colonialera skills like spinning and weaving.

Historic Camden Foundation Village and Camden Battlefield Preserve The entrance to the Historic Camden Foundation Village is just steps away from the new visitor center, and the 107-acre campus offers guests additional insight into Camden’s role during the revolution. The centerpiece is a replica of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House where the British general set up his headquarters during the occupation of Camden. The site also features a tavern, stables, nature trails and a working blacksmith shop. On guided tours of the house and grounds, volunteer living historians like Liz Canada and Lynn Teague wear period clothing and demonstrate weaving and spinning techniques, and—­ because war isn’t pretty—curator Nate Bazell demonstrates the crude surgical tools and techniques used to treat injured soldiers. Historic Camden also offers guided tours of the Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve, located about a 15-minute drive north of the city. Other than a few historic markers, the site is in a natural state, but Bazell’s narration on guided tours and new interpretive tools offered by the South Carolina Battleground Trust (see “The Liberty Trail,” right) bring the story of the conflict to life. Historic Camden Foundation Village is located at 222 Broad St. in Camden and open Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Admission fees vary according to the scope and length of tours. Guided tours cost $10 to $15 for adults; $8 to $13 for seniors, military with ID and students. Children ages 6 and under are admitted free. For more details, call (803) 432-9841 or visit The Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve is located at 1606 Flat Rock Road and open to the public for self-guided tours. Guided battlefield tours meet at the Historic Camden Foundation visitor center and are offered Wednesday–Saturday at 2 p.m. for $15 per person. uu

American and British forces in South Carolina clashed at about 250 locations throughout the Revolutionary War. Many of those battle sites have been lost to history as the land was farmed, sold into private hands or simply neglected. But as the United States Semiquincentennial (250-year anniversary) draws closer, two organizations are working to acquire and preserve the remaining battlegrounds for future generations. “We are buying and preserving these battle sites and turning them into parks,” says Doug Bostick, CEO of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust. “Most of these battlefields are unprotected historic sites, and that means they are not preserved in any manner.” Bostick says his organization is working with the American Battlefield Trust to preserve some 2,500 acres across the state and develop more than 80 locations where fighting between British and Americans occurred. More than 30 already preserved sites are now connected by an interpretive path called the Liberty Trail. Various tools are available to make visits to battlefields more engaging, including a new smartphone app offering self-guided battlefield tours with maps, photos, audible narrations and augmented reality features. Released in February 2021, the app is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. In Camden, plans are underway to build an open-air pavilion at the Camden Battlefield Preserve and install 20 audio recordings of actors portraying men such as British Gen. Lord Charles Cornwallis, American Gen. Horatio Gates, as well as privates and noncommissioned officers. “We call it ‘Voices of Camden.’ We have taken first-person accounts and have had actors play those roles,” says Bostick. “It’s thrilling to be able to share incredible places where it feels possible to touch the past.”

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Visitors are free to roam and interact with the participants in the replica Colonial camp, ­learning about the American Revolution with all five senses. CLASS IS IN SESSION Thousands of visitors turn out each year to roam the Colonial encampment at the Battle of Camden Reenactment (above). The mock battle is a loud, smoky and bustling affair that includes cannons, musket fire and a cavalry charge.

Battle of Camden Reenactment


Standing tall The Battle of Camden forever changed the fates of two notable Patriots. As the tide turned toward the British, Gen. Horatio Gates fled on horseback, but his second in command, Gen. Baron Johann de Kalb, remained and fought gallantly, suffering nearly a dozen bayonet wounds. Learn how de Kalb’s legacy lives on in Camden at


Each fall, scores of living historians turn out for the annual Battle of Camden Reenactment in Kershaw County, where they set up a replica Colonial camp by wearing period-­accurate clothing, sleeping in cloth tents, cooking over wood fires, and demonstrating the life skills of the 1780s. Visitors are free to roam and interact with the participants, ­learning about the American Revolution with all five senses. One of the 2021 vendors, Justin Cherry, had visitors lined up to buy fresh bread, baked on-site in his 3-ton clay oven, a cooking style that was popular in the 18th century. On Sunday, the last day of the three-day event, Parson John Jarboe from Bowling Green, Kentucky, led church ­services with parishioners seated outdoors on bales of hay and wooden benches. Jarboe read from a 1725 King James Bible before offering his morning sermon. The highlight of the weekend is the Battle of Camden reenactments, staged on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, by dedicated reenactors who travel from around the country to portray the British and Patriot soldiers. The event takes place on an open field where the reenactors fire replica muskets and cannons (real gun powder but no bullets or shells), swing curved sabers while on horseback, and race at each other with fixed bayonets. Soon the air is charged with dust and gun smoke and the sounds of marching drums and the voices of officers yelling orders, straining to be heard over the din of combat. The chaotic scene offers only a glimpse into what it must have been like on that August morning in 1780. The Battle of Camden Reenactment takes place at 1208 Keys Lane in Kershaw each November. Exact dates, times and admission fees for the 2022 event were not available as this issue went to press. Advance purchase tickets will be available in September. For more information, visit


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Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, Anderson. (864) 309‑6618 or 6–7 Pickens Azalea Festival, downtown, Pickens. (864) 301‑1798 or 6–8 Artisphere, downtown, Greenville. (864) 283‑6825 or 6–15 Sister Act, Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787 or 7 Reedy River Duck Derby, Falls Park, Greenville. (864) 775‑1070 or 8 Liberty BBQ & Jeep Fest, downtown, Liberty. (864) 506‑0737.




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Through, South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 799‑3387 or 22–23 12th Annual Blythewood DOKO Rodeo, Community Park Arena, Blythewood. 23 The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. (803) 436‑2616 or 23 Orangeburg Bark in the Park, Orangeburg County Fairgrounds, Orangeburg. (803) 707‑0430. 24 30th Artista Vista, Congaree Vista district, Columbia. (803) 269‑5946 or

Joslyn & The Sweet Compression are scheduled to perform at the 2022 SpringSkunk Music Fest. 29–30 South Carolina

Square and Round Dance State Convention, Brookland Banquet & Conference Center, West Columbia. 30 Aiken Electric Cooperative Touchstone Energy RUN UNITED, Newberry St. Festival Area, Aiken. (803) 649‑6245 or 30 Kid’s Day of Lexington, Virginia Hylton Park, Lexington. (803) 356‑8554 or 30 Family Food + Fun Outdoor Expo, Columbia Museum of Art’s Boyd Plaza, Columbia. (803) 781‑5940. 30 Spring Community Yard Sale, Old McCaskill’s Farm, Rembert. (803) 432‑9537. MAY

1–30 Mimi Inman Exhibit,

Aiken County Visitors Center, Aiken. (803) 642‑7557 or 5 Violins of Hope Presented with Sumter County Museum, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436‑2616 or 6 A Taste of Newberry, downtown, Newberry. (803) 321‑1015 or 7 Peach Blossom Festival, downtown, Johnston. 7 Rosewood Crawfish Festival, State Fairgrounds, Columbia. 12–14 South Carolina Poultry Festival, downtown, BatesburgLeesville. 14 Spring Into Sesqui 5K, Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia. (803) 788‑2706. 15 Sing Out America, Aiken’s First Baptist Church, Aiken. (803) 649‑6570 or 18 The 5th Dimension, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436‑2616 or 27 Great Scot! Parade, downtown, Greenville. 27–29 Iris Festival, Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter. (803) 436‑2500 or


28 Greenville Scottish Games, Furman University, Travelers Rest.

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16 Easter Egg Hunt, Kaminski House Museum, Georgetown. (843) 546‑7706 or 16 Eggstravaganza, Moore Farms Botanical Gardens, Lake City. (843) 210‑7592 or 19 Virtually Speaking: Through the Lens of Cecil J. Williams, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227 or 21 Lowcountry Jazz Day presents Abdiel Iriarte Experiment, Grace McNally Trio & The Plantation Singers, Marcus Amaker & Ron Wiltrout and Edwin G. Hamilton Quintet, Forte Jazz Lounge, Charleston (843) 641‑0011 or 21–30 Society of Stranders Spring Safari, various locations, Myrtle Beach. 22 The Poetic Side of South Carolina, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227 or 22–23, 25–30 Garden Open: It’s All About the Art, Moore Farms Botanical Gardens, Lake City. (843) 210‑7592 or 23 Earth Day Celebration, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235‑6000 or 23 Evening Wine Walk, Moore Farms Botanical Gardens, Lake City. (843) 210‑7592 or 23 Mullet Haul Trail Run, Johns Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795‑4386 or 23–24 Art Market, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689‑6767 or MAY

1 Pedal Hilton Head Island,

Celebration Park, Hilton Head Island. 3–29 In The Heights, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island. (843) 842‑2787 or

4–8 North Charleston Arts Fest, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. (843) 740‑5854 or 6–8 Charleston Greek Festival, Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Charleston. 7 19th Annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day, Philip Simmons High School, Charleston. (843) 410‑3585 or 7 Great Guns on the Ashley Artillery Demonstration, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852‑4200. 7 Hats Off: Spring Tea, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227 or 13–15 AtomaCon, Hilton Garden Inn, North Charleston. 14 Eye of the Beholder: The Music of Chick Corea, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston. (843) 641‑0011 or 14 Wine Stroll, Moore Farms Botanical Gardens, Lake City. (843) 210‑7592 or 14–15 World Famous Blue Crab Festival, Historic Little River Waterfront, Little River. (843) 249‑6604 or 17 Virtually Speaking: WWI and SC Home Front, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227 or 20–21 Johnsonville Heritage Festival, E. Broadway St., Johnsonville. (843) 625‑0894 or 21 Caricature Workshop, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227 or 21 Market in May, Moore Farms Botanical Gardens, Lake City. (843) 210‑7592 or 27–29 Original Gullah Festival, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront, Beaufort. (843) 525‑0628 or ONGOING

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Center, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227 or

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| gardener FRAGRANT FINERY Acidanthera, a close relative to gladiolus, is fragrant and deerresistant. Planting this month will yield a colorful and sweetscented array this summer.

APRIL IN THE GARDEN n South Carolina veggie gardeners, it’s time to get those homegrown, warm-season goodies in the ground. Summer sun worshippers such as snap beans, watermelons, tomatoes, squash, cantaloupes, field peas, cucumbers and peppers can all be planted this month. n Don’t apply high-nitrogen fertilizer to such plants as cotoneaster, blackberry, quince, apple, and pyracantha because it could encourage new growth that develops too quickly, making young limbs more susceptible to fire blight.




BOOK KEEPER Crinum is a new book by South Carolina’s own Jenks Farmer, the man behind some of the state’s top botanical gardens.

TIP OF THE MONTH Crinum is a bulbous beauty that mystifies many gardeners, but this fog of unfamiliarity is lifted by South Carolina’s own Jenks Farmer with his new book, Crinum. Farmer, the designer and former director of Riverbanks Botanical Garden, as well as present owner of Jenks Farmer, Plantsman crinum farm in Aiken, takes readers on a fun, informative romp, detailing how to grow crinums and pick the right ones for almost any garden. Additionally, it is Farmer’s first-person, personal journey of discovery into the delightful world of crinums, making this book a definite garden library keeper. Copies can be ordered on Amazon and at, which is also a great online source for crinum bulbs. 36

that rates an “A” in Infrequently Used Plants That Deserve More Attention 101, it would be acidanthera (Acidanthera sp.). Introduced from eastern Africa, these gladiolus-related pretties have been seen in Southern flower borders since the late 1800s. But after well over a century in gardens on this side of the Atlantic, how many people do you know who grow acidanthera? Probably not too many. I have a theory about this undeserved infrequent use: Even though its alt-name “peacock orchid” is properly poetic, the more commonly used appellation “acidanthera” does sound a bit like a raggedy 1960s Haight-Ashbury rock opera. Well, if you can get past their name, grab some of these pretties. At this time of year, they won’t be hard to find either at garden shops or online—heck, I’ve occasionally even found them at dollar stores, which should give you an idea of what a bargain they are. While inexpensive, acidanthera isn’t cheap on looks. After being planted in the spring, its corms soon send up slender, sword-like shoots that top out at about two to three feet high. Then, in midsummer, it’s showtime,



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as long spikes rise up and support nodding clusters of shimmering white, six-­petaled blooms with throats streaked in rich burgundy. And the flowers are fragrant—with an intensity that depends on what time it is. Usually slightly scented in the morning and midafternoon, acidantheras’ captivating perfume grows stronger as the sun wanes and dusk descends. Want more from this pleasant olfactory experience? Plant in masses close to an entryway or garden path. April is a prime time to plant acidanthera. Its corms should be set about three inches deep and five inches apart in a well-worked, loamy location that receives morning and early afternoon sun with light, high shade later in the day, if possible. Since acidantheras like good drainage, also consider getting up close and pleasingly personal with them by growing the corms in pots ­strategically located in spots on your deck or outdoor patio. You will probably get a good flower flaunt from newly planted acidantheras this year, but to keep the show going strong and prevent overcrowding, divide the corms about every three to four years in early spring. In sight and scent, acidantheras can be a pleasant experience for gardeners, but add a “Plus” to their “A” rating because they are also deer-resistant. L.A. JACKSON is the former editor of Carolina Gardener magazine. Contact him at


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Texas seeks trigger fingers BY JAN A. IGOE


this, the notorious “Hank the Tank” might be in custody, but his crime spree has captured the imagination of bears everywhere. Until he moves to Myrtle Beach, I’ll be rooting for him. You remember the notorious Goldilocks crime spree, where a young girl—presumably acting alone—terrorized a bear’s home. She broke in, stole food, destroyed furniture, and vandalized their bedrooms. The bears caught her red-handed, but she was never prosecuted and may still be at large. It took a while, but now the bears want revenge. Hank is a 500-pound black bear roaming the affluent Lake Tahoe region of California. At first, authorities presumed he was solely responsible for more than 30 Goldilocks-style home invasions. A 500-pound bear can do a lot more damage than a 50-pound girl, so Hank is on the run. But new DNA evidence has led authorities to conclude that Hank isn’t the only bear who broke bad. He had accomplices. In terms of property damage, black bears are rank amateurs compared to feral pigs, which are a huge issue for farmers everywhere, including South Carolina. If there’s any crop they won’t eat, farmers have yet to find it. Whenever wildlife becomes a problem, it’s always a good idea to ask, “What would Texas do?” Texas only pretends to be a state. It’s more like a foreign country—America’s personal Outback, where everybody over age 4 has a hunting license and is probably packing. With 2 million feral pigs taking over the state, 38

Whenever wildlife becomes a problem, it’s always a good idea to ask, “What would Texas do?” Texans aren’t shy about defending themselves. They took to the sky. In Texas, you can rent a helicopter to mount an aerial assault. If you never got to be a door gunner in ’Nam, this is your chance. The pigs don’t shoot back (yet), and landowners are delighted to have you hunt them. Take a few coyotes, too. They call it “porkchoppering,” and it’s not for the faint of wallet. A few hours of pig culling can set you back thousands. The deluxe package from HeliBacon, a company that offers hunting expeditions, runs $35,800, and they’ll supply the machine guns. “You bring the trigger finger,” their website says. In Texas, hunting isn’t just a guy thing. Several armed women have become Instagram heroes. Not only do they shoot dinner, but they also find new ways to cook it. When a man shoots an animal, the recipes are pretty straightforward: Shoot an elk: Serve elk burgers.


Shoot a buck: Serve buck burgers. Shoot a boar: Serve boar burgers. Add beer, and you’ve got a three-course meal (yes, the bun counts). But hunters of the female persuasion have that pesky Martha Stewart thing that compels them to marinate anything they shoot with at least 17 ingredients, pair it with truffles and present it alongside linen napkins on a charging plate. Women take it further: Shoot an elk: Serve pumpkin rosemary elk crepes. Shoot a buck: Serve buck bourguignon with pineapple salsa. Shoot a boar: Serve boar Wellington over saffron risotto. Since I faint when a blister pops, none of this appeals to me. Even if I could shoot an invasive creature, there’s a step between shooting and serving it on a platter that is way too icky for my kind. People like me never major in meat science. (That’s not a dating app; it’s an actual college degree.) Besides, my vegan daughter would have a heart attack, right after she disowned me. Instead, I’ll just keep rooting for Hank the Tank to settle the score with Goldilocks, the notorious porridge-­ napper. Let’s hope he never visits Texas. American Hoggers, the defunct reality show that featured Jerry Campbell claiming he’d been “hunting hogs since Moby Dick was a sardine,” had to come from Texas. JAN A. IGOE is more at home in a state that loves boiled peanuts and oyster roasts. Join us anytime at



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