Magnolia Plantation

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Magnolia Gardens' History Fair
returns with expanded program

Want to explore local history and meet the people who promote and preserve it? If so, come to the 6th Annual History Fair on Saturday, July 7 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

The History Fair is a free event featuring well-known organizations in education, religion, social services, the arts and tourism, including the planned International African American Museum at Gadsden's Wharf where nearly 40 percent of the captured West Africans brought to Charleston first step on American soil.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the public will have an opportunity to meet representatives of thirty-four historic groups. The event is designed for amateur and serious historians and children who want to touch the past.

The History Fair is free. Guests who purchase garden admission to Magnolia will also be treated to a living history program "Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved", an outreach of The Slave Dwelling Project, founded by Joseph McGill. African American historians dressed in period attire will portray the roles of the enslaved on a plantation. Experience up-close and personal interaction with interpreters as they reenact stories, cook over an open fire and demonstrate blacksmithing skills.

Garden admission is $20/adults, $10/children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 & under. Teachers and their immediate family members will receive FREE admission for this educational event (valid ID required). Optional tours are not included in the free garden admission (may be purchased separately).

This event also provides an opportunity to sleep in former cabins at Magnolia Plantation on Friday night, July 6th (based on availability). If you have the courage to engage in conversation about slavery and the legacy that it left on this nation, contact Joseph McGill at for details.

The 2018 History Fair Presenters are:

American College of the Building Arts
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Barbados and Carolinas Legacy Foundation
Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center
Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Project
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Charleston Artist Guild
Charleston County Library
Charleston Area Branch of the Association for the Study of American Life and History
Congaree National Park
Drayton Hall
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
54th Massachusetts Regiment, Regiment Co. I
Fort Moultrie
Fort Sumter National Monument
• Friends of the Andre Michaux Charleston Garden
Gullah Geechee National Heritage Corridor

Heritage Museum at Dorchester County Archives and History Center
International African American Museum
Jenkins Institute
Jubilee Project
Keepers of the Word
Lowcountry Africana
Magnolia Plantation and Garden
Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
Old Slave Mart Museum
Philip Simmons Artist-Blacksmith Guild of South Carolina
Philip Simmons Foundation
Reconstruction Era National Monument
Seashore Farmers Lodge
Slave Dwelling Project
South Carolina History Day
Summerville Dorchester Museum
YWCA of Greater Charleston


Living History

Inalienable Rights: Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved
Saturday, July 7 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Experience history with period-dressed "living historians" as they tell stories and present craft and cooking demonstrations to mark a time when enslaved Africans labored in America. The program is presented by The Slave Dwelling Project and Magnolia. Paid garden admission is required for this event.