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Guided Berkeley North Historical Tour
April 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Meet at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church to join local historians Keith Gourdin and Richard Porcher and Ryan Bowles the Oakland Club Manager for an on-your-own driving tour of Pineville Chapel, Oakland Club, Gen Francis Marion’s grave site, and a the north end of the Santee Canal (weather permitting).
Meet the Guides
Dr. Richard Porcher, Jr. is a scholar, educator, and conservationist. His distinguished teaching career at The Citadel integrated field biology into the curriculum (1970 – 2003). Dr. Porcher is the author of definitive books on South Carolina botanical and cultural resources. He has dedicated the proceeds from his books to student scholarships. Dr. Porcher is a renowned conservationist that uses his knowledge to influence regional environmental policies. He was the recipient of 2007 SC Environmentalist of the Year Award, and has mentored many prominent southeastern naturalists.
Keith Gourdine was born in Berkeley County and has lived in Pineville for the past 80 years (except while off at school). He grew up farming with his father, Peter Palmer Gourdin, and worked as a Safety Professional in the manufacturing industry. He married Betty in 1960, and they have two children & two grandchildren.
Keith formed Berkeley North Historical & Cultural Association (abt. 2006) and began historical tours, cultural affairs, etc. primarily in the St. Stephen’s Parish area. Beginning in 2007, he fed his cousin (who owns the Columbia Star Newspaper) historical information about the Village of Pineville and St. Stephen’s Parish, to the tune of 75 weeks, all the while discovering history present in his village. Accumulating a great home library and compiling extensive historical notes and finds of his ancestry continues almost daily on his agenda of fun things to do.
An opportunity opened to join the Berkeley Soil & Water Conservation District several years ago, so Keith now serves as a Commissioner and really enjoys being a part of the recently formed Environmental History of Berkeley County; that of “Protecting the Past, Preserving the Present, and Promising the Future” of Berkeley County. . . through education. He believes strongly in those three short phrases, and promotes them through our state and county educational system.