11 December 2014

Brooker on Tabby at CDM

You can learn about the history of tabby construction at the Coastal Discovery Museum next week.  Colin Brooker will discuss tabby and similar building methods and materials in “Tabby, Pise and Cob: Investigations, Discovery and Interpretation,” at 3 PM on Wednesday, December 17th in the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.  Fee: $7.00 per person. 

Brooker will discuss his most recent research and restoration projects in the Lowcountry including: cisterns at Fort Johnson, an ice house on Edisto Island, an early Freedman’s house on Berry Island, and slave dwellings on Daufuskie Island.  In addition, he will address international projects in the Bahamas and in southeast England. Brooker is an international expert on form-built structures comprised of natural materials found on site.  His investigations have widened accepted scholarship about this subject. He will discuss the character and techniques of these sites as well as their meaning during the period of 1780-1845.

If you can’t make his lecture, you can visit the Beaufort District Collection room to review some of our materials about tabby (several of which he wrote) and/or read about tabby in the “Virtual BDC” http://bit.ly/1umfw4W

Reminder: The BDC Research Room is closed Fri., Dec. 12th due to staff shortage. We plan on returning to regular hours Mon., Dec. 15 - Tues., Dec. 23rd.  

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