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Middleton Place Foundation Book Launch with Virginia Beach – American Landmark

March 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us in welcoming beloved author Virginia Beach for a book launch celebration of her newest piece of work, American Landmark: Charles Duell and the Rebirth of Middleton Place, hosted by the Middleton Place Foundation. When Beach undertook writing the history of the Middleton Place Foundation, she began by tracing the early life of Middleton descendant Charles Duell, who established the nonprofit foundation in 1974. Seeking to understand the importance of Middleton Place in the pantheon of American landmarks, the author also examined some 400 years of the historical record – starting with the colonial era and the American Revolution, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and into the 20th and 21st centuries. Affirming Ralph Waldo Emerson’s thesis that “there is properly no history, only biography,” American Landmark weaves together myriad biographical stories, introducing us to an array of protagonists – both White and Black – associated with Middleton Place. Whether a president of the First Continental Congress, a schooner captain, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, or a pastry cook – the lives of numerous Middletons are intertwined with those of the enslaved men and women, and their descendants, who served them. Moreover, Middleton Place has become a nexus for truth seeking and reconciliation as Americans pursue a fuller understanding of their past.

This event is in-person, free, and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, please fill out the form below.

To purchase your copy of American Landmark: Charles Duell and the Rebirth of Middleton Place by Virginia Beach from Buxton Books, click here.

About the Author:

Virginia Beach writes for numerous publications on the subjects of plantation history and land conservation. She has also served on the staffs of The Nature Conservancy, the Lowcountry Land Trust and the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, as well as on the national editorial board of Saving Land. A native of Richmond, she earned a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa.Virginia’s first book, Medway, a history of a Cooper River rice plantation, was published by Wyrick & Company with photographs by Tom Blagden. Her next book, Rice & Ducks: The Surprising Convergence that Saved the Carolina Lowcountry, was published jointly by Ducks Unlimited and Evening Post Books. It chronicles the land conservation movement of Lowcountry South Carolina and won the 2015 Independent Publisher’s gold medal for best southeastern nonfiction.Virginia and her husband, Dana Beach – who founded the Coastal Conservation League in 1989 – are avid birders and nature enthusiasts, having lived in Charleston for nearly four decades and raised their two children there. In 2019, they collaborated to write a history of the Conservation League entitled, A Wholly Admirable Thing: Defending Nature and Community on the South Carolina Coast.


March 15, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm