From Slavery to Freedom: The Magnolia Cabin Project Tour
LENGTH: 45 minutes
TIMES: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
COST: Please note that this tour is included with admission subject to availability. Spaces must be reserved when you purchase your admission ticket. To ensure each guest has an optimal experience, tour size is limited; therefore, your reservation indicates a commitment to attend.
Magnolia’s Cabin Project began in 2008 in an effort to preserve five historic structures: four cabins built in the 1850s, and a smokehouse built circa 1900. These former slave dwellings now serve as the focal point for an award-winning 45-minute program in African-American history.
Magnolia recognizes the importance of acknowledging the vital role of enslaved people in Lowcountry history. No visit to Magnolia can be complete without an understanding of the families who have lived here—first as enslaved workers, and then as paid garden staff—throughout Magnolia’s 350 year history. By addressing this often overlooked part of the narrative, we seek to honor and remember the men, women, and children who designed, planted and worked in the gardens, built and maintained the bridges, and labored in the house and the rice fields while enslaved.
During this tour, visitors participate in a discussion focused on the history of slavery at Magnolia and the lives of the enslaved families who lived here. After the Civil War, these cabins were inhabited by free men and women who worked to design and maintain the gardens, and served as Magnolia's first tour guides. Their history and the history of their descendants (some of whom still work at Magnolia today) is also described.
After the discussion, visitors will have time to explore the cabins themselves. These four cabins have been preserved and restored, each representing a time period significant to both African-American history and Magnolia history. The time periods represented are as follows: the 1850s during the time of enslavement, the 1870s following Emancipation and during the time of Reconstruction, the 1920s during the Jim Crow era, and the 1960s through the Civil Rights Movement.
Magnolia promises visitors will leave with a newfound perspective on the lives of the men, women, and children who have lived here since the beginning. We urge you to participate.