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Illustrations | 2005-04-14
Transcription Haply 199th !


By BETTYLOU R. TERRY
T&D Correspondent

BAMBERG - For the last several years,
the birthday of William Gilmore Simms,
noted 19th century South Carolina au-
thor, is celebrated- at what was his sum-
mer home, "Woodlands," in Bamberg
County.
This year marks Simms' 199th birth-
day celebration. A celebration will be
held at the plantation at 3 p.m. this Sun-
day, April 17. Sponsoring the event are
the Bamberg Arts Council, the Bamberg
Board of the South Carolina National
Heritage Corridor and the Historic Soci-
ety of Bamberg County. Descendants of
Simms have agreed to hold a tour of the
house for this day only.
The program will be held outdoors
under a live oak tree. A "lady from the
past" will read short passages from
Simms' works, and a family friend will
talk about "Miss Mudd" and her em-
braces of the family and the past.
Also featured will be a senior from
USC who will share his study of Simms
and an essay on the author. Vocalist- Lin-
da Hibbler will perform spirituals from
Simms' time, and vocalist Joe Jones is
scheduled to sing "The Lord's Prayer."
The program will allow time to ex-
plore the cemetery on the plantation
and the building where Simms wrote
most of his more than 80 literary works.
Simms inherited the 4,000-acre plan-
tation from his wife's (Chevillette Eliza
Roach) father. This was his .refuge for
writing and entertaining such notables
as Edgar Allin Poe and other writers.
Chevillette was buried in 1863 in the
family cemetery with several of their
children. Ten of their 14 children are
buried in the churchyard of the Episco-
pal Church of the Holy Apostles in Barn-
well. Simms, however, is buried in Mag-
nolia Cemetery in Charleston, a fact
mentioned in the recent televised burial
of men recovered from The Citadel dig-
cgs.The Simms recognition will conclude
with a reception in the house.
The celebration is open to the public.
To reach. Woodlands, take U.S. 78, ap-
proximately four miles east of Bamberg
and turn left into the white gate where a
sign will be placed:
For more information, call Nancy
Foster at 803-245-1000 or Kay Maxwell
at 803-2245-6144.




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