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The idea for the Edgewood docudrama grew out of the Pickens-Salley Symposium on Southern Women, held on campus each year to celebrate Women’s History Month. At the end of the 2003 series, Deidre Martin, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, and history professor Maggi Morehouse, decided that everyone, not just those who worked in and around Edgewood, needed to know about the home and the colorful personalities who lived in it.

“Let’s make a movie,” Dr. Morehouse suggested.

“We don’t know anything about making movies.” Dr. Martin said.

“Well, why should that stop us? Dr. Morehouse asked.

Dr. Martin didn’t answer. She mulled over the idea and remembered something Edgewood resident Eulalie Salley once said, “Don’t you know, the things of this earth are just loaned to us for a little while….” That became, for her, a primary reason to preserve the remarkable history of Edgewood.

Equally important was the opportunity to involve USC Aiken students, who helped research and film “Edgewood: Stage of Southern History.” A 2009 graduate of the university wrote the original music and supervised its recording, and an education major wrote the eighth-grade curriculum that will be taught throughout South Carolina, bringing attention to Edgewood and its history for years to come.  Students also acted some of the parts in the film. The community rallied around the project, too, donating props and costumes with such abandon that credits ran for 6 minutes. These random acts of volunteerism, private donations and public grants helped the university’s Office of Advancement produce the one-hour docudrama on a $65,000 budget.

“Edgewood: Stage of Southern History” is supported by grants from the:

Humanities Council of South Carolina »

Community Foundation of the CSRA »
South Carolina Heritage Corridor »
S.C. League of Women Voters »
American Association of University Women »
Porter Fleming Foundation »
Julian B. Salley Jr. Pickens-Salley House Endowment at USC Aiken »


Join the Edgewood Ladies Society

The university has created the Edgewood Ladies Society, which raises funds to help preserve and maintain the home. Eulalie Salley’s granddaughter is a member. Immediate plans are for historic landscaping, which will replicate some of the favorite plantings of Pickens and Salley and include a recreation of the “wedding garden” that Salley developed after moving the house to Aiken. The garden nearly surrounded the residence, said Dr. Maggi Morehouse, the film’s assistant director. Restoring the garden “will keep the character and the history of the house alive,” she said. “It’s become a special project that will keep people’s interest and bring visitors to the campus and to Aiken. We’re very proud of it and want to be good caretakers of this property.”

Annual membership is $500 and includes:

  • A free copy “Edgewood: Stage of Southern History”
  • An invitation to an annual tea gathering at the house
  • One day’s use of a replica of the Hope diamond, once owned by a winter colonist.

To join, call (803) 641-3448.