Uncovering the Roots of Reconstruction


Event Details


A partnership with the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island Land Trust and the Mitchelville Preservation Project offers a unique tour to visit two historic sites connected to the Civil War and Reconstruction eras on Hilton Head Island starting in September. Every other Friday, starting September 13, at 9:30 a.m., you will meet at Mitchelville for a short introduction and then participants will caravan in their own personal vehicles to the sites.

You will visit the site of the self-governing community of Mitchelville (est. 1862) and Fort Howell to learn about the Port Royal Experiment, Civil War era, emancipation, and reconstruction on Hilton Head Island. Nearby, join a guide for a tour of Fort Howell, built in 1864 to protect the town of Mitchelville. Learn about the 32nd U.S. Colored Infantry troops who built the fort, the methods used to construct it, and the importance of its preservation.

Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and reservations are required by calling (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org. The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.