South Carolina: Revolutionary Road Trip Part I Episode: Travels with Darley

Darley with Keith Gourdin learning about Marion's tomb and memorial
Keith Gourdin, who has spent years studying local Revolutionary War battles and Francis Marion, speaks about the importance of Marion’s tomb and memorial, erected at his gravesite 100 years after Marion’s death.

Join Darley on a Revolutionary Road Trip from Charleston to James Island and through Berkeley County in South Carolina, experiencing historic sites and untold stories related to the American Revolution. Explore history and culture at The Charleston Museum, Heyward Washington House, Middleton Place, Fort Johnson, McLeod Plantation, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Old Santee Canal Park, and Francis Marion’s gravesite, including restaurants with Gullah Geechee influences.

Darley’s South Carolina journey commences in Moncks Corner, exploring sites related to the American Revolution. Darley visits The Charleston Museum, founded in 1773, which houses rare artifacts from the Siege of Charleston. Museum director Carl Borick shows Darley some rare finds to give further context to life in Charleston during the war. Darley heads over to the Heyward Washington House and learns about the lives of the enslaved people who worked there during the Revolutionary War. 

The journey continues with historian Doug Bostick, who shares insights into the significance of Fort Johnson during the American Revolution. Darley then indulges in local cuisine at the Charleston Crab House and discusses the Gullah Gechee culture with Toby Smith at McLeod Plantation. Back in Charleston, Darley reunites with Corey Alston for dinner at Leon’s Oyster Shop, exploring the influence of Gullah Geechee culture on Charleston’s food. 

Darley visits Middleton Place, a national historic landmark, and talks to Sidney Frazier, Vice President of Horticulture, about the rich history of the Middleton family. Darley also visits St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, built in the 1760s, and explores its unique architectural features with Shanda Phillips. 

At Old Santee Canal Park, Park director Brad Sale teaches Darley about the significance of the park’s swampy terrain during the American Revolution. Darley then engages in a conversation with Lisa Collins, Chief of the Wassamassaw Tribe of the Varnertown Indians, to learn about the Native American perspectives during the Revolution. The episode concludes with a visit to the gravesite of Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, with insights from local historian Keith Gourdin.

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