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Luncheon Lecture – The Archaeology of Charleston Gunsmithing

April 14 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Dr. Sarah Platt, College of Charleston

Sarah Platt Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, will be discussing the archaeology of gunsmithing at what is now the Heyward-Washington House. Prior to the construction of the standing house in 1771, the townlot was home to two generations of a white gunsmithing family called the Milners and their enslaved. John Milner Sr. and Jr. served as public armorers to the colonial government in Charleston, and three skilled enslaved artisans- a gunsmith, blacksmith, and carpenter formed the backbone of labor for the operation.

Since 1947 the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens has been the Foundation’s largest fundraiser and educational tool and has provided intimate glimpses into some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in Charleston, SC. The Festival’s Food for Thought Lecture Series is a fan-favorite and this year the speakers and topics range from Charleston’s gardens and alluring interiors to Natural Disasters in the Lowcountry and everything in-between. Each lecture will be held atop Charleston’s High Battery at the Captain James Missroon house Community Room with a light lunch provided by Caviar and Bananas.

Limited space available. Tickets required. Limited off-site parking only.