Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Cynthia Jenkins, Exec. Director, Historic Beaufort Foundation



Hundreds of guests mingled among the oaks and gardens of Pam and Drew Scallan’s historic home on Bay Street overlooking the Beaufort River May 11 for Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Lafayette Soiree.

The Scallans graciously shared their gorgeous setting with HBF to celebrate a year of successes and continued challenges in preserving and protecting Beaufort’s historic and architectural heritage. Our hosts, Katie and Matt Phifer and Katie and Scott Huebel, organized a fantastic evening for all.

This annual showcase brings together people from the Lowcountry to celebrate the work and mission of HBF in a casually elegant garden setting where we’ve been blessed with near-perfect weather in recent years.

This year’s Soiree helped raise funds and awareness of continued renovation and restoration of HBF’s flagship property— the John Mark Verdier House, ca. 1804, an essential part of Beaufort’s history and an integral part of Bay Street for 220 years.

On behalf of HBF, I’d like to thank the sponsors who helped make the evening such a success, led by Modern Jewelers, our presenting sponsor celebrating their 75th business anniversary. Bar Sponsors included Phifer Contracting Services, The Marjorie F. Trask Family, and Grayco.

Stage Sponsors were First Federal, JH Hiers, and George Trask, Graham Trask and Distant Island Company LP. Cocktail Hour Sponsors were Bay Point Dock & Marine, Bezilla Kinney Phifer Wealth Management, Harvey & Battey, The Kincheloe Family, Montgomery Architecture & Planning, Savannah Hardscapes, Tumlin Levin Sumner Wealth Management, and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

The Bluff Sponsors included Ty O’Farrell – Farm Bureau Insurance, Lyles & Assoc., Heubel Consulting & Events, HB Stems Floral & Event Design, Lowcountry Produce Market & Café, TideWatch Vacations, Patel & Company CPA and SouthState Bank. The Oaks Sponsors were Atlantic Asphalt, LLC, Kinghorn Insurance, Lynn & Wheeler, and SK Digital & Associates.  

The Marsh Sponsors included Alpha Graphics, Beaufort Carts, Bill’s Liquors & Fine Wines, The Open Land Trust, Sea Island Tree Care, Southern Palmetto, Southern Tree Services and Royal Restrooms.

Restaurant Partners included Beck and Call, Breakwater Restaurant & Bar, Chicken Salad Chick, Firehouse Subs, Hamby Catering, Maggioni Oyster Company, Plums, Saltus River Grill & Hearth, Q on Bay, Sweet Cakes Bakery, and The Kitchen.

We also recognize and thank the many donors to our Silent Auction and the hardworking partners who helped ensure the event ran smoothly – AMIkids Beaufort, Beaufort High ROTC, U.S. Marine Corps, RedCap, City of Beaufort, First Presbyterian Church, Parish House of St. Helena and Beaufort County. 

Finally, my special appreciation to the committees, volunteers, our Board of Trustees and Board Chair Rob Montgomery for their leadership throughout the year and with this event.

Cynthia Jenkins,

Executive Director, Historic Beaufort Foundation


Tickets selling fast for HBF Winter Lecture Series on Beaufort’s role in the American Revolution

Tickets selling fast for HBF Winter Lecture Series on Beaufort’s role in the American Revolution

Tickets are still available for three February talks hosted by Historic Beaufort Foundation in partnership with the University of South Carolina Center for the Arts. The 2024 Winter Lecture Series — Partisans, Patriots, and Founders focuses on Beaufort’s role in the American Revolution.

“Our Winter Lecture Series is one of the most popular educational offerings available about local history. The presenters are extremely knowledgeable in their field and have a compelling way of telling the stories of South Carolina and Lowcountry history,” said Cynthia Jenkins, HBF executive director.

Speakers include Dr. John McCardell, Dr. Lawrence Rowland and Dr. Stephen Wise. Admission to all the three lectures is $30 for HBF members, $35 for non-members, and full-time students with valid student ID can participate for $20.

Tickets for the event are available until sold out at https://historicbeaufort.org/. They may also be purchased the night of each event.

Lectures will cover:

  • February 1: The coming of the Revolution and the first shots – Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland and Dr. Stephen R. Wise
  • February 8:  Wartime state and the national governments and the fight for independence – Dr. John M. McCardell and Dr. Stephen R. Wise
  • February 15:  The war’s aftermath and a new beginning – Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland and Dr. John M. McCardell .

All the presentations will be held at the USCB Performing Arts Center on Carteret Street in historic downtown Beaufort.

Bios of the esteemed lecturers:

  • McCardell graduated from Washington and Lee University and earned his PhD in history from Harvard University. For his dissertation, The Idea of a Southern Nation, he earned the 1977 Alan Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians. McCardell served as vice-chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South from 2010 until June 2020.
  • Rowland is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History for the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, and previously held roles with USC as Professor of History and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in New York and both his Master’s degree and Doctorate from the University of South Carolina. He has authored numerous books and articles about South Carolina and the Sea Islands.
  • Wise is director of the museum for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, his Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and his PhD from the University of South Carolina. He has written and edited several books and articles including Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War, and Gate of Hell: The Campaign for Charleston Harbor.


Historic Beaufort Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit education foundation created to preserve, protect, and present sites and artifacts of historic, architectural, and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina. For more information on the entity’s mission and history, please visit historicbeaufort.org and follow them on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.