Patrons researching plantation history will be interested to know that one of our staff members has created a plantation index. The staff database lists the plantation names, locations, and what sources in the South Carolina Room contain information about each one. The sources in the index include books, vertical files, articles, and websites for individual plantations such as Drayton Hall, and lesser known private plantations.
Patrons can ask the staff person at the desk to search the database for them to save time locating information about the plantation they are researching. Although the database is not all-inclusive, it is an ongoing project that gains more entries each month, and it is helpful for any project dealing with a South Carolina Plantation.
The Charleston County Public Library and the Huguenot Society of South Carolina will host an evening with Harriott Cheves Leland and Susan Videau Baldwin Bates, award-winning editors of Proprietary Records of South Carolina, Volume 3: Abstracts of the Records of the Surveyor General of the Province, Charles Towne, 1678-1698, recently published by History Press, Inc. Leland and Bates will discuss and sign copies of their new book, which is the story of the first fleet to arrive, the settlement of Charles Towne at Albemarle Point, the settlement of James Island, and the settlers’ move across the Ashley River to the present site of Charleston. Books and maps will be available for sale. The event is free to the public and will take place in the Main Library Auditorium on Monday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m. Please call 805-6956 for more information.