Episode 54 The Legend of Dr. Trott’s Apothecary

In 1867, Dr. William Trott, opened a magic show in his Charleston, South Carolina, apothecary shop. Soon after, rain began to fall on the city and continued for days. Frightened residents heard a rumor that Charleston was being punished because Dr. Trott had kidnapped a mermaid he had displayed in his shop. The result? The Mermaid Riot of 1867

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Episode Sources

Project Gutenberg’s Landmarks of Charleston, by Thomas Petigru Lesesne
Sen Elias explains VooDoo vs. HooDoo
Lowcountry Voodoo: Beginner’s Guide to Tales, Spells and Boo Hags by Terrance Zepke

The John Lining House at 106 Broad Street. Diary of a Charleston Tour Guide. 21 September 2017
Tropical Cyclones Affecting Southeast South Carolina and Northern Portions of Southeast Georgia National Weather Service. 24 September 2019
Zepke, T. (2009). Lowcountry Voodoo: Beginner’s Guide to Tales, Spells and Boo Hags. Pineapple Press .
Bondeson, J. (2014). The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History. Cornell University Press; Reprint edition
Bennett, John. (1923). A Famous Old Drug Shop. Carolina Journal of Pharmacy, Volume 4, pp. 31-34.

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Additional Music
“Cryptic Sorrow”, Ever Mindful”, “Dreams Become Real”, “Relaxing Piano Music”, “Silver Flame” and “Ambient” by Kevin MacLeod; “Angeline the Baker” by Nat Keefe and the Bow Ties – Licensed under Creative Commons

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