If people keep selling off farmland because it’s “in an upward trending market” to build crap home developments it’s not going to end well. The more developers and real estate agencies sell it off assuming “oh there’s other farmland out there,” there’s going to be nothing left. Farms and Food don’t just come from some magic land. It comes from actual pieces of earth that are slowly but surely being ruined by suburban development. Modern day “conservatism” has lost the root of its’ meaning: conserve. No farms, no food.
basically I’m really pissed off because Rosebank Farm’s 20 acres where their stand is is up for sale : “Located in an upward trending market. Consists of 21.51 acres; 18.30 acres of highland and 3.231 acres of marsh. Highest & best use is Single-Family Residential Development. Marsh views of Haulover Creek at the entrance to Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. The property is currently being used for agriculture purposes and a popular, local produce stand.”
A popular local produce stand that won’t be around if you keep buying up the fucking land.
This just broke my heart a little. Between this and the 526 extension…
Dawn Langley Hall Simmons: A Correction and Elucidation
On February 28th this year, I posted an image of the Villa Margherita at 4 South Battery Street, including some history about the mansion and a local legend that I had personally heard was connected to it. I tried to do research to find specific information about the legend, but was not able to find anything at all, so I went ahead and mentioned it as a myth. This is the passage in question:
One myth surrounding the house that I have heard (though I have not been able to find attestation for it) centers around a male inhabitant that went to Paris with his butler. He supposedly returned as a female and was pregnant. This is just one of the many stories that circulate around the Holy City.
About a month or so ago, I discovered the truth and wanted to correct my error here. The individual was actually not associated with the Villa Margherita at all, but with a house in Ansonborough. She was born Gordon Langley Hall, and later became Dawn Langley Hall Simmons. She was actually born female but incorrectly sexed, and raised as a male. Her trip to Europe (where she was born) was not to have a sex change but to legally correct that original mistake. Interestingly, hers was the first legal interracial marriage in the state of South Carolina.
To hear a complete account of the story on an episode of This American Life, reported by Charleston’s own Jack Hitt, click here. In the episode, Hitt actually interviews Simmons herself.