History was all around us as DSDI members celebrated the revolutionary heritage of Charleston, South Carolina and were welcomed to this beautiful city.
The historic district provided a meaningful setting for 90 members and their guests Oct. 10-12, 2014. We were driven in horse-drawn carriages through streets lined with houses dating to the 1700s and learned the history of the Heyward-Washington House, which was the home of Signer Thomas Heyward Jr. and home to George Washington on his Southern tour.
We were given a private tour of The Old Exchange Building, the third most-historic building in the United States and the place where South Carolina declared its independence from the Crown. The dungeon held many famous patriots and pirates alike.
DSDI officers and governors convened Friday afternoon prior to a Lowcountry dinner at the Francis Marion Hotel, named for the revolutionary patriot and for his guerilla tactics was nicknamed the Swamp Fox for his guerilla tactics. After dinner, we were entertained by John Tecklenburg, a descendant of Philip Livingston, who sang and performed on the piano.
Saturday’s tour of the historic district was followed by lunch at the Harbour Club and DSDI’s general meeting. President-General Lawrence Croft reported the transition of the Treasurer-General position to Johnny Alexander and updated members on insurance and tax status information. He also informed us of the DSDI centennial CD that had been damaged during shipping and said new copies would be mailed shortly. Laurie announced that the next meeting will take place at Mount Vernon April 10-12, 2015 in Virginia.
After lunch Laurie introduced Bobby Walters, a high school senior, who delivered an eloquent six-minute oration on the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. Bobby won the South Carolina oratory prize from the Sons of the American Revolution.
As Annual Giving chairperson, I reminded everyone that they will be receiving their Annual Giving Letter soon and that contributions are encouraged and necessary so that the DSDI can continue the important works of the Society.
On Saturday evening, we enjoyed cocktails, overlooking the Charleston Harbor, and a delightful dinner at the Carolina Yacht Club. A new tradition of toasts to the Father of our Country, to the Signers and to the Declaration of Independence was inaugurated and to be carried out at future dinners. After dinner we learned of the musical talents of the four South Carolina Signers and the music of that period by Dr. Nicholas Butler, historian for the Charleston County Public Library.
Members attended several historic churches on Sunday morning as we concluded a beautiful weekend in the Holy City of Charleston.
Hope Middleton Wood