De Place dem Whey We fa Gadda fa Mek We Scrong
(The Places Where We Gather for Strength)
The sites spotlighted here have been or are venues, landscapes, or sites where Gullah Geechee people meet and engender community spirit through discussing and planning actions to embrace education, economic development, preservation and documentation, and other important issues within the Corridor.
Seashore Farmer’s Lodge, James Island, SC
The Seashore Farmers’ Lodge African American cultural complex is an entity which makes people aware of the Coastal African American’s contributions to both SC and the USA through several interchangeable, yet structured, educational programs.
Built through the tenacity of its members, The Seashore Farmers’ Lodge is a turn of the century building located within the community of Sol-Legare in James Island, South Carolina, just outside of Charleston. The modest structure once served as a hub not only to this small African American farming community, but to several others as well, providing its members with a form of support for which they were not otherwise eligible. The community of Sol-Legare is still home to many of the 5th and 6th generation descendants of the original settlers and it is one of the last remaining of its kind in most of the South. Prior to being settled, the 800 acre island was host to several Civil War skirmishes and encampments, reinforcing its rich historical significance and connection to the Massachusetts 54th Regiment’s African American troops.
Today, the area remains alive and vibrant with the Gullah-Geechee heritage and is the perfect setting for a learning center where people from all around can experience this thriving, colorful culture first-hand.
The museum exhibits a series of relics relevant to the survival of these small, African American agricultural communities, in addition to several living history series which highlight the magical touch visitors receive as they are whisked back in time to experience what life was like as an early 20th century African American.
Listed on The National Register of Historic Places in 2007, the lodge underwent an extensive restoration in 2009 and reopened as a cultural center and museum in April of 2011. The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the restoration effort the Preservation Honor Award in 2011.
For more information contact Corie Hipp
Seashore Farmers’ Lodge website
Restoration of Seashore Farmers’ Lodge