It's shaping up to be a busy year for Historic Beaufort Foundation.
Our new website, www.historicbeaufort.org, is up and we hope you find it an easy-to-use resource for our community. Along with the new website we launched a new blog at www.historicbeaufort.org/blog. We'll be posting regularly about preservation-related issues as well as different foundaiton events. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Our next event is an Appraisal Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Verdier House. Members of the community can bring up to three items to be appraised by Amanda Everard. She is president of Everard & Company, an auction and appraisal company in Savannah. She graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where she received a bachelor's degree in art history and studio art. She worked at Sotheby's for 11 years as a coordinator in the Trust and Estate Department, as head of the Arcade Furniture Department and most recently as vice president in the English Furniture Department. Cost is $35 for foundation members and $50 for non-members. Reservations are required; call 843-379-3331.
Every fourth Monday, we are hosting our monthly lecture series. This year's lecture plan will focus primarily on tricentennial-related topics. Just last week, more than 60 people heard Joe McGill speak about blacks in the Civil War. The lecture series -- open to members and non-members -- takes place on the second floor of the Verdier House, and features a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception from 5 to 6 p.m. The talks are presented from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by audience questions. A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 a person for attendees at the lecture. Admission to the lecture is $15 for members and $25 for member couples; and $20 for non-members and $30 for non-member couples. Reservations are required; call 843-379-3331. The next lecture will be Feb. 28.
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Next up, the foundation will conduct a very special trip to Ossabaw Island on March 2 and 3. Located 20 miles south of Savannah, Ossabaw is one of the best preserved of Georgia's magnificent barrier islands. With 26,000 acres, its many natural zones progressing from the ocean include beaches, dunes, meadows, ponds, maritime forest and freshwater and saltwater marshes. The island was inhabited by American Indians from as early as 2200 B.C. to the 18th century. It offers numerous archaeological sites as well as slave cabins, a late 19th century prefab house and a grand 1920s mansion in the midst of undisturbed wildlife.
Owned by the State of Georgia and managed through a public-private partnership with the Ossabaw Island Foundation, Ossabaw Island has been designated a Heritage Preserve by the state, with its use restricted to natural, scientific and cultural study, research and education. Ossabaw Island is not open to the public and the foundation has received special permission for the trip. Reservations are required; call 843-379-3331.
The Verdier House is open for regularly scheduled tours Monday through Saturday with docent-guided tours starting on the half hour between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. We're also carrying a larger number of Beaufort-related books in our gift shop.