Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day cultural event celebrating the Gullah/Geechee/Sea Island history, folk arts, food, music, crafts and West African cultural legacy. Located at the Penn School, one of the first schools for enslaved Africans on St. Helena Island, visitors can experience the unique setting of the 50-acre historic campus of Penn Center. Special events for the weekend include demonstrations of West African/ Gullah cultural connections, including bateau making, quilting, basket making and net making; live demonstrations of rice production in an authentic rice shack; Gullah storytellers; singers; African drummers; dancers; gospel singers; a craft fair; a parade; a fish fry and gospel extravaganza and lots of "fun fuh de chillun" (fun for the children).
Parking available on campus.
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St Helena Island
Coastal & Islands
16 Penn Center CIR W,
St Helena Island, SC 29920
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November 7, 2019 - November 9, 2019
I-95 Exit 33. Highway 17-N to Highway 21-S through the city of Beaufort. Proceed 6 miles through Lady's Island to St. Helena Island. Turn right onto M.L. King Drive and go 1/2 mile to the Historic Penn Center District.
FREE, parking fees will apply on Friday & Saturday; $5 car/truck/suv/van, $25 per tour bus. There are costs for some Heritage events and food.
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