The Baruchs of Hobcaw

SCETV will present an original 60-minute documentary titled The Baruchs of Hobcaw on November 17, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the “Carolina Stories” program. The film tells the story of an extraordinary South Carolina family, focusing on financier and statesman Bernard Mannes Baruch and his daughter, Belle. SC Humanities supported this documentary through a Major Grant in September 2010.

Bernard Baruch was one of the most famous and influential Jewish Americans of the first half of the 20th century. Born in Camden, SC, he went on to become an extremely successful businessman, economic advisor to U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and philanthropist. He purchased the 17,500 acre property known as Hobcaw Barony in 1905. Later, when environmentalism was still a nascent concept, his daughter Belle created the Belle W. Baruch Foundation in her will, preserving Hobcaw for education, research, and the people of South Carolina.

The documentary The Baruchs of Hobcaw will have its public television premiere on SCETV on November 17, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the “Carolina Stories” program. Learn more about “Carolina Stories” here: The film will also be offered to the National Educational Television Association for possible nationwide broadcast on PBS.

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Image: Bernard and Belle Baruch