The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Charles Towne Landing on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 took place in Founders Hall, and featured on address by Dr. Richard Porcher, The Citadel Professor Emeritus of Biology. The title of Dr. Porcher’s illustrated lecture was “A Lowcountry Botanical Potpourri.” It featured Dr. Porcher’s beautiful digital photos of the great variety of plants and geological features throughout the Lowcountry and brief biographical sketches of the region’s pioneer botanists. Dr. Porcher also recounted the sad story of the flooding of the St. John’s Basin in 1942, for the creation of Lake Moultrie. This action by Santee-Cooper resulted in the permanent loss of plantation homes, as well as churches, graves and houses, many of which were owned for many years by African-American families.
Members of the Garden Club of Charleston and the Garden Club of South Carolina were special guests. They have undertaken projects to maintain the gardens around the Legare Waring House, and the small pocket gardens around the Landing, and to identify and tend to the large stands of camellias.
Highlights of the year included the success of the 5K Race the Landing Series, the increased attendance and revenues of the Park (now at all-time highs), a record donation of $20,000 to the Park by the Friends, and an increase in the Friends membership. The evening concluded with a reception hosted by the Friends and members of the Garden Club of Charleston.
Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Friends as we work together to reinforce the mission of Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.
President, Board of Directors,
The Friends of Charles Towne Landing