Bloomsbury Inn

1707 Lyttleton Street, Camden, South Carolina 29020
Innkeeper(s): Bruce and Katherine Brown
  • Sensational in Every Season! Bloomsbury Inn

    Sensational in Every Season! Bloomsbury Inn

  • Front View of Bloomsbury Inn

    Front View of Bloomsbury Inn

  • Fall at Bloomsbury Inn

    Fall at Bloomsbury Inn

  • Enjoy the beauty of the southern veranda at Bloomsbury Inn!

    Enjoy the beauty of the southern veranda at Bloomsbury Inn!

  • Mary Chestnut Bed Chamber

    Mary Chestnut Bed Chamber

  • General's Bed Chamber

    General's Bed Chamber

  • Ladies' Parlor

    Ladies' Parlor

  • Commons Area

    Commons Area

 

October: Bloomsbury Red Velvet Cake 12 Oct 2014, 6:13 am

The first question.  Cream Cheese icing?  Chocolate icing?  The never ending battle, both icings are delicious on this perfect red velvet cake.

  Chocolate Icing on Red Velvet Cake

and Cream Cheese Icing on Red Velvet Cake

Perfect Red Velvet Cake

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 (1-ounce) bottles red food coloring (or color as you desire)
  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
  2. Stir together flour, cocoa, and baking soda.  (Stir unless you want to be wearing flour) Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beating at low speed just until blended, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in vanilla; stir in red food coloring. Use batter immediately.
  3. Red Velvet Cake Batter can be baked in lots of different shapes and sizes– be sure to grease and flour your pans. With smaller muffin pans and molds, we found it easier to use a vegetable cooking spray with flour.  For a traditional cake, bake in 3 round cake pans, 8×4 inch, at 325 degrees for 25+ minutes.  Check the cake at the minimum time range, continuing to bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  But, be careful not to overcook or the cake will be dry.

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16-oz.) box powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Beat all ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. As you build your layer cake, place a generous layer of cream cheese between each layer.
  3. Frost the outside of the cake, swirls are pretty and so is a smooth cake.
  4. Enhance your cake by adding edible flowers or herbs or nuts.

Divine Chocolate Icing

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Combine powdered sugar and cocoa; gradually add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk (watch your consistency as you may not need all or you may need a little more buttermilk), beginning and ending with powdered sugar mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.
  3. This is decadent with no enhancements, but edible flowers or nuts will work well.

Bloomsbury Red Velvet Cake

ps:  I have a nephew who loves peanut butter, I have made cream cheese peanut butter icing before for this cake and then decorated with mini reese cups…it is just plain sinful it is so good.

 

Great-Great Grandfather Brown 7 Oct 2014, 6:50 pm

Augustus Cicero (A.C.) Brown, Sr.

(12 May 1832 – 8 October 1862)

By Colonel Bruce Alan Brown, PhD, (USAF Ret )

After the Confederate defeats at Forts Henry and Donelson in February of 1862, a call went out for additional volunteers.  Governor Joseph Brown authorized the creation of a brigade-sized unit from thirty-four counties in northwest Georgia.  According to my grandmother, Clara Belle Bennette Brown, Augustus Cicero Brown, Sr.,  decided he was going to join and “show them Yankees.”

On March 4, 1862, my great, great grandfather was mustered into the 41st Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Camp McDonald in Big Shanty, Georgia.  Company K (the “Campbell Salt Springs Guards” as they called themselves) were 133 volunteers from Campbell County who were commanded by Captain Jonathan J. Bowen.  A review of the company roster reveals twenty-six separate families, represented by at least two or more relatives in the unit.  While the practice of keeping family members together contributed to unit cohesiveness, it often decimated entire families and communities.

After training at Camp McDonald, the 41st was posted to guard a railroad bridge over the Tennessee river at Bridgeport, Alabama.  Then the siege of Corinth compelled the movement of the 41st Georgia to Mississippi.  Outnumbered by Union forces, the Confederates abandoned Corinth, withdrawing 50 miles south to Tupelo, Mississippi in late May.  While encamped there, illness was taking its toll.  On July 17, 1862, Augustus’s half brother, Hiram, passed away from illness.

On July 21st, 98 of the original 133 officers and enlisted men of Company K left Tupelo to defend Chattanooga from a potential attack.  On August 29, the Army of Mississippi, commanded by General Braxton Bragg, invaded Tennessee, taking with him the 41st Georgia.  Moving on to Kentucky, the Confederate Army stopped in Perryville.  There was a drought and as the Union and Confederate Armies confronted each other, the primary issue became water.  On October 7th, fierce skirmishes broke out over the control of the only water source, Doctor’s Creek.  At night fall, the fighting closed for the day.

The next day, October 8th, a little after noon, Confederate artillery opened fire on the Union lines.  The 41st Georgia was formed on the right side of the Rebel battle line that stretched over a mile in length.  Company K was deployed near the center of the regiment which formed under the cover of a grove of oak trees that lined Doctor’s Creek and waited.  Ordered to form up, they deployed shoulder to shoulder in a linear formation with intervals of only 21 to 24 inches between them.  They were followed by a second identical line, only 32 inches behind the first.  The 98 men of Company K covered a front of approximately 25 yards and would be going into battle for the first time.

At 2:15 that afternoon, moving out from the woods, Company K came under fire from Union troops defending Open Knob Hill about two hundred yards away.  Opposing Company K were elements of the 33rd Union Brigade, the 105th Ohio and 123rd Illinois,  and an artillery battery under the command of Lt Charles Parsons.  Soon the battery opened fire on the advancing lines.  As the 41st Georgia emerged from the woods it came in view of the enemy’s battery.  The enemy opened upon them a most terrific and deadly fire.  Ten minutes into the attack, Company K encountered a wooden fence.  Confederate forces laid down on the ground firing volley after volley at the 770 men of the 123rd Illinois as they charged down the hill with bayonets fixed.  After decimating the first and second lines of the 123rd Illinois, Company K rose from the ground, crossed the fences with a Rebel yell, and moved forward shoulder to shoulder as Union cannons fired round shot and shell into their ranks.  Company K and the rest of the brigade continued to march up the hill repeatedly firing into the third line of the 123rd Illinois.

View from the fence approaching Open Knob Hill

 The action was described by Private Sam Watkins, a member of the 1st Tennessee Regiment, which was to the immediate right of the 41st Georgia:

“Two [Union] lines of battle confronted us.  We killed almost everyone in the first line, and were soon charging over the second, when right in our immediate front was their third and main line of battle.  We were soon in a hand-to-hand fight, every man for himself, using the butts of our guns and bayonets.  The guns were discharged so rapidly that it seemed the earth itself was a volcanic uproar.  The iron storm passed through our ranks, mangling and tearing men to pieces. Our men were dead and dying right in the very midst of this grand havoc of battle.  It was a life and death to death grapple.”

At approximately 3:00 p.m., the 41st charged up the hill with the 1st,6th, and 9th Tennessee reaching the crest of Open Knob Hill first and capturing the guns.  The 41st veered to the right slightly to cross the northern part of the hill.

According to Captain Thomas Malone, Assistant Adjutant-General, 3rd Brigade:

“Of course, in making this charge we lost a great number of men.  One gun pointed at the right company of the 41st Georgia was said to have killed twelve or thirteen men and desperately wounded, as I myself know, the colonel of that company and its captain, two splendid fellows.”

View looking down at the approach to Starkweather’s Hill

The 41st Georgia moved down the hill chasing the remnants of the Union 33rd Brigade until the Union line formed on a ridge commanded by Col John C. Starkweather; they formed with twelve guns.  The 41st continued to advance with the rest of the rebel line and after an initial repulse, charged again.  This time reaching the top of the ridge.  After fierce hand-to-hand fighting, they took the ridge and six of the Union guns.

The taking of Starkweather’s hill is described by Private Sam Watkins of the 1st Tennessee that was attached to the immediate right of the 41st Georgia:

“We did not recoil, but our line was fairly hurled back by the leaden hail that was poured into our very faces.  Eight color-bearers were killed at one discharge of their cannon…It was death to retreat now to either side.  Out Lieutenant Colonel Patterson halloed to charge and take their guns, and were soon in a  hand-to-hand fight—every man for himself—using the butts of our guns and …Such obstinate fighting I never had seen before or since.  The guns were discharged so rapidly that it seemed the earth itself was in a volcanic uproar.  The iron storm passed through our ranks, mangling and tearing men to pieces.  The very air seemed full of stifling smoke and fire which seemed the very pit of hell, peopled by contending demons.”

Beyond the tree line about two hundred yards the Union line formed.

The remaining elements of the Union forces retreated about 200 yards to the west on the side of another ridge not far from the Wilkerson House.  Now, the Union line stabilized.  At approximately 4:00 p.m., the Confederate line advanced and made it to within fifty yards of the Union line.  At this point the 41st Georgia and the 27th Tennessee were so decimated only a few of the remaining members of those two regiments participated.  Pulling back, the remainder of the 41st and the rest of the brigade made another assault on the ridge and again were repulsed.  Holding a line,  the brigade made a third unsuccessful assault.  The line then stabilized until the preparatory order went out at approximately 2:00 a.m. the next morning to withdraw.

During one of these assaults on the three previous positions described, Private Augustus Cicero Brown, Sr. was killed.  A “bombshell [exploded} knocking from his body his right arm and immediately afterwards he was pierced through his chest with a bayonet,” according to Private James McClarty of K Company.

Living only about an hour, a witness watched Augustus (AC) die. In which assault did he die?  We will never know, since the exact position was not identified by witnesses. I and my wife, Katherine, have walked the battlefield in the steps of the 41st in July and October of 2014 imagining the sounds of the guns and the screams of the wounded and dying.  We interviewed rangers including the park manager, Kurt Holman.  We are not sure where great-great Grandfather AC fell.

We do know some basic facts.  He was severely wounded by a cannon explosion and bayoneted through the chest and lived for approximately one hour.  In any of the three assaults, AC could have been wounded.  In only one did the line stabilize enough for the remaining members of the regiment to have time to check for wounded and be close enough to know if someone lived for an hour.  And that would have been the last assault on the ridge near the Wilkerson house.

While it was a tactical victory for the South, it was technically a defeat since General Bragg made the decision to withdraw the Army of Mississippi from the area.

Augustus Cicero Brown, Sr. was survived by his wife, Rachael, and four children:  Sarah C. Brown (b .July 1855), Mary Minerva Brown (b. August 1857), Martha P. “Mattie” Brown (b. October 1859), and Augustus Cicero Brown Jr. (b. February 1862) my great grandfather.

On December 23, 1890 the State Assembly of Georgia passed a law giving widows up to February 15, 1893 to apply for a Confederate Veterans Pension.    On January 31st 1893, Augustus Cicero Brown’s wife, Rachel Ann Marena Fults Brown, applied for that pension.  Quoted in the application is a description of my great, great grandfather’s death by his friends Privates William A. Howell, James W. Mauldin, and William S. Tucker:

Augustus Cicero Brown, Sr. was “killed by the explosion of a bomb shell at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky…his right arm was torn from his body as well as a part of his shoulder…deponents know absolutely that he died immediately afterwards…living only about one hour.  Depondent Tucker says he knows that he was also pierced with a bayonet as he fell back after the explosion of the shell.  This took place on the 8th day of October 1862.”

Confederate dead laid on the battlefield for over three days, some accounts estimate a week, before they were buried in shallow graves.  Later, Henry P. Bottoms, led the excavation and re-interment in two pits on his land.  Few were identified and it may be assumed that Augustus Cicero Brown, Sr. was put to rest in the mass grave that is now marked with the Battle of Perryville memorial seen at the beginning of this narrative.

Company K of the 41st Georgia Volunteer Infantry fought in twelve pitched battles from Perryville, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Franklin and Bentonville; participated in two sieges, Vicksburg (where they were captured, paroled and then returned to the fight) and Atlanta; and served in campaigns that spanned seven separate states of the Confederacy.  Company K stacked arms and surrendered at Goldsboro, NC to General Sherman on April 26, 1865.

Of the 133 men who mustered into Company K on March 4, 1862, only 25 remained at the 1865 surrender.

References:

Battle of Perryville: Holman, K (2014, October 1). Personal interview

Foote, S. (1958). The Civil War: Fort Sumter to Perryville. New York: Random House Inc.

Georgia, Confederate Pension Applications 1879-1960. (1893, January 31). Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Ancestry.com: http:// search ancestry.com

Harmon, J. (1997, October 28). Brown-L Archives. Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Rootsweb: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/BROWN/1997-10

Harmon, J. (2000, March 19). Brown-L Archives. Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Rootsweb: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/BROWN/2000-03

Holman, K. (May 31, 2014).  Battle of Perryville: Movement Maps. Unpublished manuscript.

Kelley, M. (n.d.). 41st Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Retrieved May 21, 2012, from Rootsweb.ancestry.com: http:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gacampbe/Company_K-History.htm

Kennedy, F. H. (Ed.). (1990). The Civil War Battlefield Guide. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Leonard, C. B. (2011, September 5). The Battle of Perryville. Retrieved June 11, 2012, from www.carolynbleonard.com: http://www.carolynbleonard.com/CarolynBLeonard/DutchCousines/Entries/2011/9/5

Muster Roll of Company K, 41st Georgia Volunteer Regiment. (n.d.). Retrieved May 21, 2012, from www.generalbartonandstovall: http:/www.generalbartonand stovall.com/html/company_k.html

Sanders, Stuart W. (2014).  Maney’s Confederate Brigade at the Battle of Perryville. Charleston, S.C.: The HIstory Press

The Armies at the Battle of Perryville. (n.d.). Retrieved May 24, 2012, from History of War: http://historyofwar.org/articles/armies_perryville.html

The Battle of Perryville. (n.d.). Retrieved May 24, 2012, from Wikipedia: http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Perryvile

The Baxter Family from Georgia. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2012, from Ancestry.com: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/24036662/family/familygroup?fpid=1462572717

The War of the Rebellion: A compilation of the official records. (n.d.). Retrieved May 25, 2012, from Cornell.edu: http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/

Watkins, S. R. (1900). Co. Aytch (2nd ed. ed.). Chattanooga: Times Printing Co.

Quaker Cemetery: Joseph Brevard 22 Sep 2014, 12:08 pm

There are so many things to see and do in Camden while staying at Bloomsbury Inn.  In Quaker cemetery, we continue to highlight some interesting sites.
Joseph Brevard has been described as  unostentatious, industrious, and upright.  Born July 19, 1766, Joseph entered the revolutionary service in 1782 at the age of sixteen. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the North Carolina line, filling this position until the end of the war. His brother Alexander described him as delicate and small of statue, and felt sorry for him when it came time to mount the guard.
Joseph became a secretary to General Arnold who was in command of Philadelphia. It seems that young Joseph had a fine hand at writing. Joseph Brevard had seven brothers, besides himself, who fought in the Revolutionary War. His family performed distinctively and patriotically. At the end of the war, Joseph settled in Camden, South Carolina. In 1789, he was elected by the Legislature to the position of Sheriff of Camden District. He was only twenty-three and served well in this arduous post in those unsettled times. In 1792, he was admitted to the bar, and on March 17, 1793, he married Rebecca Kershaw.
A successful lawyer, he began in 1793 the compilation of the law reports which bore his name and continued to do so until 1815.  In 1796, he as elected to the state legislature and served two terms until 1800.   He was elected a Judge in 1801. The follwing year,  his wife Rebecca passed away. Judge Brevard continued on the bench until 1815 until ill-health caused him to resign. In the next few years his health improved, and in 1818 he won election to Congress and served one term. In 1821, at the age of fifty-five, Judge Brevard passed away at Camden. Judge O’Neall made the following statement concerning Congressman Brevard: “In every situation and office of life he did his duty. What more can or ought to be said, unless it be to say that he feared God and kept his commandments, which is declared in the inspired volume to be “whole duty of man.’”
Joseph Brevard had four children:  Dr. Alfred Brevard, Edward Brevard, Eugene Brevard, and Sarah Aurora Brevard Elmore.History-rich is an understatement concerning Camden, South Carolina. As you visit, you will quickly learn from Dr. Bruce Brown of Bloomsbury that you must visit often and visit soon if you want to learn more.

Allopathic Garden 11 Sep 2014, 12:50 pm

While visiting Washington, Arkansas with our grandchildren, we discovered a historic home of an allopathic doctor. In his back yard was an interesting garden.  I asked what you would find and of course many of the items were herbs that we have today.  I was told cilantro, lemon balm, pepperment, rosemary, thyme, lavender and german chamomile were common.   Here at Bloomsbury, Katherine keeps a herb garden to use with our guest’s breakfast.

Some of the more exotic home remedies that caught my attention (I don’t recommend any of them):

Snake bite: Apply the mouth of a bottle filled with spirits and camphor to the wound.

Sore throat:  Eat loaf sugar with camphor or 20 drops of turpentine on sugar before going to be.  Katherine will tell you her grandmother was still using this home remedy on her as a child.

Stings:  Apply wet salt or a raw onion.

Scarlet fever: Rub the body all over with bacon fat and citrate of ammonia.

Corns:  Bind half of a raw cranberry, with the cup side of the fruit toaward the foot.

Teeth and Breath:  Honey mixed with pure pulverized charcoal to make a tooth paste.  Lime water with a little Peruvian bark (what is that?) to be occasionally used for offensive breath.

Toothache:  A poultice made of ginger or of common chickweed applied frequently to the cheek.

Warts:  Wet the top of the wart and rub two or three times a day with a piece of unsalted lime.

Well, I guess if you were out in the woods with only yourself, these would be possible options.  But, I do not recommend their use today or even tomorrow.

The grandkids were a little freaked out.  Especially when I told them that if they come to Bloomsbury with a sore throat they may get sugar with turpentine.  Just kidding!!

 

 

 

 

 

Grandmother’s Yeast Rolls 5 Sep 2014, 7:56 am

Bloomsbury Inn Yeast Rolls

by Sally Rose Stites Chisam

1 cup milk, scalded

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup warm water (pretty warm 105-115)

2 pkgs yeast

2 eggs

5 1/4 cups flour

Scald the milk (that makes it a “Grandmother” recipe) and do not let simmer or boil; stir in the sugar, salt and butter;  cool to lukewarm. Place very warm water into a very large warm bowl.  Sprinkle in the yeast and stir until dissolved.  Add lukewarm liquid mixture, eggs and 2 cups of flour.  Beat until smooth. (yes, by hand)  Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Turn dough out on lightly floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 – 10 mins.  (you won’t need extra upper arm exercise today).  Place the dough in a lightly greased large bowl, turn it over so top of dough is greased.  Cover and let it rise, near but not on the cook stove or close to the fireplace.  Cover with soft cloth and it will double in about 30 minutes.

Punch down the dough.  Turn it out on a floured board. Divide dough into 3 pieces.  Form each piece into nine inch long roll, pinch into 9 equal pieces, form each piece into a ball and place in a greased round cake pan.  Make 3 pans like this.  Cover, let rise in warm place until doubled again.  Brush with butter, bake 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

(I don’t know about you, but I don’t always need that many buns.  I usually make a dozen in a greased pie pan.  Then I place all the other balls on a cookie sheet, before they rise the second time, and allow them to freeze as individual dough balls.  After they freeze, place them in a freezer bag to store.  When I need them, I take them out and place them in a greased dish to rise.  Remember they are frozen so it will take some time (2-3 hours) to defrost and rise again.  I promise these are worth every minute of time and inch of effort to make these!)

Bloomsbury Meatloaf 9 Aug 2014, 1:10 pm

1.5 pounds ground lamb

3/4 cup oats (not instant)

1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped

1 egg

1/4 cup of your favorite, thick BBq sauce

salt/pepper to taste

4 slices of black forest ham

3/4 cup grated cheese, use your favorite/blend

2 small cans tomato paste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix the first 6 ingredients well, in a large mixing bowl.  Go ahead, take your rings off and use your hands.  Turn the meat mixture out onto a rectangle of waxed paper or foil.  Flatten the meat mixture out to a 8 x 12 rectangle.  Place the ham down the middle of the meat mixture.  Place the cheese down the middle of the ham.  If you like lots of veges…place chopped bell pepper, chopped mushrooms, asparagus spears, capers, artichoke hearts…whatever you like, down the center of the cheese.   Just be sure your 8 x 12 meat mixture will roll up/seal around your ham/cheese/veges.  Pull up one side of paper/foil to center of mixture; pull up other side of paper/foil to center of mixture…press the to meat mixture sides together to form a seal.  Fold up the ends to be sure all the “extras” are sealed in.  Place your 9 x 13 baking dish over the sealed folds.  Run your hand under the foil and flip the meat mixture and dish at the same time –  wow, you have your meatloaf, seam side down in your baking dish.  Cover the top of your meatloaf with tomato paste…as thick as desired.  Bake 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes…until the tomato paste is a deep-deep red/brown.  Remove from oven, rest for 7.3 minutes and serve piping hot!  Delicious will be the only compliment coming from your dinner guests!

Bloomsbury Jam-Off 6 Aug 2014, 12:14 pm

The second Bloomsbury Jam-Off is scheduled for Sunday, 14 September 2014! Yes, Jam-Off (amateur jam-off). The top three entries will be awarded a Jam-Off Certificate and Prize.

Inn guests are always asking for recipes, regional secrets and tips. In fact, many want to learn to can. So, in 2013 the competition was opened for j-petitors to submit their best jar of jam and recipe to compete in the first Jam-Off. It is difficult to believe that has been a year ago, but it is time for the second Jam-Off.

Be sure to follow the rules for the second Jam-Off:
* All submissions must reach Bloomsbury not later than 8 September 2014
Bloomsbury Inn, 1707 Lyttleton Street, Camden SC 29020
* Each submission must be made in a pint jar or smaller, home canned (NO commercially produced items please)
* Unfortunately we cannot accept refrigerator jams
* No entry fee
* Acceptable submissions include jam, jelly, preserves, fruit sauces and fruit spreads
* Each submission must be accompanied by a card containing:
J-petitors Name, Address, Telephone Number and Email Address (email addresses will not be shared/sold)
Title of Submission
Category of Submission (jam, jelly, preserve, sauce, spread)
Recipe (this recipe will be shared upon request…so please do not send Auntie Margaret’s Secret Recipe)
* Be sure to tell your friends they should also make a submission (ok — they don’t have to be friends)

So, j-petitors start canning now and be sure to have your j-tastic submission in by 8 September 2014.

Quaker Cemetery – Capt. Benjamin Carter 2 Aug 2014, 2:59 pm

As I stated, once a month, I plan to make a post concerning the “residents” of Quaker Cemetery.  It is a fascinating location with so much Camden history…I don’t think even the residents realize it is such a gem.  When you come to Bloomsbury, it is a great place to visit.  So, let’s talk about Captain Benjamin Carter.

Captain Carter lived from 1758 until 1830. A revolutionary war veteran, he lived in Camden for fifty years. He enlisted in 1776 and was considered a gallant soldier of the Revolution. He participated in the Battle of Camden, Brandywine and Germantown. He also spent the winter at Valley Forge.

A great story is told of him concerning the Battle of Camden. According to Judge O’Neall “This old soldier (Captain Carter) said that he commanded a company on the extreme left of Gates line, at the Battle of Gum Swamp (Battle of Camden) and at the first fire all of his men fled. Left alone he went to the Captain next to him, whose men had also abandoned him, and asked what was to be done. He received no satisfactory answer. Whereupon he said to his neighbor: ‘I’ll be d—d if I am here to be shot down.’ He jumped on his pony, which he had fastened in the bushes, left the field, and said: “I suppose I was the first man out of reach of danger.’”
Despite this tongue-in-cheek story told by him of the disaster at the Battle of Camden, Captain Carter was a popular man in Camden. He kept an open hospitable parlor and dining-room for his neighbors where wist and loo (card games) parties were sometimes conducted. While some gambling may have occurred, there was never excess characterized in these meetings nor evil attributed.

Captain Carter was an old bachelor. He was a kind man, with a warmth of heart and yet could be rough and brusque at times as a bachelor could be. Captain Carter passed away on January 20, 1830. His best friend was Benjamin Bynum who died six years after him on July 9, 1836. They are buried side by side with headstones that are duplicates of each other.

Sunday afternoons are a great time to visit the cemetery. It is located about 3 miles from Bloomsbury…a very easy drive.

Kershaw County Farmers Market 25 Jul 2014, 7:56 am

 

Fresh produce!  Come to the Kershaw County Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to get your “farm to table”

produce, eggs, meat, honey, dairy products, and baked goods.  With over 25 venders providing a huge selection you will be able to find almost anything you need to make that great home cooked meal. The market also has flowers, plants, and many handmade products. It is an adventure just to walk through the venders tents and of course to people watch as well.

You will find that the farmers market provides more than just produce.  It is also a socialization point for the people of Kershaw County and the surrounding areas where we support small business at the same time.  It is great to meet the people that actually planted and harvested what you eat giving you the opportunity to ask questions.

The Kershaw County Farmers Market is open from the 2nd Saturday in April through the 3rd Saturday in November.  Located in the center of Camden behind the First Community Bank.

July 2014 Recipe of the Month: Fresh Tomatoes Galore 11 Jul 2014, 1:36 pm

Yes, it is tomato season at Bloomsbury.  Yes, it is a wonderful breakfast item.  Yes, breakfast guests love fresh tomatoes.  They are so easy to work with and they are so versatile when cooking.

Skinning the tomato.  Most people do not mind the peel and others just love a skinned/peeled tomato:

1 large pot of boiling water

Cut an good-sized “x” just through the skin on the bottom of the tomato

Bloomsbury Inn serves lots of fresh tomatoes when they are in season.

Dip the tomato down into the boiling water for 30 – 45 seconds, and when removed, the skip will slip right off.

The skin slips right off.

Now that you have skinned your tomatoes, you face options galore:

1)  Slice, season, serve them.  To your preference slice thick or thin and arrange tomatoes on a pretty dish.  Season them with 1) just pepper and salt; 2) drizzle flavored, 1st cold pressed olive oil (i.e. cilantro garlic or thyme) and a high quality balsamic vinegar (i.e. pear or Tuscan herb);  or,3) place a good slice of mozzarella or gouda cheese between each slice, top with capers, season and serve.

2: Slice and season thick slices and place them on a baking tray.  Mix together

1 TBS melted butter,  1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese.

Sprinkle the bread/cheese mix over each tomato slice.  Broil them until the tomato is warmed and the topping is golden brown.

3) Prepare and season your favorite pasta (penne, egg noodles, linguini, etc.).  Drain the pasta and while still hot, toss in chopped tomatoes and the herbs you like.  Top with your favorite cheese, grated of course, and serve.

4) Canning tomatoes is just fun.  Can them plain.  Stew tomatoes and okra for canning.  Prep for a cold winter by making fresh tomato/vegetable soup for canning.  Make tomato jam.

Don’t hesitate to share your favorite fresh tomato recipe on this blog or on our FB page:  Bloomsbury Inn.  And, of course, if you are overrun with fresh tomatoes don’t hesitate to drop some by Bloomsbury Inn.