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Belvidere : A Plantation Memory, Commemorative Edition
by Anne Sinkler Fishburne and Anne Sinkler Whaley Leclecrq


Overview - "Belvidere is underwater too deep for any eye but that of memory to reach," begins Anne Sinkler Fishburne's reverential recollections of her ancestral home. Located between the Santee River and Eutaw Creek near present-day Eutaw Springs, South Carolina, Belvidere Plantation once produced Santee long-staple cotton (a hybrid of the famed Sea Island cotton) and short-staple cotton on its nearly eight hundred acres of rich lowcountry soil and served as the home of the Sinkler family from the 1770s until the 1940s.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"Belvidere is underwater too deep for any eye but that of memory to reach," begins Anne Sinkler Fishburne's reverential recollections of her ancestral home. Located between the Santee River and Eutaw Creek near present-day Eutaw Springs, South Carolina, Belvidere Plantation once produced Santee long-staple cotton (a hybrid of the famed Sea Island cotton) and short-staple cotton on its nearly eight hundred acres of rich lowcountry soil and served as the home of the Sinkler family from the 1770s until the 1940s. The author's great-grandmother Margaret Cantey Sinkler had an elegant two-story timber house built on the property in 1803, complete with full-brick basement, brick foundation, a welcoming piazza across the front, and a large wing balanced on the opposite side with a brick-paved sun piazza. In 1936 the author established a racetrack at Belvidere to host races for the St. John's Jockey Club (originally the Santee Jockey Club). The storied and vibrant life at Belvidere came to a close in 1941, however, with the completion of the huge Santee Cooper hydroelectric development. Belvidere, like many plantations of the parish, now rests below the waters of Lake Marion, but its past can still be experienced by the modern reader in this plantation memory. First published in 1949, Belvidere chronicles life at the plantation through letters, memoir, and historical narrative. When Fishburne composed this volume, she wished to preserve for her grandchildren the story of the plantation that had been her beloved home and that of many generations of her forebears. Its publication shares that story with generations of readers. Written in an invitingly authentic lowcountry voice, the resulting narrative is an opportunity to sit on the piazza and walk the gardens once more and share stories of a way of life from a bygone era. Featuring twenty-six illustrations, this commemorative edition of Belvidere is enhanced with a new introduction by Fishburne's granddaughter, the late Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, an accomplished family historian, author, and editor. LeClercq's memories of Belvidere and her grandmother are both celebratory and elegiac.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781611175547
  • ISBN-10: 1611175542
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 184
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.34 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.49 pounds


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