President-General Lawrence Croft dedicated a plaque July 15, 2014 at the birthplace of South Carolina Signer Thomas Lynch Jr.
The event took place at Hopsewee Plantation, built by Lynch’s ancestors c. 1740 on the North Santee River between Georgetown and Charleston. The dedication was part of a program by the Thomas Lynch Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
Croft told the chapter members and guests that this was the first instance of DSDI dedicating a plaque at a place other than a Signer’s burial site. He said the organization intended to extend similar designations at sites that were important parts of a Signer’s life.
SAR Chapter President Nathan Kaminski Jr. thanked DSDI for recognizing the significance of the home of Lynch. He was joined at the ceremony by SAR officers Dr. Redding I. Corbett III, Richard Johnson, Merritt Wm. Sturgeon and Franklin Beattie.
Lynch was the son of Thomas Lynch Sr., a Santee River indigo planter elected to represent South Carolina at the Continental Congress. The elder Lynch suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while in Philadelphia and was unable to continue his duties. South Carolina appointed Lynch Jr. as a delegate to join his father in Philadelphia. Lynch Jr. was the 52nd Signer of the Declaration of Independence, at age 26. In 1779, he and his wife sailed for France and were lost at sea when the ship sank.
Hopsewee is a National Historic Landmark, preserved rather than restored by five families that have lived in it. The current owners, Franklin and Raejean Beattie, hosted the dedication event.