Key Contributors to Thomson Park Thomson Park was developed in 2010-2012 by more than 150 generous individuals and organizations whose financial and non-financial contributions made this free public park a reality. The park is attractive and inviting due to the tireless work of dedicated volunteer groundskeeper Wayne Stelljes, who maintains and enhances the landscape. The Town of Sullivan’s Island mows the surroundings and respectful visitors keep the park tidy. Generous family and friends have donated the memorial bicycle rack and benches. Following is a partial list of contributors in our broad community of support.

Individual Donors: There would be no Thomson Park without the personal financial contributions of Paula Benson, Bud Black, John & Jane Brooks, Chris Brown, Cam Burn, Mr. & Mrs. W. Russell Campbell, Sr., Tom & Haskell Carr, David Churchill, Bill & Tricia Clark, Bill Connelly, Scott & Janet Cracraft, Gov. & Mrs. Jim Edwards, John & Ann Evans, Mike Fahey, Larry & Betsy Fritz, H. Darrell and Lydia Goss in honor of ancestor Sergeant John Dick who was wounded in action at Breach Inlet, Bob Hackler, Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin A. Hagood, Sr., Hugh Harrington, Leon Harris, Ernest Hatchell, Eugenia T. Heath, Michael Hull, Richard Hutson, John & Karen Hendricks, Tom Kern, Brenda & Charles Larsen, Nancy Lindroth, James Lockemy, Doug & Liz MacIntyre, Sidney & Scott in honor of Hudson MacIntyre, Winston MacIntyre, Dan & Darby Maguire, Mac & Cynthia Monroe, Ned & Louisa Montgomery, Ben Moore, Sandra Moore, John & Elise Morrow, Phil & Stephanie Moseley, John Moss, Dr. Rick Pennebaker, Ron Plunkett, John & Johanne Ramsey, Tom Ross, John Schmonsees, Graham Scott, Lockwood Shecut, Mayor Carl Smith, Frank Stanley, Marianna Taylor, Jim Thompson, Tommy Thornhill, Lib Tiller, Clyde & Carlin Timmons, Keith & Celine Thomas, Jerry & Faye Truesdale, Terry & Nina Truesdale, Penny Walker, John Winchester, Beau Wise, and Walter Yost.

Organizational Donors: Essential financial support was donated by civic-minded organizations including the Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of the American Revolution: Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Rebecca Motte chapters, Exchange Club of Charleston, First Citizens Bank, Fort Sumter National Monument, General William Moultrie Statue Fund, Museum of Marion County, Seabrook Island Natural History Group, Sons of the American Revolution: Major General William Moultrie chapter, and the Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina.

Service Donors: We truly appreciate the individuals and organizations that provided pro bono and in kind services and we encourage you to patronize and support them: Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection of Brown University, Blair Halford, Charles Bondo, Clyde Timmons Design, Darby Erd, Dawley Surveying, Phil Eckman, Gibbes Museum of Art, Historic Charleston Foundation, Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Old Salem Museum and Gardens, South Carolina Department of Transportation, South Carolina Historical Society, Sunrise Presbyterian Church, the Town of Sullivan’s Island, and Fort Moultrie unit of Fort Sumter National Monument (National Park Service).

Research Assistance: Our core research facility is the SC Historical Society, where the courteous professional staff is always willing to help serious researchers. Authors, experts, and enthusiastic people in numerous other institutions shared insights and resources to help reconstruct the past. We are indebted for the assistance of the Charleston Archive and the South Carolina Room at the Charleston County Library; the Charleston Library Society; the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library, Special Collections, and Avery Institute; the Daniel Library at The Citadel; the South Caroliniana Library; the Catawba Cultural Center; the Calhoun County Museum; and the Reference Library of the SC Department of Archives and History. We have received invaluable assistance from online resources, which provide ever-increasing access to information not available to previous researchers. While Friends of Danger too numerous to mention offered valuable ideas and suggestions, I gratefully acknowledge the patient and detailed assistance and insights of my wife Liz MacIntyre, the inspiration of Walter Edgar, and the special contributions of key people: Michael Allen, Bob Brooks, Carl Borick, Nic Butler, Mike Coker, Dennis Conrad, Dawn Davis, Harlan Greene, Rick Hatcher, Bob Johnson, Cindy Lee, John Morrow, Zack Pace, Neal Polhemus, David Preston, and Dave Wilson. Fellows of the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution (SCAR) challenged and encouraged the research to increase our understanding of this slice of history. A heartfelt tip of the hat goes to Joel Anderson, Charles Baxley, Jeff Dennis, Hugh Harrington, Dean Hunt, Patrick O’Kelley, Jack Parker, David Reuwer, John Robertson, Michael Scoggins, Dan Tortora, and above all, Leon Harris.

Press: News and entertainment publications were instrumental in increasing awareness of the project. We are grateful for coverage in The Post & Courier, Charleston Mercury, The Island Eye News, Moultrie News, Marlboro Herald Advocate, Patriots of the American Revolution,, and Walter Edgar’s Journal on SCETV Radio.

Civic and Heritage Organization Programs: Groups from the South Carolina Lowcountry and beyond enabled our educational mission by affording opportunities to address influential people. We appreciate the support of the Augusta Genealogical Society, Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of the American Revolution: Rebecca Motte, Eliza Lucas Pinckney, and Fort Sullivan chapters, Exchange Clubs of Charleston and Isle of Palms, Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust, Harbour Club, Historic Charleston Foundation, Museum of Marion County, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina, Palmetto Society, Partisan Society of the Congaree, Saint Andrews Society, Saint David’s Society, Sertoma Club, Shepherd’s Center, Sons of the American Revolution: Major General William Moultrie chapter, National Park Service, Sumter Guards, and Washington Light Infantry.

Professional Partners: We were fortunate to work with businesses whose work is a labor of love. The History Workshop produced the exhibits under the skillful direction of Carol Poplin, with imaginative design by John Cason and original battle scene art by Ambrose Hoilman. Historical military artists Pam and Bryant White of White Historic Art faithfully recreated the historical record in original paintings of the participants. Bill Watson of Carolina Tree Brokers meticulously landscaped the site and installed the exhibits, benches, and palmetto log walls.

To Contribute: Private funding is needed for periodic repairs and replacements of palmetto logs, exhibits, and landscaping. Tax-deductible gifts designated for Thomson Park may be made through The Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust, which serves as our 501(c)(3) sponsor for receiving and disbursing funds. For information, please contact Thomson Park Chair Doug MacIntyre 843-860-9173

One Response to Contributors

  1. John A. Morrow says:

    Again,the people of South Carolina owe you a huge “Thank You” for your sterling work and efforts with the successful opening of Thomson Park,Breech Inlet.
    It was long over due.
    The public showed great interest at the exhibition(even met a lady whose ancestor served in Brown’s King’s Rangers,from Florida).
    I also,enjoyed meeting and chatting with your family very much.
    Congratulations,and a big Carolina Thank You for your tremendous efforts in putting it all together.
    John A. Morrow

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