In the News History is making headlines again.

If these walls could talk… they did in 2009 as the history of an old home on the USC Aiken campus came to life on film. It was a natural setting for a horse-drawn carriage and a parade of women coiffed in tight curls and wearing stylish cloaks trimmed in fur and feathers. Men wore shirts with puffed sleeves and tall collars, black coats, striped trousers and top hats — relics donned to preserve a piece of Aiken’s past for future generations.

Since then, the docudrama “Edgewood: Stage of Southern History” has enjoyed critical acclaim, beginning with its debut in March 2010 to a crowd of 1,000 people on the USC Aiken campus. It features the 1829 plantation house, originally known as Edgewood, and tells stories of people who lived and worked in the house during its 180 years with special emphasis on Lucy Holcombe Pickens and Eulalie Chafee Salley, its most famous first ladies.

A novelist, Lucy Pickens might have been the ultimate first lady. She was at her husband’s side as he served as U.S. Minister to Russia, and South Carolina Governor during secession and the first two years of the Civil War. Eualie Salley was a feminist and president of the S.C. Women’s Suffrage League, working throughout the South for women’s right to vote. She also was one of the nation’s first real estate agents.

Today Edgewood bears their names. At USC Aiken, it is called the Pickens-Salley House.

Six months after its local premiere, “Edgewood” aired on South Carolina Educational Television in September 2010, and accolades began pouring in, first with Augusta Magazine’s designation as Best Local Film from Aiken. Christi and Jamie Koelker were named Best Local Filmmakers.

In March 2011, the docudrama won the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District III Grand Gold Award in the Film and Videotape category, the highest in that division. The USC Aiken docudrama competed with submissions from such universities as Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, and the University of Georgia.

In April 2011, “Edgewood” was one of more than 120 films shown during the Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) International Film Festival. Later that year it was featured at the Southern Appalachian Film Festival.

The docudrama also became the basis of a middle school curriculum including the antebellum era in South Carolina, the War Between the States, the suffrage movement, the Winter Colony settlement in Aiken, and the Civil Rights Era.