Eagle Scout Jacob Palchak of Hilton Head Island and Troop 245 built and installed eight benches and a lectern next to the Baynard Mausoleum, off the William Hilton Parkway at Mathews Drive.
This addition allows the Heritage Library, which owns the site, to offer comfortable presentations about the island’s historic patriots, planters and other pioneers, according to a press release.
The benches, built at Palchak’s house, are set into concrete foundations. The lectern is portable. The materials were donated or offered at a reduced rate by Espy Lumber on Hilton Head Island. The Bargain Box of Hilton Head Island donated the money for the construction of the speaker’s platform, constructed by local contractor Kyle Mulligan. In addition, the Van Landingham Rotary donated the money needed to add electricity to the site for a speaker system and lighting for programs.
The Baynard Mausoleum was built in 1846, more than 60 years before the Boy Scouts came into existence, as part of the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery. The chapel is gone, but historic graves remain.
The Heritage Library presents tours of the site at 10 a.m. every Friday. To sign up, go to HeritageLib.org or call 843-686-6560.
Palchak, 16, has been accepted to the Governor’s School for Math and Science in Hartsville, where he will complete his last two years of high school. He lives in Hilton Head Plantation with his parents, Dori and Alan Palchak.