Historic Beaufort Foundation: Dinner and a Lecture
"A Culturally Golden Era in Beaufort History" to be topic of Lawrence Rowland lecture.
Historian and engaging speaker Lawrence S. Rowland will tell the story of an early 20thcentury American literary figure’s love affair with Beaufort at the Monday, February 25, 2019 -- Dinner and a Lecture at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.
Samuel Hopkins Adams, a member of the Algonquin Circle of New York literary opinion makers, wintered in Beaufort for almost 25 years, 1935-1958, and during his career wrote more than 50 books including novels, biographies and political exposes. In the third volume of Rowland’s and Stephen Wise’s The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Rowland quotes Adams’ on the first time he and his wife arrived in Beaufort and experienced its evocative beauty and “belvedered mansions." They turned to each other and said, “This is it." Rowland said, “Adams and his spouse spoke for a generation of artists and writers and for millions of tourists who followed them.”
Rowland, who knew Adams, wrote that Adams was the literary bridge between 19thcentury and 20th century Beaufort and was a star among many writers and artists who lived in Beaufort off-and-on during the first half of the 20th century, gathering at the Gold Eagle Inn and the Tidalholm Guest House.
Dinner and a Lecture is a monthly educational series, September-May, sponsored by Historic Beaufort Foundation. Reservations are necessary as seating is limited.