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Address: Saint Helena Island, SC
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: A significant African-American institution in the United States, its...
A significant African-American institution in the United States, its mission is to preserve the Sea Islands' history, culture and environment.
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Terriific insight to the Gullah culture

It's a little out of the way from HIlton Head but well worth the time. The museum and visitor center were both very informative. We spend most of the day learning about the Penn... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Carterville, Illinois
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Carterville, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

It's a little out of the way from HIlton Head but well worth the time. The museum and visitor center were both very informative. We spend most of the day learning about the Penn Center school. We had time to eat at the Gullah Grub for dinner

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stratford upon avon
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73 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This museum is where all the Black children went to school it was like a modern day apprenticeship were they learnt various trades, Martin Luther King started his famous speech whilst he was here. There are 15 historic buildings to see and also a 20 minutes film, staff are friendly and the cost is $5 per adult. It is in... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

If you are in the Beaufort SC area, a visit to Penn Center is a must. This area was one of the first taken by Union soldiers in 1862. What do you do with the ex slaves. Two Quaker women came down from the north to help teach them. The school was open for almost 100 years They taught these... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The history here is so deep and I felt so privileged to visit and learn so much about Gullah culture! It was so interesting and the exhibits and artifacts were exceptional. Nothing beats the feeling of history, great stories and film to make it seem like the place is coming alive all around you. Low country folklore has a rich... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Be sure to visit the Penn Center on Saint Helena Island if you get the chance. It’s an easy drive from Beaufort, and there’s no more fascinating place to explore the roots and origins of Gullah/Geechee/Sea Island culture. Pick up a guide/map ($1) at the Welcome Center so you’ll appreciate what you see on your tour of this one-of-a-kind place.... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The pictures of life on St. Helena, and the artifacts make it memorable. Loved the books and other materials about the Low Country. Also, enjoyed the short film presentation that brought the Penn Center to Life.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The history of the Cemter, and the continued efforts, are fantastic! I knew nothing of the Penn Educational Program when the visit was recommended by a local when I asked for something to teach me about the history of the region. I only wish I had had more time to see some of the other buildings, as I only had... More 

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Lady's Island, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Take time to visit this historic site & home of the Gullah culture. Read the captions & plaques; enjoy the artifacts.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The site captures the historic of the Gullah Geechee people who were the first freed enslaved Africans to attend a training school

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Was very interesting with a 25 min. video and several pictures of the days in late 1800's. More emphasis should be added with film on the network showing the Head of the Gullah Nation talking about the heritage and speaking Geechy. More signs indidcating what the buildings were used for on campus. Plan for a one hour stay.

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