Natural History at Bloomsbury

All seats were filled at the members-only program June 1, 2014, at beautiful Bloomsbury, Camden, SC, with entertaining appearance of Frenchman “André Michaux,” eighteenth-century naturalist, courtesy of re-enactor Charlie Williams. Camden lawyer and author Henry Savage Jr. lived at Bloomsbury while working with wife Elizabeth on a major biography of André Michaux and his son François, travelers through this area.

Historic Bloomsbury, now Bloomsbury Inn

Michaux, per Charlie Williams, at Bloomsbury with Historical Society

Michaux, per Charlie Williams, at Bloomsbury with Historical Society members

Refreshments on Bloomsbury porch

Refreshments on Bloomsbury porch


Kershaw County’s Lost Heritage?? Click to learn about Charlie Williams and a search last year with the Katawba Valley Land Trust  for Michaux’s Kalmia cuneata in Kershaw County. At the meeting at Bloomsbury June 1, Charlie urged Kershaw County Historical Society members to join the search in local places and to spread the word of it. If you don’t find the plant this year around June this year, he said, search again next year–you will at least enjoy a outing in nature!

Let us know if you see the Kalmia cuneata

kalmia cuneata

Kalmia cuneata


Joan A. Inabinet and L. Glen Inabinet are co-authors of A HISTORY OF KERSHAW COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA (2011, University of South Carolina Press) and active in the Kershaw County Historical Society in Camden, S.C.

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