The 16th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 36 held its annual Lee-Jackson Banquet on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Convention Center. Music for the event was provided by the Joyful Harps. The 16th SC Color Guard of Honor Posted the Colors. Salutes to the Flags were led by Robert Bolt. The Charge was given by Commander Doug Langley, who also welcomed everyone and recognized honored guests. The invocation was given by Chaplain Mark Evans. A delicious dinner was enjoyed by all the guests. Following the dinner, a cake cutting ceremony was held, with a cake honoring Generals Lee and Jackson being cut by a sword. Past Commander in Chief of the SCV, Chris Sullivan, introduced the speaker for the event, Chuck McMichael, Past Commander in Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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Mike Barnes & Tim Drake with gravestone of Mary Smith (Mike in blue outfit)There is a small hill off Serena Circle near Broadway Lake in Anderson County which holds the remainder of the old Broadaway Presbyterian Church cemetery.  Only two markers remain, those of Mary Smith and John George. The cemetery is marked on the 1877 map of Anderson Co.  Residents of Serena Circle remember that in the 1960’s and 1970’s, there were several field stones that were removed from the location when houses were built on the property.  Mrs. Smith’s marker is a crudely carven sentence - - - “ Here lies the body of Mary Smith, heroine of American Revolutionary, who died August 17th 1829, age 92 .  The markers are 1820's, and hand carved from soapstone, probably hewn from a local quarry and engraved by a local tombstone carver of the period. They are beautiful works of carving, and approximately four inches thick and five feet tall (about two feet of each were placed underground to keep them upright). Mr. Barnes, Dr. Drake, & the ladies of the Hudson Berry DAR plan to put a period-appropriate wooden picket fence around them to protect the site from animals and (hopefully) vandals. Mary Smith died in 1826 at 92 years of age! The markers are in remarkable condition for their age.

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Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers were the featured musicians for Christmas in Dixie Act II. The couple are professional musicians and reside in Mauldin.

Allen was featured on the guitar and vocals. A native of Maryland, Allen holds a Ph.D. in folklore, took voice lessons and began playing guitar as an adolescent.

Marshall Goers played the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, accordion and dulcimer. He began taking accordion lessons at age nine in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. His family moved to Kentucky where he became acquainted with Bluegrass. He studied piano and played some trombone.

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The Joyful Harps kicked off the first Friday night installment of Christmas in Dixie at the Museum and Library of Confederate History. The series is free to the public and will continue through December 26.

The Museum is located on 15 Boyce Avenue in the Historic Pettigru District of Greenville, near the Poinsett Club.

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The meeting of the Joseph Evan Davis 907 Children of the Confederacy Chapter was held Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, on the beautiful front porch of the historic Ashtabula Plantation.  Pam Durham, President of Winnie Davis 442 UDC began by installing the new 2014-2015 Chapter officers.  Miss Allison Bolt, newly installed President, opened the meeting according to ritual then adjourned to tour the house. The children were joined by five members of the Winnie Davis 442 UDC chapter and three members of the 16th SCV Camp #36.

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A new SC Historical Marker commemorating historic Fort Prince George was dedicated on October 18, 2014,  in a ceremony led by officials of the Piedmont Chapter – National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.  This Piedmont Chapter raised the funds and worked with the SC Dept. of Archives and History to get the marker approved, fabricated, and placed by Pickens County work crews at the entrance of Mile Creek Park near Six Mile, SC.  Piedmont Chapter Regent Beth Sutton, Chapter Chaplain Nell Kivett, and State Regent and Chapter Historic Landmarks Chair Dianne Culbertson led the ceremony, which included an official unveiling of SC Historical Marker 39-17.  Thirty-one people were in attendance on this bright fall afternoon, including Piedmont Chapter members, SCSDAR State Regent Dot Lind and members of the Fort Prince George DAR Chapter, as well as Pickens County Historical Society representatives.

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