1501 Bay St
Beaufort, SC 29902
Instructor: Beverly Eggert
Artist Jacques LeMoyne was a member of the 1564 French expedition led by Rene Laudionniere who attempted a settlement in Florida called Fort Caroline near modern day Jacksonville, Florida. LeMoyne, who spent a year and a half living and working among the Timucua at Fort Caroline, was the forerunner of today’s documentary photo journalists. Complete with ceremonies, sorcerers, cannibalism, fort building, medical practices, agriculture, hunting, fishing, killing crocodiles, and war, LeMoyne’s drawings depict Native American culture of the Timucua and the experiences of the French who lived among them. LeMoyne’s art was preserved by 16th century Flemish engraver, bookseller, and publisher Theodor de Bry in copperplate engravings after LeMoyne’s death.
Beverly Eggert is a retired Beaufort County English teacher who has a passion for Santa Elena. She discovered the existence of Santa Elena in 1996 while reading The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Volume 1, 1514-1861 by Lawrence Rowland, Alexander Moore, and George C. Rogers, Jr. Her question to herself and all of Beaufort County was, “Wow. This is amazing. Why doesn’t anyone know about it?” She began researching Santa Elena and the people who were involved in her history. In 2000, she wrote a book calledSanta Elena at Parris Island, Where Beaufort’s History Begins.Because she wanted her students to know about Santa Elena, she incorporated the book into her lessons plans. The finale of the lesson was a field trip to the site. Beverly is excited to be involved in educating the world about where Beaufort’s history starts and is the Director of Programs for the Santa Elena Foundation.