Jimmy Chmielewski on the Madeira in the Asylum

In the shadowy depths of the infamous Lunatic Asylum in Columbia, SC, a Charleston secret remained walled up for over three years. It was there, unknown to the patients and then to the Union prisoners during the destruction of the Civil War, that an invaluable collection of madeira stayed hidden.

Angie Tunstall on Eliza Pinckney

“She was moved here from the West Indies by her father, and she had the brains and foresight to understand that, with this warm, humid climate, indigo would grow as well in South Carolina as it did in Antigua,”

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