I’m excited about unveiling some “new” information about familiar historical Charleston topics in June, ranging from seventeenth-century surveying mistakes to Revolutionary biographies to nineteenth-and twentieth-century legal disputes that are very au courant.
On June 2nd we’ll roll up our sleeves and dig into “The Muddy Origins of Charleston’s Dock Street.” During Spoleto season here, you’ll hear the phrase “Dock Street Theatre” ad nauseam, but that street name disappeared nearly three centuries ago. Why? Here’s a brief preview: The watery street was in the “wrong” place, and the “amended” dry version was named Queen Street.
On June 11th I’ll present a lecture titled “A Citizens’ Guide to the History of Charleston’s Colonial Common,” which is intended to help our community understand the contentious history of the land on which the Sergeant Jasper Apartment building sits. The current controversial plans for re-developing that site are unwittingly stirring up legal conundrums that date back to the spring of 1768.
On June 27th, in honor of “Carolina Day,” we’ll take a hard look at the sparse biographical evidence of “William Jasper: An Enigmatic Hero.” Because the celebrated sergeant came to fame in 1776 and died three years later in 1779, there is a great paucity of information about his background. Some say he was Scots-Irish, or Welsh, or English, or even German. Here’s the new twist: his daughter said he was “a native of the Emerald Isle.”
Stay tuned for upcoming essays on these topics. In the meantime, you can always find brief descriptions and details of upcoming events on our Calendar page.