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“Sunset Lodge in Georgetown: The Story of a Madam,” with David Hodges

Free with Garden Admission

Ron Daise Auditorium

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A woman moved to Georgetown in 1936, bought a house three miles south of the town of Georgetown, and opened a brothel. She ingratiated herself with the town by having a single location for her business and by not embarrassing the residents. She made a lot of money, and she spent a lot of money on Front Street. Her name can be found in the local newspaper as a donor to the March of Dimes and the Easter Seals. She was as generous to Georgetown charities each year as was International Paper. One resident referred to her as “our own United Way". She owned her brothel for 33 years, finally closing in 1969 and retiring in the same location. Join local author David Hodges for an entertaining talk about his book and the colorful history of The Sunset Lodge. 


About the Speaker: 

David Gregg Hodges is from Columbia, South Carolina where he has been in the life insurance business for 44 years. David’s primary hobby is collecting books about South Carolina; he has over 4,500 South Carolina books in his collection. David used to own a rare bookstore, The Book Place, in Columbia where he lost the money he made in the insurance business. In recent years, David researched and wrote articles for local magazines and newspapers and his book about the Sunset Lodge in Georgetown. David is currently on the boards of The Cooperative Ministry, the South Carolina Humanities, and the University of South Caroliniana Society. He has been on the Central Carolina Community Foundation board and the State Museum Foundation chair.