Love historic homes, travel and southern design? You should explore these 5 Historic Gullah homes for your next road trip. Full of rich history and classic southern architecture, these coastal homes are a great way to learn more about the rich African American history of the Lowcountry.
5 Historic Gullah Homes to Visit
King Tisdell Cottage
Savannah’s King-Tisdell Cottage is dedicated to the preservation of African American history and culture. The cottage is named for Eugene and Sarah King, and Mrs. King’s second husband, Robert Tisdell, former owners of the cottage. It contains many interesting artifacts and is furnished with period pieces typical of a coastal black residence of the 1890s. The works of African-American sculptor Ulysses Davis (1913-1990) are featured here and at the Beach Institute.
Originally built on another site in 1896 by W. W Aimar, this handsomely restored Victorian center-hall cottage is significant for the intricate gingerbread ornamentation on the porch and dormer in the wheel and spindle pattern. The residence was scheduled for demolition in 1970, but a joint effort of the City of Savannah and the Historic Savannah Foundation saved the property, and it was moved to the current location.
Seashore Farmer’s Lodge
James Island, SC
The Seashore Farmers’ Lodge No. 767 (circa 1915) is significant as an illustration of the importance of fraternal orders in the cultural life of the
Edisto Island, SC
The Hutchinson House is the oldest identified house on Edisto Island, South Carolina associated with the black community after the American Civil War. It was the residence of Henry Hutchinson, a mulatto who, according to a local tradition, built and operated the first cotton gin owned by a black on the island from about 1900 to 1920.
Following the Civil War, Jim Hutchinson worked to assemble groups of freed blacks who would collectively purchase land on Edisto Island. Each contributor then received a fractional interest in the lands acquired. Jim Hutchinson’s children built their own houses on his portion; one of the children was Henry Hutchinson. Henry Hutchinson’s house is the only one remaining. Henry Hutchinson is said to have built the house at the time of his marriage to Rosa Swinton in 1885, and resided here until his death in about 1940.
Robert Smalls House
The Robert Smalls House is a historic house at 511 Prince Street in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Frances Jones House
Daufuskie Island, SC
One of the most historic homes on the island, this place started out as a
Located at the Penn Center, the Gantt Cottage was a landmark during the Civil Rights Movement, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference often met at the Penn Center. The center served as a rare retreat where members of both races could meet peacefully without being threatened or harmed.58