Columbia resident David Gregg Hodges has resurrected the legacy of Sunset Lodge. Hodges will be the featured author at The Southern Writers Book Club on Monday, October 7.
He will discuss his book “Sunset Lodge in Georgetown: The Story of a Madam.” The author will conduct a book signing following book club meeting.
Not since Rebecca Godwin’s 1995 “Keeper of the House” has a book been published on this lively institution, The Sunset Lodge. T
he difference is that Godwin’s work was fiction. Hodges work is non-fiction written with significant research and numerous interviews to support the book.
Hodges, a frequent visitor to Georgetown, conducted extensive interviews as he organized the book and information surrounding The Sunset Lodge.
Now readers can learn as much as Hodges could uncover from his sources, both named and anonymous.
For example, Hazel Weisse moved to Georgetown in 1936 and opened a brothel three miles south of Front Street.
Despite being illegal, the business remained open for thirty-three years until Weisse retired in 1969. She was well known, shopping every week on Front Street and supporting charitable causes. She sent her “sporting ladies” to town for their weekly doctor visits, bank deposits and shopping trips.
Weisse was also aware of the community around her business. She did not allow her employees free access to Georgetown. She approved their clothing choices to wear to Front Street, warned them not to look at men on the sidewalk and forbade soliciting.
Hodges currently lives in Columbia. He is married with four children and eight grandchildren. He is a collector of books about South Carolina and by South Carolina authors.
He owned The Book Place, a used and rare book store in Columbia.
He serves his community through participation on local and state charitable boards.
He is a frequent visitor to Georgetown, enjoying Front Street shopping and dining at local restaurants. He and his family vacation on Pawleys Island.
“Sunset Lodge” is his first book and can be purchased or reserved at Waterfront Books by calling 843 546-2665 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books will also be available at the Southern Writers Book Club meeting on October 7.
The Southern Writers Book Club meets the first Monday of each month.
The club is free and open to the public.