Eliza Lucas Pinckney lives!

“A people who mean to be their own governors,” said Eliza Lucas Pinckney, “must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

Charleston is abuzz with sightings of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, the first woman to be inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. At the age of 16,  Pinckney, took over the management of Wappoo Plantation and her family’s other two agricultural properties in 1739. Through her extensive knowledge of botany, she went on to develop indigo as one of South Carolina’s most important cash crops, revolutionizing the colonial economy prior to the Revolutionary War, and forever preserving her place in American history.

The burning question is, how has Pinckney suddenly reappeared on the streets and private gardens and intimate salons of Charleston, South Carolina? The answer is easy…through the genius of Christy Pleasant.

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Artist Manning Williams : Inspiring Charleston’s Neo-Renaissance

At the turn of the 20th century, Charleston languished as an old Southern town that time had forgotten. Devastated by the Civil War, Charleston’s rich heritage hung over the city like a faded dream. But in 1920, an amazing collaboration of artists and writers spearheaded a dramatic cultural revival that would last 25 years and help Charleston reclaim its title as one of the most significant art and cultural centers in America.

Drawing on an endless supply of subject matter, the artists of the period between 1915 and 1940 dubbed “The Charleston Renaissance” began documenting the lush landscapes, plantation life, architectural landmarks and local color through their oils, watercolors, drawings and prints. The four local pillars of this era–Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Anna Heyward Taylor and Alfred Hutty–are also credited with inspiring Charleston’s preservation movement by reawakening the public to the charm and significance of the city’s architectural heritage through their images. Continue reading “Artist Manning Williams : Inspiring Charleston’s Neo-Renaissance”