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The South Carolina State Museum
by Katie Walter of Norwood, N.C.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
12:30–3:00pm - Our stop on the way to Savannah, Ga.
Who knew stopping at the South Carolina State Museum would not only allow me to see some pretty interesting machines designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, but to make a connection to Savannah, Ga., our final destination for this trip? As I started wandering through the museum I found some fairly eye-catching displays. These displays included replications of the Geo. P. Little's Stables, the Standard Oil Company,the CSS Hunley Submarine, the Best Friend of Charleston train, a museum road show, and my two personal favorites: the Horrell HillConsolidated School of 1898 and the colors of the Second Regiment of South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.
The Horrell Hill Consolidated School was built in 1898 at the cost of $969.40. The principal Howell Morrel, the students, and others in the community contributed to the cost. In 1924, a tornado killed four students and destroyed the building. The school was replaced by Horrell Hill Elementary School and Consolidated High School which was later renamed the Lower Richland High School.
The exhibit that caught my attention and was the most interesting to me was the Revolutionary War exhibit. I learned there was a connection to our final destination of Savannah, Ga. On July 1, 1776, Major Barnard Elliot's wife presented the Second Regiment of South Carolina with two flags, one red, one blue that would be known as their colors. The colors were carried through the Revolutionary War's Battle of Charleston in May of 1779. The colors were later captured by British soldiers during the Battle of Savannah on October 9, 1779, and then taken back to
England by Commander Colonel Augustin Prevost. The fate of the red flag is unknown; however, the blue flag was bought back from Prevost's descendants in 1989 by the National Museum of American History and the South Carolina State Museum. After restoration, the blue flag stays on exhibit between the two museums. This part of the trip was an exciting learning experience!
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