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Descendant Retraces Steps of Famous Botanist

Régis Pluchet, sixth-generation descendant of André Michaux, visited the Clemson Forest as part of a trip to the United States to retrace his ancestor’s steps.

Régis Pluchet, sixth-generation descendant of André Michaux, visited the Clemson Forest as part of a trip to the United States to retrace his ancestor’s steps.

ALMOST 200 YEARS AGO, André Michaux, a famous 18th-century botanists, visited the Clemson Forest and spent the night in what is now called “the Bottoms,” site of the Student Organic Farms. This spring, Régis Pluchet, sixth-generation descendant of Michaux, visited the Clemson Forest as part of a trip to the United States to retrace his ancestor’s steps. Michaux also is known for discovering the Oconee Bells wildflower in the nearby mountains.