By Anne Sinkler Fishburne,Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq

“Belvidere is underwater too deep for any eye yet that of reminiscence to reach,” starts Anne Sinkler Fishburne reverential reminiscences of her ancestral domestic. situated in among Santee River and Eutaw Creek close to ultra-modern Eutaw Springs, South Carolina, Belvidere plantation as soon as produced Santee lengthy cotton (a hybrid among Upland cotton and Sea Island cotton) and brief staple cotton on its approximately 800 acres of wealthy Lowcountry soil and served because the domestic of the Sinkler relations from the 1770s till the Nineteen Forties. a sublime two-story trees condominium used to be equipped at the estate in 1803, entire with full-brick basement, brick starting place, a welcoming piazza around the entrance, and a wide wing balanced at the contrary aspect with a brick-paved sunlight piazza. In 1936, a race tune used to be developed at Belvidere to host races for the St. John’s Jockey membership (originally the Santee Jockey Club). The storied and colourful existence at Belvidere got here to an in depth in 1941, even though, with the final touch of the massive Santee Cooper hydroelectric improvement. Belvidere, like many plantations of the parish, now rests under the waters of Lake Marion, yet its prior can nonetheless be skilled through the fashionable reader during this plantation memory.

First released in 1949, Belvidere chronicles existence on the plantation via letters, memoir, and historic learn. while Fishburne amassed the fabrics that compose this quantity, she only needed to maintain for her grandchildren the tale of the plantation that was once her loved domestic and that of many generations of her forebears. Written in an invitingly real Lowcountry voice, the ensuing narrative is a chance to sit down at the piazza and stroll the gardens once again and percentage tales of a life-style from a bygone period. that includes twenty-four illustrations, this commemorative version of Belvidere is more suitable with a brand new advent by way of Fishburne’s granddaughter Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, an finished family members historian, writer, and editor.

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