Maroons Cultural Heritage Day at Beidler Forest

Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00am - 2:00pmHarleyville, South Carolina

Location Details

Francis Beidler Forest

336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville, 29448

In partnership with the Summerville-Dorchester County Museum, and in honor of Black History month, this year’s Heritage Day is dedicated to the Maroons. Maroons were people who escaped enslavement and fled to the swamps and formed small communities in order to survive. Places like Four Holes Swamp provided many resources for food and herbal medicines, as well as materials to craft everything from tools to trade goods.  They were also places of respite and healing for the downtrodden and mistreated.

James Williams, one of those escaped slaves, eventually made his way from Four Holes Swamp to freedom in Maine. Come listen to a reenactment of his story, see an example of a Maroon encampment, and learn about the technologies the Maroons used to survive such as shingle riving, split oak basketry, basic outdoor cooking, herbal medicine, and old-time fishing techniques.

Dr. Drew Lanham, Biology Professor from Clemson, will talk about the importance of the swamp to people of today, and guided walks will begin at 20 minute intervals from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Registration is required. The price for adults is $10, there is no charge for anyone age twelve or younger. If it rains on the 24th, this year’s Heritage Day will be held on the 25th instead. To register please click here.

Painting by Thomas Moran, 1862, "Slave Hunt."

Maroons Cultural Heritage Day at Beidler Forest

February 24, 2018 - Harleyville, SC

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