2018 Heyward Reunion – Saturday, April 14

This year’s annual Heyward reunion will take place, as usual, on the second Saturday after Easter: April 14, 2018.

The location will be:

Combahee Plantation
829 Combahee Road
Yemassee, SC 29645

Please come meet and mingle with other charming as well as fascinating Heywards. We always have a great time. Be there around 11:00 am. The meeting will start around noon.

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Be sure to wear shoes and clothes appropriate for traipsing around the countryside.

If there are enough small children, we will have games.

Remember to bring the following:

  • A fabulous dish to put on the community table — for instance: meat, salad, dessert, vegetable, your specialty, whatever strikes your fancy.
  • Appropriate clothing & accoutrements for weather
  • money for dues – $25 per immediate family
  • libation of choice
  • bug spray
  • hat for shade
  • any Heyward item of interest or for sale
  • humorous tales, history

The HFA will provide chairs, tables, cups, plates, napkins, cutlery, iced tea and ice.


Cousin and past-President Jim Glover will give a brief but entertaining talk on the illustrious Susan Cole Heyward (later Baring), widow of James Heyward (1764 – 1796). She brought a lot of trouble to the Heyward family and to James’ brother Nathaniel (1766 -1851), who eventually became the owner of what is now Combahee Plantation, our reunion site. In Nathaniel Heyward’s time the plantation was known as Hamburg and was among the most productive of his rice-planting empire.

When James Heyward brought Susan Cole back from England, his family was suspicious of her origins. Jim will reveal who she really was.


The present-day owner of Combahee (pronounced “Cumby”) Plantation is Francis Johnson of Charleston. He and his family have generously made their place available for our reunion. He also has some Heyward silver and other items to show us. Reunion guests should make a point of thanking members of the Johnson family for their generosity.

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