Abbeville's historic roots are deep. Few events showcase those roots better than the Abbeville French Heritage Festival.
John Cuttino, president of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, said events like the festival make people aware of influences that they always were affected by but maybe hadn't acknowledged.


"What is in textbooks and what is the standard lesson is not always the complete story," Cuttino said. "In South Carolina, there are really influences from all over the world: German, French and more. It is a very historically divergent state. And it comes from the pre-colonial and colonial influences They're not always evident but they are very prominent."
Cuttino is set to speak on the journey of the Huguenots, French Protestants fleeing religious persecution, to colonize what would become the eastern United States.

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