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Join us as we celebrate being together again, celebrate Charleston, and celebrate Voyages of Discovery, led by our outstanding presenters, as we benefit the Preservation Society of Charleston.

Limited to 80 patrons, the Symposium offers a delightful flower-filled spring weekend in this historic South Carolina seaport renowned for its landmark buildings, magnificent homes, and gracious hospitality.

We are honored to have Stewart D. McLaurin
President of The White House Historical Association,
open this year’s program as the Keynote Speaker on Friday evening.

In addition to engaging lectures, we will be visiting two historic private homes, opened by the owners especially for the Symposium. We will examine the architecture, furnishings, and lovely garden of a superlative private early 19th-century classic Charleston single house. 

We then will enjoy an exclusive visit and study tour of a magnificent recently restored mid-19th century home overlooking the harbor. 

As the Charleston Heritage Symposium tends to sell out quickly, you are encouraged to sign up early.

To ensure the safety of all patrons, we will require proof of vaccination against COVID, or a negative test immediately prior to the weekend.


FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022

5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Symposium Registration and Opening Night Reception:
Old Federal Court Room, 23 Chalmers Street
Built in the early 19th-century, the building housed the U.S. District Court from 1845 to 1860 before becoming part of the Confederate Home and College property. In 1867 Mary Amarinthia Snowden and her sister, Isabella Yates Snowden, established a home for Confederate widows and orphans. Later they started a college on the premises. It is still known as the Confederate Home. The spirit of compassion of the Snowden sisters lives on today as the Confederate Home and College is a source of 5 college scholarships and moderately priced housing for qualified residents.

6:30-7:30 p.m. 
James Hoban, Architect of the White House
Keynote Address with Stewart D. McLaurin
President, The White House Historical Association, Washington, D.C.

Introduction by Symposium Moderator and Curator-in-Residence, 
Robert A. Leath, President,
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Hillsborough, NC


8:15 a.m.
Coffee Service: Old Federal Court Room, 23 Chalmers Street 

8:45-9:15 a.m. 
Welcoming Remarks and Preservation Society Overview
Elizabeth (Betsy) Kirkland Cahill, Chairman of the Board, Preservation Society of Charleston, Charleston, SC

9:15-10:15 a.m.
Discovering Robert Mills, American Cultural Influencer
Emilie Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Curator, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello, VA

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Imported British Furniture for the South
J. Thomas Savage, Director of Educational Travel and Conferences
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
The Draytons vs. The Griswalds – an 1806 Vacation Adventure
Carter C. Hudgins, Ph.D. President & CEO, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
Charleston, SC

12:45-2:00 p.m.
Midday Break
Box lunches are being provided 
 Old Federal Court Room, 23 Chalmers Street

2:00-3:00 p.m.
If These Walls Could Talk: Art and Abolition on the Walls of a Lowcountry Home
Daniel K. Ackermann, Ph.D.,
Chief Curator & Director of Research, Collections, and Archaeology
Old Salem Museums & Garden & The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts [MESDA]

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Tiffany’s Parakeets: The Biography of a Window
Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA

4:15-4:30 p.m.
Symposium Synopsis and introduction to the evening Study House, the Magwood-Moreland House
Robert A. Leath, President,
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Hillsborough, NC

6:00-7:30 p.m.
Evening Soirée at the Magwood-Moreland House (c. 1825) 
This exceptional 1825 Charleston weatherboard single house, was built by Simon Magwood, a wealthy planter, for his daughter Susan at the time of her marriage to Andrew Moreland. The interior boasts exceptional woodwork with heart of pine floors. Of particular note is the foundation built of crisscrossed palmetto logs sunk in mud which has helped the house withstand withstand almost 200 years of hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods.The home’s lovely garden has been designed by noted Charleston landscape architect Robert Chestnut.

Shuttles are provided to the Magwood-Moreland House from the Old Federal Court Room.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2022

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Study Tour of the John Ravenel House (c. 1847-1849)
This grand three story stuccoed brick house was built between 1847 and 1849 by John Ravenel, a prominent Charleston merchant of Huguenot descent. Originally designed in the Greek Revival style, the home’s Italianate style entablature and lintels were added when it was rebuilt after the 1886 earthquake.
Noted architectural conservator Richard Marks and prominent architect Glenn Keyes will lead the Study Tour, discussing the property’s recent multi-year restoration and the steps taken to mitigate future flooding in one of Charleston’s most flood-prone neighborhoods. 

This special visit includes Bloody Marys and a light brunch. 

Shuttles are provided to and from the John Ravenel House from the Old Federal Court Room.