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2016 Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society Preservation Awards

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Since 1992 The Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society has been recognizing, naming and awarding individuals and organizations across the county whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in historic preservation. The society realized it needed to bring awareness to the residents of Colleton during the time when one historic building after another was being bought, sold and demolished. The awards cover categories such as stewardship, rehabilitation, adaptive use, restoration, rural properties, small communities, plantation preservation, improvements to historic sites and contemporary enhancement of streetscapes. This year the preservation committee added two new awards. The first added was the Colleton Community award and the second added was the Colleton Rural Property Award. Since the start of the Preservation Awards, 118 have been given. This past Thursday four more properties were added to this exclusive list.
The St. Bartholomew Award was created to remember the parish that our county once was. Our county has so many historic sites that need to be protected and preserved, so it seemed the award for preservation of historic sites should be called the St. Bartholomew’s Award. This year the society presented this award to the Varn family who are the owners of the Broxton Bridge Civil War Earthworks. For over nine generations, the family has worked to ensure the embankment and breastworks have remained as they were. The family also hosts tours and a reenactment of the Battle of Broxton Bridge every year. Mrs. Gwen and Jerry Varn accepted the award on behalf of the Varn family.
The Colleton Rural Property Award was crea

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ted out of a need to recognize home sites or properties of historical interest with or without structures and having only minor changes. This award is to encourage residents in rural areas of our county to preserve and maintain these wonderful old places. This year the award was given to a home located at 3568 Sunrise Road in Smoaks. The home known as the Joe and Alma Bishop Thomas home was built by the Thomas family in 1921. Several members of the Thomas family were present at the awards and the accepting the award on behalf of the family was Ray Thomas.
In 1784 the town of Walterborough was founded with the expectation that the pineland village might become a functional city, and so it has. Each generation is given the responsibility of preserving what is best and improving that which needs to be changed. Stewardship is a gift and a responsibility. There are key historic properties in this town and those who own these are the stewards during their ownership and hopefully, protect them, so that these architectural treasures may be passed to the next generation. This year the Walterborough Key Historic Property Award is presented to the Glover-Padgett-Jackson House at 124 Savage Street for the stewardship and protection of this beautiful residence. The Glover home was constructed in 1830. Its first preservation was in 1954 by owner Lois Padgett. She also had some additions made. The current owners, Jack and Toni Jackson, purchased the

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house in 2000. They have worked tirelessly to maintain and enhance the historic integrity of the home and property. For their efforts, the couple are this year’s recipients of the Walterborough Key Historic Property Award.
The last award given this year was the Simon Verdier Award. This award was named to honor a French Huguenot who settled in Colleton County in early 1800. The award was presented to the host of the evening, Mr. Gordon Rhoden. For the past year Rhoden has been restoring the Kinard-Rhoden House located at 4742 Bells Highway. Rhoden has enjoyed restoring his grandparent’s farm house and watching as it came alive once again. The home was open before and after the awards for those in attendance to tour. Rhoden says the family intends on returning some original furniture to the home before members of the Rhoden family move back into the home. Many guests really enjoyed the awa

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rds this year, saying it felt very personal and they loved hearing the stories of each of the properties. Several photo boards were on display as well giving guests a look back. If you have a property and would like to know if it may qualify for one of the many awards given by CCHAPS, please feel free to contact them by email at [email protected]

Christie Slocum (319 Posts)