McLeod Plantation Historic Site awarded for having nation's best wayside exhibits

29 Aug 2016 12:55 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC)’s McLeod Plantation Historic Site was recently recognized by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) for having the nation’s best wayside exhibits.

Located on James Island, McLeod Plantation Historic Site is a former sea island cotton plantation that has borne witness to some of the most significant periods of history. Today McLeod Plantation is an important 37-acre Gullah/Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The site’s buildings include homes that make up Transition Row, where enslaved families and their free descendants lived and transitioned from slavery to freedom during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Wayside exhibits (outdoor interpretive signs located along walkways) throughout McLeod Plantation focus on a variety of topics related to the park’s theme, Transition to Freedom. Topics range from life in the homes of Transition Row to working conditions in the site’s cotton gin house, to longstanding controversial issues like racial discrimination.


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