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  • Arthur Rose Museum at Claflin College
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    400 Magnolia Street
    Orangeburg, SC 29116

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    803-535-5324

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Arthur Rose Museum at Claflin College
    Museum on the campus of the oldest Historically Black College in SC
    Erected in 1898, this is one of the older remaining structure houses on the Claflin University campus. Claflin University, founded in 1869 as Claflin College, is the oldest historically black college in South Carolina. It was the first college in the state to welcome all students regardless of race or gender.
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  • Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
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    125 Bull Street
    Charleston, SC 29424

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    843-953-7609

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    Location:
    Lowcountry

    Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
    Archives & museum dedicated to the history & culture of African Americans in the SC Lowcountry
    Once a hub for the African American community in Charleston, the Avery Research Center offered its students training for professional careers and leadership roles from 1865-1954. Today Avery is an archives and museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and documentation of the history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and the South Carolina lowcountry. The center currently holds nearly 4000 primary- and secondary-source materials that document the history, traditions, legacies, and influence of African Americans and their place in the American narrative.
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  • Bettis Academy
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    Highway 25, Bettis Academy Road
    Trenton, SC 29847

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    803-649-7709

    Location:
    Freshwater Coast

    Bettis Academy
    African American school circa 1882
    Rev. Alexander Bettis, a former slave who could read but couldn't write, established Bettis Academy in 1882 to provide education for African-Americans in South Carolina. Bettis Academy provided both day and boarding options for its students. Its curriculum emphasized the Bible and religious instruction, literacy, mechanical and agricultural arts, and home economics. Bettis Academy closed in 1950. An annual Earth Day event is held there each April. The site is currently closed for tours.
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  • Blue Ridge Field Heritage Park
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    315 Holland Avenue
    Seneca, SC 29678

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    864-885-2709

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    Location:
    Mountain Lakes

    Blue Ridge Field Heritage Park
    A local park formerly used as the African American football field for segregated Blue Ridge High School
    Once the site of the segregated African-American Blue Ridge High School football field, Blue Ridge Field today memorializes the rich history of African-American education from the 1800's to 1969. Blue Ridge High School was an all- African-American facility in Seneca prior to integration. The football field, which has remained vacant since the school closed in 1969, is now the site offeres a walking track community gardens, picnic shelters and a recreational field.
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  • Boone Hall Plantation
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    1235 Long Point Road
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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    843-884-3371

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    Lowcountry

    Boone Hall Plantation

    One of America's oldest working plantations with historic home and original slave dwellings on the property

    Your experience at Boone Hall Plantation begins with one of the most unforgettable and beloved views in South Carolina. Moss-covered oaks line the pathway up to the historic home, which was built in 1936. It is a portion of the story behind Boone Hall, which has existed since 1681. House tours and educational programs about life on the plantation are availableincluding the African American experience, which can be explored through exhibits inside 9 original brick slave dwellings. Boone Hall is one of America’s oldest working plantations, having been continuously growing and producing crops for over 320 years. Make sure you stop by Boone Hall Farm Market while you're in the area! History Trivia: The house at Boone Hall was used for filming portions of the popular film, The Notebook.


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  • Brookgreen Gardens
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    Highway 17 South between Murrells Inlet & Pawley's Island
    Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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    843-235-6000

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    Lowcountry

    Brookgreen Gardens
    Former plantation transformed into world renown gardens and outdoor sculpture space
    Brookgreen Gardens emerges from the foundations of former rice plantations, a powerful and almost magical setting for one of the most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture. Began by renowned sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer, Brookgreen today combines history, nature and art like no other place. Experience this for yourself by roaming the gardens, taking a boat ride or walking the many trails that guide you through archaeological digs and interpretive panels that offer a peek into the lives of the plantation owners and enslaved African Americans. There are also multiple sculpture galleries on site as well as an animal forest. Make sure to visit Atalaya, Anna & Archer's home, which is located just down the road at Huntington Beach State Park. History Trivia: The southern-most edge of Brookgreen was once home to Governor Joseph Alson and his wife Theodosia Burr (the only child of Aaron Burr, the Vice President to Jefferson Davis). Their marriage in 1801 was followed by many tragedies including the death of their only son and the disappearance of Theodosia while at sea.
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  • Caw Caw Nature & History Interpretive Center
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    5200 Savannah Highway
    Ravenel, SC 29470

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    843-889-8898

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    Location:
    Lowcountry

    Caw Caw Nature & History Interpretive Center
    Former rice plantation that offers outdoor opportunities and historic interpretation of the property
    Caw Caw Interpetive Center guides you through 654 acres worth of history and nature. Part of a former rice plantation, the land was home to enslaved African Americans who applied their technology and skills in agriculture to carve a highly successful series of rice fields out of cypress swamp. Still evident are the earthen dikes, remnant water control structures and canals that today provide diverse habitats to migratory waterfowl, songbirds, deer, otter and alligators. Visitors can experience Caw Caw through the 8 miles of walking trails, interpretive exhibits at the interpretive center and a wide variety of educational programs.
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  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
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    1254 Long Point Road
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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    843-881-5516

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    Location:
    Lowcountry

    Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
    Coastal plantation of Charles Pinckney, a signer of the United States Constitution
    Charles Pinckney was a principal author and a signer of the United States Constitution. This remnant of Snee Farmk, his coastal plantation, is preserved to tell the story of a "forgotten founder," his life of public service, the lives of enslaved African Americans and their influences on Pinckney.
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  • Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site
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    237 North Hospital Street
    Greenwood, SC 29648

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    864-344-7460

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    Location:
    Freshwater Coast

    Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site
    Childhood home of one of the most influential Civil Rights leaders in the nation
    Dr. Benjamin E. Mays was one of the nation's most influential Civil Rights leaders. Here at his childhoom home, you can truly understand his monumental rise from a sharecropper's son to president of Morehouse College.
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  • Drayton Hall
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    3380 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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    843-769-2608

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    Location:
    Lowcountry

    Drayton Hall

    Pre-Revolutionary plantation home in close to original condition with African American cemetery

    Drayton Hall is the oldest surviving example of Georgian Palladian arhitecture in the United States and one of the only pre-Revolutonary houses that remain in close to original condition today. Drayton Hall's story spans 3 centuries of American history and 7 generations of the Drayton family and the African Americans were lived and worked here. Today you can tour the house (unfurnished) and take part in programs about life on the plantation or visit the African American cemetery on site. 


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  • Edisto Island Museum
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    8123 Chisolm Plantation Road
    Edisto Island, SC 29438

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    843-869-1954

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    Location:
    Lowcountry

    Edisto Island Museum
    Local museum interpreting Edisto Island's history of agriculture, an African-American school and nature room
    Edisto Island is known for its natural beauty and a laid-back way of life. But it is also treasured for its rich history of Native Americans, Spanish pirates, English settlers, wealthy cotton planters and military conflicts. The Edisto Island Museum walks you through the history of the island through many artifacts, photographs and displays. There is an Agriculture Room with farm implements, displays from Edisto's oldest Freedman's house and an African-American school, and a Nature Room with fossils and shells found on Edisto's beaches!
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  • Freedom's Hill Church
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    907 Wesleyan Drive
    Central, SC 29630

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    800-289-1292

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    Location:
    Mountain Lakes

    Freedom's Hill Church
    1840s African American church
    Standing as a monument to the courageous anti-slavery movement, Freedom’s Hill Church dates back to the 1840s when a congregation of like-minded Southern Christians came together in opposition to slavery. Originally built in the Snow Camp community of what is now Alamance County, North Carolina, this modest wooden church was moved and is today located on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University. Student-led worship services and interpretive programs are the focus of the chapel.
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  • Georgetown County Museum
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    120 Broad Street
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    843-545-7020

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    Lowcountry

    Georgetown County Museum

    Local museum depicting history of the 3rd oldest town in South Carolina

    Muskets, marsh and muslin…rice, rivers and revolution. What do these seemingly unrelated subjects have in common? The Georgetown County Museum offers a glimpse into the fascinating connections that intertwine these and many other facets of life that span 300 years of American history lived out in the daily lives of the citizens of Georgetown County. This colonial town has seen it all and this museum keeps the spirit of each era alive with displays and exhibits.


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  • Great Branch Rosenwald Teacherage
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    2890 Neeses Highway
    Orangeburg, SC 29115

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    803-533-1828

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    Location:
    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Great Branch Rosenwald Teacherage
    Housed African American school principals and teachers, now has a welcome center, artifact and research room
    The Great Branch Rosenwald Teacherage was one of eight homes built in SC to house principals and teachers who taught in the Great Branch Rosenwald School. The home was built in 1924 and reamins the only in-tact home in SC built during the era of providing educational facilities for African Americans. The school was built in 1921 and burned by arsonists in the early 60's. The restored home has a welcome center, artifact room and a student research room.
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  • Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
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    1950 Rutledge Road
    McClellanville, SC 29458

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    843-546-9361

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    Location:
    Lowcountry

    Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

    Georgian-style rice plantation mansion has tours and educational programs about African American life on the property

    Located on a former colonial-era rice plantation, Hampton Plantation features a Georgian-style mansion and grounds that serve as an educational tool for the system of slavery that helped build such plantations into the greatest generators of wealth in early American history. Hampton Plantation also tells the story of freed people who made their homes here for generations after the emancipation. Visitors can explore the mansion, the outdoor kitchen building, stroll beneath the huge live oaks or in the camellia gardens, or take in the view of Wambaw Creek and what remains of the rice fields that stood there long ago. History Trivia: Hampton Plantation inspired the works of a SC poet laureate, Archibald Rutledge, who lived here and gave it to the people of SC as a legacy.


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  • Heritage Gold Mine Park
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    209B North Mine Street
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    706-877-3080

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    Freshwater Coast

    Heritage Gold Mine Park
    19th century gold mine
    This gold mine is an area of 19th century mining operations, and was one of the most important mining sites in the state. The mine was struck in 1852 by William Dorn, who excavated nearly 1 million dollars in gold before the vein was exhausted. Dorn used enslaved African Americans to excavate the dirt and employed several types of mills to process the gold. Dorn became wealthy but lost much after the Civil War. Now the Heritage Gold Mine offers folks guided or self-guided tours, and even an opportunity to really pan for gold! Gold Rush Day is a favorite event here every third Saturday in September.
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  • Hobcaw Barony
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    22 Hobcaw Road
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    843-546-4623

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    Lowcountry

    Hobcaw Barony
    17,500 acre environmental research reserve located on 11 former plantations and includes an amazingly preserved slave village
    Now a 17,500 acre research reserve, Hobcaw Barony is one of the few undeveloped tracts on the Waccamaw Neck. Bernard Baruch, Wall Street financier and advisor to presidents, purchased the property comprised of 11 former plantations in 1905 for use as a hunting retreat. Belle Baruch eventually bought the property from her father and at her death in 1964 she created a private foundation for college level research. The property is available by guided tours only, where you can choose to explore anything from the amazing wildlife and nature here to the Baruch home, the beautifully preserved Friendfield slave village and many other outlying historic structures. Make sure to start your visit at the Discovery Center that features exhibits on ecology, history and the significant biological research done at Hobcaw.
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  • I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium
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    300 College Street NE
    Orangeburg, SC 29117

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    803-536-8329

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium

    Planetarium shows, classes, research, lectures and art exhibits

    The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is truly the only facility of its kind, an interdisciplinary Museum and Planetarium on any Historically Black College and University campus in the United States. It is the only museum in South Carolina recognized for its Collection of African Art by the Naitonal Museum of African Art Library. Located within SC State University, The Stanback serves the University and the public alike by offering programs, exhibitions, lectures, publications, Planetarium shows, classes, and art related research; all demonstrating a commitment to helping residents of South Carolina and visitors to the state to better understand South Carolina's cultural heritage.


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  • Magnolia Plantation
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    3550 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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    843-367-3517

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    Lowcountry

    Magnolia Plantation
    Former rice plantation known for its romantic gardens, boat rides, petting zoo, house tour and original slave dwellings
    Arriving from Barbados, Thomas Drayton and his wife Ann landed in Charles Towne and established Magnolia Plantation along the Ashley River in 1679. Magnolia saw immense wealth and growth through the cultivation of rice during the Colonial era, and later the British and American troops would occupy its grounds during the American Revolution. In 1825 a direct Drayton descendant inherited Magnolia and created a series of romantic gardens for his wife. The romantic gardens have an emphasis on the natural beauty of the site, creating an informal and almost fairy-tale setting. After the Civil War, the plantation recovered and opened the gardens to the public in 1870, making it America's oldest tourism attraction! Today you can tour the gardens, take a boat ride, learn about the African Americans of Magnolia Plantation through the existing slave dwellings and exhibits, stop by the petting zoo or tour the Drayton family heirlooms inside the homesite.
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  • mcleod plantation historic site
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    325 Country Club Drive
    Charleston, SC 29412

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    843-795-4386

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    Lowcountry

    McLeod Plantation Historic Site

    McLeod was established in 1851 as a sea island cotton plantation. Today McLeod is a 37-acre park open to the public and is recognized as a significant historic site most notably for exploring African American history and Gullah Geechee culture.

    Visitors are invited to

    • Tour the homes and compare the McLeod family home with those built for enslaved families.

    • Learn about daily life and the relationships among the men, women, and children who lived and worked here before and after slavery.

    • Study the cultivation and importance of sea island cotton.

    • Gain insight into the plantation’s strategic importance during the Civil War and the role of the free black Massachusetts 55th Volunteer Infantry in emancipating enslaved people.

    • Examine the influence of the Freedmen’s Bureau at McLeod Plantation and throughout the South.

    • Trace the emergence of Gullah Culture in the Lowcountry.

    • Explore worship and spirituality in the lives of McLeod Plantation’s residents.

    • Draw parallels between the changing relationships among McLeod Plantation’s residents and in American society during the 20th century.

    • See how people dramatically changed the natural history of the plantation’s landscape through time.

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  • Middleton Place Plantation and Gardens
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    4300 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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    843-556-6020

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    Lowcountry

    Middleton Place Plantation and Gardens

    18th century plantation, house museum tour, a stableyard farm experience, African American educational programs and an adjacent Inn and restaurant

    Middleton Place is a carefully preserved 18th century plantation on the banks of the Ashley River that has survived the American Revolution, Civil War, earthquake and hurricanes. It was the residence of Henry Middleton, president of the first Continental Congress and his son, Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The National Historic Landmark encompasses America’s oldest landscaped gardens, the Middleton Place House and plantation stableyards. Programs are available to visitors to describe life on a lowcountry plantation as experienced by both master and slave from the Colonial period through 19th Century planter family. The stableyard program focuses on farm animals, historic crafts and agricultural skills. A demonstration rice field of Carolina Gold Rice provides a visual picture of the prominence of this one crop during the 18th and 19th century. For a complete experience, check out the adjacent Middleton Inn and restaurant!


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  • Redcliffe
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    181 Redcliffe Road
    Beech Island, SC 29842

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    803-827-1473

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
    Plantation home, original slave dwellings and barn of former SC Governor
    Completed in 1859, the Greek-Revival mansion was the home of James Henry Hammond and 3 generations of his descendants. Hammond, whose political career included terms as a U.S. Congressman, governor of South Carolina, and a U.S. Senator, was perhaps best known as an outspoken defender of slavery and states’ rights. It was Hammond who coined the phrase “Cotton is King” in an 1858 speech to the Senate. Today you can take a tour of the historic home or participate in educational programs focusing on the daily life of African Americans who worked and lived at Redcliffe, heirloom gardening and agriculture.
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  • Anderson Rosenwald School
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    511 Michelin Boulevard
    Anderson, SC 29625

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    864-260-6705

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    Mountain Lakes

    Rosenwald School at Tri-County Technical College

    Full-scale reproduction of an original Rosenwald School

    This structure is located on the Anderson Campus of Tri-County Technical College and is a full-scale reproduction of an original Rosenwald School. These schools were part of a massive initiative to provide standardized education for African Americans throughout the South in the early 20th century. This school, designed for one teacher, was built entirely by college students and is a part of a larger Historical Mall project that will eventually have three full-scale outdoor exhibits. The school is meticulously finished with materials as prescribed by the original Rosenwald School plans and has also been furnished with many period-appropriate original antiques, tools and teaching materials. In addition, it has museum quality display panels/pictures that explain Rosenwald Schools and their vital role in American history. 

    The school is open by appointment on weekdays. Please call for more information.


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  • Maritime Museum
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    729 Front Street
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    843-520-0111

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    Lowcountry

    SC Maritime Museum

    The only museum in the state with the sole mission of exploring South Carolina's maritime history

    Much of South Carolina history can be defined by its attachment to and love of the sea. There are countless stories connecting commerce, military, recreation, education and how ships and their crews and builders played a role. The SC Maritime Museum aims to tell these stories to visitors through various exhibits. The museum also hosts two popular events each year, The Burning of the Socks each Spring and the Wooden Boat Show each Fall.


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  • Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion
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    99 Harry M. Hallman, Jr. Boulevard
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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    843-849-9172

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    Lowcountry

    Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion
    History, culture and art of sweetgrass basketmaking
    The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavillion, located in the Town of Mt. Pleasant's Memorial Waterfront Park, is a permanent structure dedicated to showcasing the history, culture and art of sweetgrass basketmaking. Browse the exhibits and visit with local basketmakers. The pavilion is also the site of several events including the annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival. The Mount Pleasant Visitors Center and waterfront playground is located beside the pavillion, which makes it a great stop for everyone!
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  • tuskegeeAirman.jpg
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    218 North Lemacks Street
    Walterboro, SC 29488

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    843-549-2549

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    Lowcountry

    Tuskegee Airmen Monument and Airfield

    WWII air combat training facility, POW camp, training site of Tuskegee Airmen

    Walterboro Army Air Field was established in 1942 as a sub-base of Columbia Army Air Field. It was a part of the overall network of army air corps training facilities that sprang up across the U.S. during WWII. The base provided advanced air combat training to fighter and bomber groups, hosted the largest camouflage school in the U.S. as well as a 250 person POW camp. In 1944, the air field changed commands and became an advanced combat training base for individual fighters, primarily the black trainees graduating from Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Ala. Over 500 of the famed Tuskegee Airmen trained at Walterboro Army Air Field between 1944 and 1945 including individuals training as replacement pilots for the 332nd Fighter Squadron and the entire 447th Bombardment Group. Racial tension between white soldiers, black pilots and German POWs was rampant throughout the base and nearby town resulting in several racial incidents. The base closed in 1945 and returned to its origins as a local airfield. Most of the original structures have disappeared from the landscape but the airfield is still remembered through crumbling foundations in the woods, the memories of many local residents and the Walterboro Army Air Field Memorial Park and Tuskegee Memorial at the current site of the Lowcountry Regional Airport.


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  • Voorhees College
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    5402 Voorhees Road
    Denmark, SC 29042

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    803-780-1234

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Voorhees College

    Historically Black College since 1897

    Most memorable about Voorhees' history is the story of its founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright. As a black woman in her early twenties, Ms. Wright persevered and founded a school in Denmark, South Carolina in 1897.


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  • Willington
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    SC 81
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    864-391-2665

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    Freshwater Coast

    Willington On the Way

    With a population of around 200 people, Willington is a small village that was once a cotton boom town, whose growth was sparked by the coming of the railroad in 1886. By 1916, it boasted thirteen stores, a livery stable, doctor’s office and post office. Its decline began in the years of the boll weevil and the depression.

    Today "Willington On the Way" is a row of stores built around 1912 that are completely restored for modern uses. You can stop by Willington to see history coming alive again through their history center, a non-profit book store, a visitor's center and an African American schoolhouse. There's even a locally owned Thai restaurant right down the street!


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  • Woodburn
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    Address:
    130 History Lane
    Pendleton, SC 29670

    Contact:
    864-646-7249

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    Location:
    Mountain Lakes

    Woodburn Plantation

    1830s four story "summer home" and farmstead

    Woodburn is a handsome, four-story mansion built around 1830 by Charleston resident Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (SC's Lieutenant Governor during the Nullification Crisis) as his summer residence when Pendleton was one of South Carolina’s first summer resorts. With expansive porches, oversized doors/windows and high ceilings, it reflects the architectural tradition of Caribbean plantation houses which were designed for coolness. The farm was the birthplace of Jane Edna Hunter, a nationally recognized African-American activist and reformer who founded the Phyllis Wheatley Society. A replica of the two-room cabin in which she was born is being built on the grounds. The 12-acre site also includes a replica of the Adger Victorian Carriage House, an 1810 log cabin/cookhouse and a nature trail that leads to the ruins of former farm buildings.


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