There’s still time to catch a summer festival
Posted 8/28/2013 4:38:00 PM
A historic recreation area created by a group of African-American families on St. Helena Island in the 1920s will hold its annual river festival this weekend.
The Land’s End Woodland River Festival
starts with an old-fashioned fish fry at 5 p.m. Friday. Dinners are $10, but the music and fellowship are free.
Bring your own chairs and picnic blankets.
Saturday’s events kick off at noon with a “taste of Gullah” and the announcement of the family of the year at 3 p.m.
The property – 328 acres – was once part of Riverside Plantation and has ruins of tabby buildings that date back to the 18th century.
land was originally bought to provide a recreation area, access to fishing and hunting, access to firewood and to provide an area for a burial ground for the original families participating in the purchase. The area has been protected from development over the past 90 years. Descendants of the original founders of the Woodland Club incorporated in the 1990s as a nonprofit organization to keep the land used as intended by the founders.
The river festival also includes exhibits, singers, crafters and Gullah storyteller Aunt Pearly Sue as well as tours of Fort Fremont and a fishing competition. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 16 and younger.
The festival will be just off of Land’s End Road a few miles south of the Penn Center
on St. Helena Island
Call (843) 838-4503 for more information.