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Story Ideas

We welcome media inquiries, and are happy to hear from those interested in doing stories on the people, places and things in the Olde English District. Shown here are just a few story ideas. Please send us an e-mail message, or call for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Makin’ Music and Mischief

Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw, SC, where his primary activities were, in his words, “Makin’ music and mischief, not necessarily in that order”. His church and the movie theater where he became a child “bouncer” still stand and stories about him abound in this charming town. In addition to the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial at the Town Square, the “Dizzy” Park, in his old neighborhood features metal sculptures by Bob Doster, designed with local children.

She Who Must Be Obeyed

Artist Bob Doster’s work has been featured all over the world. In Lancaster, SC, he has created a gallery with a metal sculpture garden featuring some of his nationally known work. The studio and gallery are open to the public, complete with the “she who must be obeyed” sculpture.

Eat a Peach

Dori Sanders, author of Clover and a cookbook, appeared on the Food Network where she showed viewers how to make “Tipsy Chicken with Peaches” and “Yankee Okra”. Dori still works on the family peach farm and at their farm stand, telling stories, selling produce and signing books.

Phylicia Rashad Buys a Piece of History for Mom

Vivian Ayers, mother of Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen, attended Brainerd Institute in Chester County, SC. In her mother’s honor, Ms. Rashad and Ms. Allen have bought the campus and the one remaining building. The restoration process has begun.

What’s a Boykin?

Mary Boykin Chestnut, (an unofficial journalist of the Civil War), the Boykin Spaniel (official state dog of South Carolina) and Boykin Mill Pond Community (unofficial example of a country town), all have their roots in Boykin, SC

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

The oldest continually running town clock in the United States is the focal point of the postcard town of Winnsboro, South Carolina.

What’s in a Name?

William Henry Gist, secessionist governor, was the last governor of SC to reside outside the state capital. Ironically, he made his home in Union. His mansion is now Rose Hill Plantation State Park.