Praise for American Landmark
American Landmark is a fascinating chronicle of a place that served as the genius loci for ten generations of an American family. And it is the story of Charles Duell, the last family member-owner, who had the vision and grit to see that its complete story is told and made relevant for future generations — so that Middleton Place would not just survive, but thrive, in a rapidly changing world.
– Walter Edgar, author of South Carolina: A History
Charles Duell is a man with a vision — he also has the tenacity and ingenuity to make it real. Under his leadership, the Middleton Place Foundation found bold and innovative solutions to the complex challenges that are deeply woven into the history of a 300-year-old southern American plantation. This is his story, as much as it is the story of Middleton Place.
– Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature and The Brother Gardeners
American Landmark skillfully synthesizes history and genealogy, showing the power of the plantation in southern life. At Middleton Place, readers see how a commitment by multiple family generations, especially the resourceful Charles Duell, shaped this remarkable landscape and were shaped by it. It’s a fascinating portrait of a “microcosm of American history,” and source of contemporary debate.
– Bernard Powers, author of Black Charlestonians: A Social History, 1822-1885