October 13th was a beautiful day for the Edisto Island Museum to host the “2018 Edisto and Beyond” tour of historic homes and churches. Included in this years sold out tour was the Hutchinson House. The Edisto Island Open Land Trust has been working diligently on the preservation and restoration of the Hutchinson House since its purchase.
The Hutchinson Family also held its family reunion at the home alongside the tour providing a beautiful mix of over thirty family members, museum and EIOLT patrons as well as tour visitors throughout the day. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect for the joyous event for the family and community. Tents were set up with information on the historic home and the families history on the island. Framed photos of the home throughout the years and during the restoration project followed the roped off walking path around the home. Visitors and family were able to see the significant work done on the house and grounds so far. The grounds, having been cleared around the home and kept under constant maintenance since its purchase now features a new fenced-in parking lot. The foundation of the home has been repaired and underneath has been cleared out. The shelter built over the house was put into place to protect it from further rain intrusion.
The event was a happy one for sure, with corn hole and horseshoe games being played, a cookout going and reconnections of family and old friends. The Hutchinson family members were excited to see the work done on the preservation of the home and many old stories were shared. Witnessing them gather for the group family photo, smiles wide, was a wonderful sight. From the two-month-old baby to the family elders, the whole group radiated with pride. Much gratitude was expressed for the involvement of the Edisto Island Open Land Trust, the Edisto Island Museum, and the Edisto community as a whole in the successful preservation and future restoration of this beautiful home. The Hutchinson Family was very proud to give a sizable donation to the Edisto Island Open Land Trust to further the protection and restoration of their family home.