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Lowcountry Proud: Dorchester County, Summerville History Unearthed

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Summerville is full of history. Much of that history dates back to the Civil War. One family who lives in historic Summerville has been finding artifacts you might expect to find in a museum in their yard.

Lots of kids spend time digging around and having fun in their yard. But it's what the Reagin kids find around the house in historic Summerville that makes their yard different.

Greer Reagin and her husband moved to the house six years ago. They are raising their three kids on the property. "It is a quite a fun treasure hunt that we have, typically after a hard rain in Summerville."

They find all kinds of pottery and other pieces from the 1800s. "As you saw this afternoon, you just kind of walk around the yard, looking for colored glass, pieces of pottery and go inside and wash them off, and everybody gets to pick their favorites  to put in their bucket for their special treasure box."

The Reagin kids love showing off their finds.

Hughston says, "Its cool. Neat finding stuff from old timey." His brother Harrison agrees. "What I like about this is, this one, it has flowers on them. And it's a plate. And I decided that if I find all the pieces to it, I'd just connect them and pretend that it's a plate."

Greer says, "there's a lot of history to this piece of property. I've been told that there were soldiers that inhabited the church, St. Paul's, right behind our house. So the area that our house is situated on, could have been the campsite for those soldiers. The soldiers pitched tents. The soldiers played harmonicas in the evening to pass the time, and we've found innards of the harmonicas that we have in our shadow box."

Dr. Edward West is the President of the Summerville Dorchester Museum.  He says the house, "is where most of the community activity was. It's not likely that there were camps over there, but there were a whole lot of people over there coming and going to church. There were huge amounts of refugees during the war."

He spent some time on the property, and found a number of things just within about 10 meters of space in the yard. He found, "a militia pin. A hat pin probably, which would have been a device a militiaman would have worn. We found an infantry button from a confederate uniform. And we found a federal button that would have been, probably from the occupation time, 1865."

Greer says it's a great way to teach her kids about history. "It's really neat. It's a great thing to be able to pass down to the children.  We now have a third grader and a first grader, so they are starting to learn about history. And it really makes history come to life for them."

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