The Dorothea Benton Frank



APRIL 11-14, 2019

South Carolina


Schedule of Events

Tours, Tastings & Parties

Did you know that Charleston is the oldest and largest city the U.S. state of South Carolina? Steeped in history and culture, Charleston is frequently named the best city in which to live. You’ll see why as you take a scenic walking tour of downtown Charleston. Amongst a backdrop of stately architecture and manicured gardens, you will explore the rich, cultural heritage of one of America's most charming cities. From the Colonial period, through the War Between the States and Reconstruction, to her current renaissance, an incredible timeline of events will come alive. Charleston isn’t the only destination that makes a cameo in Dorothea’s books. Island hop with us over to Sullivans Island, her childhood home and current residence and then over to Isle of Palms to the spectacular Wild Dunes Resort.


cocktail reception & banquet at the mills house

savannah bee honey tasting
& product sampling

walking tour of historic downtown charleston

BBQ and BLUES cruise with SHRIMP CITY SLIM aboard the carolina queen

pool party at wild dunes resort

visit fort moultrie national MONUMENT

up close with dottie

backyard lunch at Dorothea’s sullivans island home

book signings and Q&A



& Vendors

We couldn’t be more honored to host some of the most interesting and innovative brands to hail from the Lowcountry. Below are just some of the small businesses that will be at our 2019 event.  Enjoy honey tastings and beauty product samplings, a vodka tasting, and learn how The Bee Cause is empowering students, teachers, and community members to experience the wonder, ingenuity, beauty, and power of the honey bee. See the full list here.

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Downtown Charleston

Charleston, the official seat of the county that bears its name, is the oldest and second most populated city in South Carolina. Many of its proud 135,000 residents like to explain that it is located where “where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean.” Charleston is recognized throughout the world for its charm that directly results from preserved history, its natural beauty, its friendly and welcoming people, its awe-inspiring restaurants and more.

When many speak of Charleston, they are referencing its Downtown, otherwise known as The Peninsula. However, it officially includes areas that are outline on their own throughout the website: West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island and Daniel Island as well as the Cainhoy Peninsula. One of the true jewels of the Lowcountry, Charleston’s Downtown, is easily accessed from Mt. Pleasant via the Ravenel Bridge, from North Charleston and beyond via Interstate 26 and from West of the Ashley by Rte. 17. The Peninsula is literally just feet above sea level. The results are breathtaking buildings that appear to rise from the sea.

Charleston’s Downtown, 4 to 5 square miles in area, continues to attract a diverse array of visitors from throughout America and the world. Demand for housing, priced among the highest in the Lowcountry because of its limited availability, continues to increase for all the right reasons. Living in Downtown Charleston has remarkable appeal to people of all ages.

The people you love never leave you ...
— Dorothea Benton Frank, Sullivans Island