Mystery still surrounds this legendary figure long considered the founder of Charleston.
Living in an inspired life, Woodward, a self-proclaimed doctor, set sail as a young privateer aboard a ship bound for the Carolinas. An original settler of Charleston, he was both imprisoned by and lived peacefully with the natives as a trader and a translator.
He continued to explore inland South Carolina by foot and coastal South Carolina by sail while surviving several skirmishes and shipwrecks. He finally realized his lasting legacy by introcuding rice to the Carolinas.
Barley over 40 years old, the circumstances of Henry Woodward's death and the location of his grave remain a mystery.