2023 Reunion Report

The 2023 annual Heyward family reunion took place on April 22, 2023 at White Hall Plantation on White Hall road, south of Walterboro, SC. White Hall Plantation is known to have been owned by Nathaniel Barnwell Heyward (1816 – 1891), who probably inherited it indirectly from his grandfather Nathaniel Heyward (1766 – 1851), the South’s greatest rice planter.

Presently White Hall is owned by Richard Chilton, a New Jersey hedge fund manager. who generously made his property accessible to the Heyward Family Association for its outdoor reunion. The beautiful property consists of a stately home at the end of an avenue of ancient oaks; a separate residence for a caretaker; multiple outbuildings; two large ponds; many acres of open fields and forests; and a “secret” walled-in garden containing statues and flowering plants.

Some pictures….

Dining under the oaks
Looking towards the pond and forest
Dawes Cooke speaks to the gathered Heywards about their cousin James Edwin McTeer (1903 – 1979), a highly unconventional sheriff of Beaufort county (SC).

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