Books At The Barony: Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, SpyName: Books At The Barony: Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, SpyDate: October 2, 2019Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDTEvent Description:
If ever there was a woman like Belle Baruch, it would have to be Gertrude Sanford Legendre! “Gertie,” born in Aiken, SC and owner of Berkeley County’s Medway Plantation, lived a 20th century life full of fun, adventure, derring-do, and drama. She and Belle were quite similar: from their girlhoods during New York City’s Gilded Age, to their adult lives as equestriennes, hunters, naturalists, and adventurers. Yet, while Belle was a member of US Naval Intelligence – patrolling her own beach for U-boats, Gertie worked for the OSS – the original American spy agency – during World War II which led to her imprisonment by the Nazis and eventual escape. Both she and Belle are noted today as philanthropists and conservationists ahead of their time.
Journalist and writer Kathryn Smith, of Georgia and South Carolina, is well-known to Hobcaw Barony as the author of The Gatekeeper – a biography of FDR’s secretary and de facto chief of staff Missy LeHand. Her current publication is a biography of Gertrude Sanford Legendre. Ms. Smith will return to present an illustrated lecture on this fascinating Lowcountry woman. Additional copies of her book will be available for sale and signing in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center Seminar Room. (Exertion level: low impact, sitting, some standing) Registration required.
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