06 April 2017

"Tide of Death" returns to Beaufort Branch

Oh the wind did blow so high 
And de storm was all abroad
But yet we recognize in it
The wonderful power of God.

Beaufort County experienced a lot of damage last October but Hurricane Matthew was a baby storm in comparison with the most devastating natural disaster to ever befall Beaufort District. 

On a single terrifying night in late August 1893 a cataclysmic hurricane ripped through the islands and lowlands of South Carolina and Georgia drowning thousands and leaving tens of thousands more destitute. Although largely unknown outside our region,  the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893 still remains the fifth most deadly hurricane in US history. The Library’s Beaufort District Collection Manager, Grace Cordial, will share photographs, diary accounts and other rare materials about the night that death came to call in the final program in the pilot Beaufort History Museum/Beaufort County Library local history series. Space is limited. Closed when full. Registration required at https://beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org/event-2516200 Update: April 14, 2017 - ALL seats have been taken! On the day of the event, walk-ins will be accommodated first come, first serve for any reserved seats not occupied by the reservation holder at 1:55 pm. No one will be admitted once the program begins at 2 pm. 

Please note: This program concludes the pilot season of the Beaufort History Museum/Beaufort County Library local history series. There will be no BHM/BCL programs during the Summer months.

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