Heritage Travel: 37th Annual Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration

Looking for a last-minute getaway for the upcoming weekend? Be sure to add the 37th Annual Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration on Saint Helena Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry. This annual festival is a great experience for a family, group of girlfriends or for a solo experience. Experience the Gullah culture of the Lowcountry through the festivities and explore the beauty of Penn Cenn Center and Saint Helena Island.

Heritage Travel: 37th Annual Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration

Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day cultural event celebrating Penn School – Penn Center, and the Gullah Geechee history, folk arts, food, music, crafts and West and Central African cultural legacy.

Photo by Captured by Kate Photography

Located at Penn Center—formerly the Penn School, one of the first schools for formerly enslaved Africans and their descendants living in the Sea Islands of South Carolina—visitors can experience the unique setting of the 50-acre Penn School National Historic Landmark District.

Special events for the weekend include demonstrations of West African/Gullah cultural connections, including:

  • Live cultural demonstrations
  • Gullah storytellers and re-enactors
  • Singers, African drummers, and dancers
  • Educational symposium
  • Fish fry, crab crack & oyster roast
  • Back in the Day Jam
  • Parade
  • Center stage entertainment
  • Craft fair
  • Youth & Family Day with lots of educational “fun fuh de chillun and famlee” (fun for the children and family).

Penn Center is excited to announce that there are no gate admission fees for 2019. There are costs for some Heritage events and food.

Parking fee (Friday & Saturday) on Penn Center’s campus (East and West). Handicapped parking will be available. $5 per car/truck/suv/van | $25 per tour bus

Please bring your folding camp chairs for comfort.

Please contact us for more information by phone: (843) 838-8552 email: heritagefestival@penncenter.com

Click on the 2019 Heritage Days Celebration Event Schedule below to enlarge.

Photo by Captured by Kaitlin Photography

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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