239 episodes

Dr. Nic Butler, historian at the Charleston County Public Library, explores the less familiar corners of local history with stories designed to educate, entertain, and inspire audiences to reflect on the enduring presence of the past in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Charleston Time Machine Nic Butler, CCPL

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    • 4.8 • 111 Ratings

Dr. Nic Butler, historian at the Charleston County Public Library, explores the less familiar corners of local history with stories designed to educate, entertain, and inspire audiences to reflect on the enduring presence of the past in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

    Episode 239: Careening across the Lowcountry in the Age of Sail

    Episode 239: Careening across the Lowcountry in the Age of Sail

    The waterways of coastal South Carolina once teemed with a large variety of wooden sailing vessels, all of which required frequent maintenance to keep their hulls in ship shape. The work of careening, or rotating a vessel to expose its lower hull, was difficult and dangerous, but so routine that few records of this work survive. In this episode of the Charleston Time Machine, we’ll explore the techniques, locations, and laborers involved in one of the Lowcountry’s least-remembered maritime traditions.

    • 31 min
    Episode 238: Charleston's Second Ice Age: Rise of the Machines

    Episode 238: Charleston's Second Ice Age: Rise of the Machines

    Ice was a summer luxury in antebellum Charleston, brought southward in huge blocks by ships from New England. The invention of ice-making machines after the Civil War transformed the industry, but a sour economy and consumer skepticism delayed local adoption of the new technology. Cheaper “artificial ice” finally debuted in the Palmetto City in 1888, while deliveries of imported “natural ice” slowly declined. The rise of mechanized ice production at the turn of the twentieth century transformed food and beverage habits across the Lowcountry, and established an appetite for a cooler, modern lifestyle.

    • 26 min
    Episode 237: Clementia Mineral Spring: Ghost Town that Never Was

    Episode 237: Clementia Mineral Spring: Ghost Town that Never Was

    Along a shady stretch of Highway 162 in Hollywood, South Carolina, stands a humble marker for Clementia Village. Local lore describes the site as the location of forgotten “ghost town,” but a search for its history reveals a different story. Formerly a part of a large rice plantation, the land bubbled with a font of spring water after the earthquake of 1886. The property owner marketed the wholesome, restorative powers of the mineral-rich water during the early years of the twentieth century, but the site devolved under a cloud during the turbulent Jazz Age.

    • 29 min
    Episode 236: The Charleston Tar-and-Feathers Incident of 1775

    Episode 236: The Charleston Tar-and-Feathers Incident of 1775

    Like most American colonists during the turbulent spring of 1775, the people of South Carolina were anxious about British military preparations to suppress the first sparks of the Revolution. When two Irishmen in Charleston expressed views that offended their pro-American neighbors in June, an elite secret committee ordered the pair to be stripped, covered in tar and feathers, paraded through the town, and exiled. Historians have identified the two victims as loyalists to the British Crown, but the extant evidence suggests a more nuanced interpretation: Religious discrimination, inflamed by political paranoia, fueled this episode of vigilante injustice.

    • 36 min
    Episode 235: Navigating the Bar of Charleston Harbor: Gateway to the Atlantic

    Episode 235: Navigating the Bar of Charleston Harbor: Gateway to the Atlantic

    Ship traffic flowing in and out of Charleston Harbor has played a vital role in the local economy for more than 350 years. For most of that time, however, a network of shifting sandbars at the mouth of the harbor complicated the passage of all large vessels. Early maritime trade blossomed with the aid of skilled pilots and navigational buoys and beacons, but natural silting threatened to choke commercial traffic in the late nineteenth century. Thanks to the construction of an artificial channel through two massive stone jetties, South Carolina’s principal port continues to flourish.

    • 24 min
    Episode 234: Brewing Beer for the Carolina Station during the Era of Captain George Anson

    Episode 234: Brewing Beer for the Carolina Station during the Era of Captain George Anson

    In 1724, the Royal Navy sent Captain George Anson with HMS Scarborough to protect the rice-producing colony of South Carolina. British sailors assigned to the Carolina Station received a gallon of strong beer each day, but supplies in the port of Charles Town were limited. Captain Anson served his king and likely made a small profit by operating a brewery in an orange grove on his Cooper River property, now called Ansonborough. 

    In this episode, we’ll explore the logistics, ingredients, and labor involved in colonial-era brewing and distill the archival evidence into a new, historically-informed brew.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

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Hooked.

Listened to one on the jetties and now totally hooked. Been wanting this type of history for years, but only just realized where to look!

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Fascinating!!

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