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Edgewood: Stage of Southern History


Friday - June 11, 2010


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About This Show

Over the years, Edgewood has served as the stage for many important periods in Southern history. Originally built in 1829 for secessionist governor Francis W. Pickens, the house was home to two remarkable women, Lucy Holcombe Pickens and Eulalie Chafee Salley. Lucy was known as the "Queen of the Confederacy" and was the only woman to be featured on Confederate currency. Eulalie was one of South Carolina's earliest business women and was also a leader in the suffrage movement.

We'll find out about the documentary film Edgewood: Stage of Southern History, which tells the stories of the many people who lived, worked and visited the house in its 180 years of existence.  Some of the stories include: the antebellum era in South Carolina, War Between the States, Pickens visit to Czarist Russia, the suffrage movement, the Winter Colony settlement in Aiken, and up to Civil Rights Era. Today, the house is known as the Pickens-Salley House and is located on the University of South Carolina Aiken campus. Executive Director Deidre Martin, Historical Consultant and Assistant Director Dr. Maggi Morehouse, and writer/director Chris Koelker will share the story of this house and the history it has seen.


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