Stephen W. Cagle papers
The collection consists of the papers of Stephen W. Cagle from 1989 to 1995. The papers include photographs, correspondence, and realia relating to the Charleston Beach Bed & Breakfast at Folly Beach, South Carolina, run by Cagle and his partner Charles S. Holt. Photographs include the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo and pictures of friends and guests around the bed and breakfast. There are also photograph albums of the Lowcountry AIDS Services (now Palmetto Community Care) fundraiser Dining with Friends. There are materials relating to the stay of the cast of Les Miserables at the bed and breakfast. Correspondence includes letters about Hurricane Hugo, thank you notes from guests, and condolence letters after Holt’s death. There is also biographical and memorial information about Holt.
- Cagle, Stephen W., 1944- (Person)
Language of Material
Materials are in English
This collection is open for research.
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Stephen W. Cagle and his partner Charles S. “Chuck” Holt (1944-1995) owned the Charleston Beach Bed & Breakfast on Folly Beach, South Carolina. Cagle was born on April 18, 1944 in Concord, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy and spent three years in the military during the Vietnam War. Cagle lived in California for eleven years, where he met Holt. Holt was born in Fort McPherson, Georgia, to Robert S. Holt and Ruth Poteet Holt. He served in the Air Force in France. Holt was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. They decided to move to Folly Beach and open a gay bed and breakfast in 1989. Holt died of AIDS in 1995. Cagle retired from working as a pharmacist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. As of 2020 Cagle lived in the Charleston area with his husband John Meffert.
1.92 linear feet (1 document box, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize paper folder)
The collection consists of the papers of Stephen W. Cagle, white proprietor of the gay business establishment Charleston Beach Bed & Breakfast at Folly Beach, South Carolina, with his domestic and business partner Charles S. Holt, white Air Force veteran. The papers include photographs, correspondence, and realia dating from 1989 to 2001.
Materials described at the folder level.
Materials donated in 2018 by Stephen W. Cagle.
Processed by Rebecca Thayer, July 2020.
- Bed and breakfast accommodations -- South Carolina -- Folly Beach
- Cagle, Stephen W., 1944-
- Charleston (S.C.)
- Charleston Beach Bed & Breakfast
- Folly Beach (S.C.)
- Gay accommodations -- South Carolina -- Folly Beach
- Gay businessmen -- South Carolina -- Folly Beach
- Gay couples -- South Carolina -- Charleston
- Gay men, White
- Holt, Charles S., 1944-1995
- Hurricane Hugo, 1989 -- Photographs
- color photographs
- photograph albums
- programs (documents)
- Inventory of the Stephen W. Cagle Papers, 1989-2001
- Processed by: Rebecca Thayer; finding aid created by: Rebecca Thayer
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supported the processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid.