Hilton Head Island, South Carolina  

The Lowcountry Civil War
Sesquicentennial Commemoration

December 1-4, 2011

 

 

The Coastal Discovery Museum and the Lowcountry Civil War Round Table, Inc. have partnered as lead sponsors to present the "Lowcountry Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration" on December 1-4, 2011. 

This Lowcountry event will present four days commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and the early events of the War in the local area. There will be a theatrical performance by Clarence Felder and Chris Weatherhead, an afternoon narrated cruise (including lunch) of Port Royal Sound where the Battle took place, a re-enactment of a Civil War campsite, lectures by nationally prominent historians, an opening reception of the Civil War exhibition at Honey Horn, and tours and lectures by all sponsors around Beaufort County.

A four-day (or individual day) pass is available for purchase that includes attendance at: 6 lectures by nationally renowned historians, a narrated cruise (including lunch) through the area where the Battle of Port Royal Sound took place, an evening theatrical performance and opening reception. In addition, registrants can attend any of the community events scheduled on the day/s registered at no extra charge.

 

The scheduled Ticketed events are:

 

Thursday, December 1

Morning lectures (9:30 AM until Noon): 
 "The South Prepares for Invasion": - Dr. James (Bud) Robertson, Jr. (Retired Professor, Virginia Tech and Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, Blacksburg, VA
  
 "Setting the Stage: Plantation Era and Beaufort County's Preparation for War" - Dr. Steve Wise (Parris Island Museum) 
  
  
Evening theatrical performance - "The Road Home" - 7:30 PM, Hilton Head High School Performing Arts Center (Compiled by Clarence Felder, Directed by Chris Weatherhead, Produced by Actors' Theatre of South )
  
 "The Road Home" is a journey of thoughts, words and songs of those caught in the maelstrom of the early years of the war Civil War.  It explores many different people, from the loving wife, to soldiers' camp tales, the moving opinions of Frederick Douglass, General Beauregard and others, all wrapped in music that spurred the hearts of both armies as they fought, prayed and longed for home..... 

 

Friday, December 2

Morning lectures (9:30 AM - Noon):
"Secession and the Fire Eaters: The War Begins" - William (Jack) C. Davis (Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia) 
 
"Commodore Samuel Francis DuPont, the Union Expeditionary Force to Port Royal-His Life and Career Up to 1863" - Col. Kevin Weddle, Ph.D. (U.S. Army War College, Carlisle PA) 
 
Afternoon:
Re-creation of the Battle of Port Royal Sound - Narrated boat tour, including lunch, of Port Royal Sound recreating the Naval battle of Port Royal - led by Michael Coker (author of The Battle of Port Royal
 

Evening:
Reception and grand opening
of the new temporary exhibition: "Civil War in the Lowcountry" at the Coastal Discovery Museum

Saturday, December 3

Morning lectures (9:30 AM - Noon):
"South Carolina Volunteers: Gen. David Hunter and Black Regiments in the Civil War" - Dr. Joseph Glatthaar (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) 
 
Roundtable Wrap-up and Book Signing - Steve Hoffius and Dr. Larry Rowland (editors of The Civil War in South Carolina: Selections from the South Carolina Historical Magazine
 

 All Day: Civil War Living History Encampment with Re-enactors at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn (no charge to attend)

Sunday, December 4

Closing of Commemoration service at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn

Civil War Living History Encampment with Re-enactors at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn (no charge to attend)

 

 

 

We are now offering to the public the opportunity to make reservations for this event:

Full 4-day ticket: $325 per person (after November 10th - $375 per person)[Special pricing is available fo
teachers

Daily Tickets:
Thursday:
$150 per person (includes admission to ALL Thursday activities, inclucing Community Events)
Friday: $150 per person (includes admission to ALL Friday events, including community events)
Saturday: $100 per person (includes admission to ALL Saturday events, including Community Events)

Reservations may be made by calling the Coastal Discovery Museum - 843-689-6767 ext 223 or

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Events

Additional partners participating include: Beaufort Country Historical Society, Geaufort History Museum, Archaeology Society of South Carolina, Historic Beaufort Foundation, Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, Heritage Library Foundation, Hilton Head Island Land Trust, Mitchelville Preservation Project, Port Royal Plantation and the University of South Carolina - Beaufort

These historical organization have teamed up to offer a full complement of tours, programs and activities during the Sesquicentennial weekend.

 

Thursday, December 1

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Exhibitions at the Verdier House, Historic Beaufort Foundation - guided tours given on the half hour, $10 per person (http://www.historicbeaufort.org/  843-379-3331)

 "The Beaufort Volunteer Auxiliary: Guardians of the Lowcountry since 1776"
 "The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls"

1:30 PM - "Finding Historic Mitchelville" Panel Discussion and tour by the Mitchelville Preservation Project and Tour of Fort Howell by the Hilton Head Island Land Trust (additional transportation fee may apply, donations accepted for tour, http://www.mitchelvillepreservationproject.com/ 843-255-7300

1:30 PM - "Beaufort & South Carolina at the Core" lecture at the Heritage Library Foundation by Robert Smith. Find out how life in Beaufort and South Carolina differed from that in the North, and the consequential philosophical divisions of the country that led to armed conflict. Space is limited to 35, $8 for members, $10 non-members (discounts for couples). http://www.heritagelib.org/ 843-686-6560

3:00 PM - Bluffton Historic District Walking Tour presented by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. Guided tour of Bluffton's National Register Historic District includes a 30 minute tour of the Heyward House and an hour walk through old town. Registration is limited to 30 participants. $15 fee paid to Bluffton Historic Preservation Society -(contact Heyward House Historic Center, http://www.heywardhouse.org/ 843-757-6293 or HeywardHouse@gmail.com

Friday, December 2

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Exhibitions at the Verdier House, Historic Beaufort Foundation - guided tours given on the half hour, $10 per person ( http://www.historicbeaufort.org/ 843-379-3331)

 "The Beaufort Volunteer Auxiliary:Guardians of the Lowcountry since 1776"
 "The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls"

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Fort Mitchel will be staffed by volunteers from the Heritage Library Foundation for information and brief tours on Friday and Saturday from 10 - 4, donations accepted on site by the Heritage Library Foundation (Contact http://www.heritagelib.org/ 843-686-6560

1:30 PM & 3:30 PM - Fort Mitchel Lecture - offered by the Heritage Library Foundation and addressing the role of Fort Mitchel in fortifying Hilton Head Island by the Union forces. $5 per person registration fee requested (Heritage Library Foundation members, students and children under 12 are free. Contact http://www.heritagelib.org/ 843-686-6560 )

Saturday, December 3

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Fort Mitchel will be staffed by volunteers from the Heritage Library Foundation for information and brief tours on Friday and Saturday from 10 - 4, donations accepted on site by the Heritage Library Foundation (Contact http://www.heritagelib.org/ 843-686-6560

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Exhibitions at the Verdier House, Historic Beaufort Foundation - guided tours given on the half hour, $10 per person ( http://www.historicbeaufort.org/ 843-379-3331)

"The Beaufort Volunteer Auxiliary:Guardians of the Lowcountry since 1776"
"The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls"

All Day - Civil War Living History Encampment with Re-enactors at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn (all day, no charge to attend)

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - "What the Heck is it?" - Artifact display and identification at Honey Horn by the Archaeology Society of South Carolina, Hilton Head Island Chapter.

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Open House at Heyward House - sponsored by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, No Charge (contact http://www.heywardhouse.org/ 843-757-6293 or HeywardHouse@gmail.com )

1:30 PM & 3:30 PM - Fort Mitchel Lecture - offered by the Heritage Library Foundation and addressing the role of Fort Mitchel in fortifying Hilton Head Island by the Union forces. $5 per person registration fee requested (Heritage Library Foundation members, students and children under 12 are free. Contact http://www.heritagelib.org/ 843-686-6560 )

Sunday, December 4

Closing of Commemoration service at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn

Civil War Living History Encampment with Re-enactors at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn (no charge to attend)

 

 

 

A special 'Civil War' rate has been offered to attendees of the Lowcountry Civil War Sesquicentennial at the Westin Resort. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 800-937-8461 or by visiting this website: www.westinhiltonheadisland.com/civil-war

For additional information regarding the Lowcountry Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration, please contact the Coastal Discovery Museum - 843-689-6767

 

 



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