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Uncovering “Broad Street and Beyond” – A Journey Through Charleston History with Peg Eastman

November 29, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Join the Library Society in celebrating the most recent publication of a devoted longtime member, Margaret (Peg) Middleton Rivers Eastman, and her co-author, Robert P. Stockton – Broad Street and Beyond: Charleston’s Historic Nexus of Power. These incredible authors and historians are prominent examples of how love of place can be expressed through the written word. Broad Street and Beyond is an homage to a beloved and pivotal Charlestonian street that’s impact can be seen through today.

“If great men and women can have biographies, why not a great street? This fascinating account of almost 400 years of life, growth, and turmoil on Broad Street is no dry history: it is told in 60 short takes that are a joy to read.” – Armand Derfner, Constitutional scholar, civil rights attorney, co-author of Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court

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Order “Broad Street and Beyond” from Buxton Books in advance by clicking HERE.

About the Book:
This book celebrates Charleston’s distinctive history, culture, and charm. It is a collection of true stories centered on, though not confined to, Broad Street, unquestionably Charleston’s most historic thoroughfare. Broad Street was intended to be the site of handsome public buildings, mercantile operations, and prestigious residences, and it has fulfilled that destiny. The street has been used for parades, public gatherings, and state funerals. It has been the scene of riots, duels, and various crimes. A custom house, banks, bars, lawyers, real estate companies, art shops, restaurants, churches, hotels, and other businesses have thrived there. Broad Street has served as the heartbeat of historic Charleston since the city’s start on the peninsula in the 1670s.

About Peg Eastman:
A Charlestonian by birth, Peg is actively involved in the preservation of Charleston’s rich cultural heritage. She is a columnist for the Charleston Mercury and has published through McGraw Hill and The History Press. She has also published in Carologue, a publication of the South Carolina Historical Society. For many years, she was a professional guide at Winterthur Museum in Delaware and was a partner in an international consulting business that specialized in safety documentation in highly hazardous industries. In Charleston, she has lectured on various topics related to the Holy City’s architectural history. She attends the Huguenot Church and is a member of several local organizations and national hereditary societies. She has two fine sons, three grandsons, and three granddaughters of whom she is inordinately proud.

About Robert Stockton:
Born in Biloxi, Bob Stockton adopted Charleston as his home. He is the author of The Great Shock and The History of the Carolina Yacht Club, and contributed articles to scholarly journals. He wrote The News and Courier column “Do you Know Your Charleston” for many years. The column received the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Press Award in 1976. He twice edited the Notes for Guides of Historic Charleston. He served on the city’s Board of Architectural Review. He is a consultant in historical and architectural research, and an adjunct history professor at the College of Charleston. He has an accomplished son, John DeVeaux Stockton, a grandson, and a step-granddaughter.


November 29, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm