History of northern Greenville County, surrounding area featured in July 14 talk

Published 8:00 am Saturday, July 7, 2018

Conserving Carolina will host a free lecture titled “The Dark Corner – An Elusive to Exclusive Odyssey,” presented by the “Squire of Dark Corner,” Dean Campbell, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve. 

Dean Campbell

The presentation is an overview of the famous mountainous region in northern Greenville County, South Carolina, known for over 175 years for moonshine, mystery and mayhem. Attendees will learn how the corner went from a place one could never find to a place that offers three exclusives for the state of South Carolina.

Campbell is native to South Carolina; his maternal and paternal ancestors came to the area in 1784 and 1832. He was the first person to delineate the Dark Corner, in both words and photographs, in his “Eyes to the Hills—A Photographic Odyssey of the Dark Corner,” published in 1994 and reprinted in 2008.

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His 150 Twice-told Tales of the Dark Corner, written as a columnist for Tryon Daily Bulletin, are published in two books.

Dean will have copies of his books and a few DVDs of “The Dark Corner” documentary for purchase after the presentation.  Those who are interested are invited to stick around to see portions of the documentary not shown during the presentation.

The lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve. For more information or directions, contact Pam Torlina at Conserving Carolina at 828-697-5777, ext. 300, or email pam@conservingcarolina.org. 

Walnut Creek Preserve is private property, and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group). 

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Pam Torlina