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Penn Center

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Address: 16 Penn Center Cir W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920
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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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I was at the Penn Center for a conference, we stayed on site in some of the historical buildings. The facility wasn't bad, but they could definitely use some injection of money... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend everyone who can go, you must see Penn Center! It has so much interesting history about our culture and nation. The information that you receive form this visit is so informative about the history of the country. The guides on the island talk about the Gullah-Geechee Cultural. You can watch a video that is full of historic... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I visited the Penn Center for a weekend during a Gullah History Tour from the college that I attended. We were blessed to stay in the rooms, eat in the dining hall, walk the grounds where so much history took place. Artisans came and showed us how to hand weave sweet grass baskets, make beautiful frames by wood burning words... More 

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Abingdon, Virginia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My daughter and I visited the Penn Center with a biking tour group. Before this trip, I did not know anything about the Gullah people or their history. The museum is very educational and the woman who spoke to us was very effective in sharing her experience of the Gullah culture and language. There was a video that I think... More 

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New Jersy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We were able to understand in a clear and descriptive manner how the Afro-Americans have struggled and succeeded over the past 150 years. The Penn Center should be visited by Americans of all ages. It is beautifully situated on St. Helena's Island where there is significant Gullah memory. We enjoyed it this year and in our previous visit in 2013.... More 

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Brick, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Penn Center had some interesting items and a video. The video was very long and we didn't end up watching the entire video. The staff was not very helpful, but if you are interested in history and civil rights this is a good stop.

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The Villages
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The Center has some artifacts to view and an interesting 20-minute video explaining the importance of the Penn Center in the history of the area. It's one of those things that helps you appreciate our country's history.

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St. Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We included a stay in Beaufort on our itinerary just so we could visit the Penn Center and I'm glad we did. There's so much history to be found on the site. We were shown a video about the history of the school and then toured the museum. Existing buildings are still on the grounds and while we weren't allowed... More 

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Gatineau
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32 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Granted, it is only 5$ per person but so much more could be done to make visitors aware of this tragic but important american heritage. The museum is poorly designed, contrary to the experience of others, the staff whnw were there was cold and silent. The store was way overpriced. In the end, it left us with more questions than... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I was at the Penn Center for a conference, we stayed on site in some of the historical buildings. The facility wasn't bad, but they could definitely use some injection of money to update water heaters/appliances. It's a shame that enough donations don't come in to keep this place a little more updated considering the historical importance. The museum was... More 

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Carterville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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Additional Information about Penn Center

Address: Address: 16 Penn Center Cir W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Saint Helena Island
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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