Dorchester County Historical Society




 Dear Members,
 Happy New Year!
   This year marks the 14th year of our society’s charter. As I reflect on all of those that have helped to organize and support the efforts of this society, I realize that this “family” of members is strong and determined to preserve the rich history of our county. I now know so many wonderful people that, if not for the organization of this historical society, I may never have met. Hundreds of people over the past 14 years have stepped up and helped this small organization survive. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your continued support and pray that as time passes this society will only get stronger.
   Mr. David Sojourner and Mr. Jim Way gave over 20 years of valuable service to this organization. They were both honored at our November 2017 meeting with the designation of Director Emeritus. They both have pledged their continued support to the organization. Their many personal contributions to this society cannot be measured. Their steady hands and sound advice have been crucial to our success. We sincerely appreciate them both and wish them continued good health.
   Others honored in November for helping to fulfil our Mission: “To Research, Record and Preserve Dorchester County’s History” were: Chloe Cole, Sandlapper Salon in Ridgeville, Trent Fasnacht, Contractor who restored the Appleby House back to its original splendor, Andrew Gentry, Owner of the Dorchester Eagle Record and Steve Vaughan, representing the Vaughan family, proprietors of Vaughan’s Grocery in Ridgeville. Every one keep your eyes peeled. If you know of anyone that helps to fulfil our mission, please let me know and we will honor them in November at our Awards Night.
   Mr. Brunson Westbury, DVM, will be our guest speaker at our February 8th meeting. He will speak on the “Band of Angels.” During WWII, 63 nurses were captured and sent to an internment camp for the duration of the war. Mr. Westbury’s wife’s aunt was one of the 63. He will share with the group the untold story of this tragic ordeal and how they survived.
   Together let’s make 2018 a remarkable year. Again thank you all for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you on Feb. 8th. Please bring a friend.
                                                                                                                                  Phyllis Hughes
                                                                                                                                  DCHC President


DCHS & DCA&HC Memberships

Membership into the Dorchester County Archives & History Center is separate from being a member of the DCHS.

At this time, Charter Membership into the DCA & HC has been extended through the end of 2016. As a charter member, your name will be placed on a plaque that will be hung in the center. Charter membership is $100.00. If you would like to join, you can do so by sending a check to DCA & HC, 101 Ridge Street, St. George, SC 29477.  I urge you to join and be a part of this very important endeavor.

Note: All present members who join the DCA&HC in 2014, 2015 or 2016 all dues are paid up through Dec 2017.



Lifetime   $250 (One time only)
Annual     $25 (Due February)


                Charter     $100.00 (Through Dec. 2015)
                Annual      $50.00 (Due 1 Jan.)
                Teachers  $25.00 (
Due 1 Jan.)
                Students   $25.00 (Due 1 Jan.)

      DCA&HC Membership Benefits:
          1. Unlimited research during hours of operation
Printed family histories every 3 years (provided the
           information is given)
          3. Annual reception honoring members


Once again in an effort to reduce printing and mailing costs we are requesting that you allow us to send the quarterly newsletter to you via email or that you download it from our website (see Newsletter page).  Presently it cost approximately $0.74 to print and mail each copy.   If you are willing to receive the newsletter via email please provide your email address to the Corresponding Secretary at the address below and put in the subject line "UDCHS Address". Thank you for your continued support.  

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