July 4 – “History Fair” Celebration at Magnolia Gardens

Magnolia Gardens “History Fair” returns July 4

On the nation’s birthday, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will celebrate Lowcountry history and culture during the 3rd Annual History Fair.

The History Fair will showcase 26 historic organizations, institutions and businesses. Presenters include well-known groups in education, religion, social services, the arts and tourism, including Fort Moultrie, the site of America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War.

Representatives of participating organizations will present information and lead interactive activities for the amateur and serious historian.

Magnolia will be joined by its Ashley River neighbors Drayton Hall and Middleton Place under the banner of the Historic Ashley River Plantation District.

The History Fair – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – is free.

Firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, physicians and nurses and their immediate family will be admitted free of charge to the gardens. Valid identification is required.

Guests who purchase the $15 general admission to the gardens will be treated to special activities, including dancers, drummers, a storyteller, artisans and a special lecture.

At 1 p.m. in the Orientation Theater, award-winning freelance garden writer and photographer Pam Beck will discuss plants of the Bible. She has lectured before civic and church groups, including the Duke Divinity School at Duke University. Beck is a regular contributor to the Carolina Gardener Magazine. She is the co-author of “Best Garden Plants for North Carolina.”

Master brick maker Rick Owens of Simpsonville will demonstrate early brick-making techniques. Storyteller Tyrie Rowell will interpret life for the enslaved on a York County plantation. Wona Womalan will showcase traditional Guinean history and culture through authentic West African dancing, drumming and songs.

Tom Johnson, Magnolia’s executive director, said “The History Fair is an opportunity to interact with the staffs of some of the Lowcountry’s historic sites and organizations that promote local history. This year, we are excited to offer two new presenters, Pam Beck and her discussion of plants mentioned in the Bible, and the energy of Wona Womalan will entertain our guests.”

The History Fair presenters are:
• American College of the Building Arts
• Barbados and Carolinas Legacy Foundation
• Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program, College of Charleston
• Charleston Artist Guild
• Charleston Friends of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
• Drayton Hall
• Emanuel AME Church
• Friends of the Andre Michaux Charleston Garden
• Gullah Geechee Group
• Gullah Geechee National Heritage Corridor
• Jenkins Institute
• John L. Dart Branch Library
• Keepers of the Word
• Lowcountry Africana
• Lowcountry Rice Culture Project
• Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
• Middleton Place
• National Park Service; Fort Moultrie, Fort Sumter and Charles Pinckney sites
• Old Slave Mart Museum
• Philip Simmons Foundation
• Post and Courier, Evening Post Publishing Co.
• Seashore Farmers Lodge
• Shaw Community Center and R3 Inc.
• YWCA of Greater Charleston

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