Join Middleton Place Foundation for a Book Talk and Signing Reception Sunday, May 21, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Margaret Pickett will discuss her book, Rebecca Brewton Motte, American Patriot and Succesful Rice Planter.
This is a free, public event. Advance registration is required and seating is limited. Please register below.
Book Synopsis: Most people in this country have probably never heard of Rebecca Motte, and those who have heard of her know her only as a great patriot who was ready to sacrifice her home to further the American cause during the Revolutionary War. However, Rebecca was more than just an ardent patriot. She was also a successful and innovative rice planter who, after the war, was able to support herself and pay off her deceased husband’s debts, ensuring a substantial, unencumbered inheritance for her children.
Rebecca left no diaries and only a few letters; therefore, this account of her life is based primarily on period documents, the correspondence of her contemporaries, and family history carefully researched to separate fact from myth.
About the Author
Margaret Pickett is a graduate of the University of Maryland. She is a former teacher who spent 20 years working in museum education in Virginia’s historic triangle—Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. In 1999 she became an independent Living History Interpreter researching and developing several documented Living History programs based on the lives of prominent colonial women. She has portrayed these women for the National Park Service, the Learning Odyssey Program at the College of William and Mary and many local organizations in both Virginia and South Carolina.
In 2007 Margaret and her son Dwayne started Pickett Educational Resources and as co-director she developed several educational DVD’s to help bring history alive in the classroom. She is the co-author of The European Struggle to Settle North America: Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521 – 1608 and the author of Eliza Lucas Pinckney: Colonial Plantation Manager and Mother of American Patriots 1722-1793.
This is a free public event; however, seating is limited and registration is required. Thank you!