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Visiting the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

This 1828 house serves as the Visitor Center
This 1828 house serves as the Visitor Center
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Outside of Mount Pleasant, near Charleston, about 2 hours from Columbia, is the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.While the name may not be as obvious as George Washington or Thomas Jefferson, Pinckney (1757-1824) was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and held various offices in a career in Public Service that lasted over 40 years. Among those offices was governor, US Senator, Congressman and Minister to Spain. He is known as, "The Forgotten Founder."

The Pinckney Historic Site is the last remnant of Snee Farm, which was Pinckney's smallest plantation. It encompasses 28 acres of a plantation that was over 700 acres in Pinckney's lifetime. While Pinckney owned several plantations, his main residence was on Meeting Street in Charleston

Today, the site contains a Visitor Center which is housed in a building thqat stands on the site of the Pinckney House. There are plenty of exhibits on Pinckney’s life and career as well as one on the Gullah-Geechee culture of the Low Country of South Carolina. There is also an orientation film that is excerpted from a SCETV program "the Forgotten Founder".

There is also a 1/2 mile walking trail with stops marking slave quarters, a tidal creek and a rice trunk that used when rice was grown in this part of South Carolina.

Admission to the Pinckney NHS is free and, if you're in the Charleston area, it is worth a visit. The site is administered by the National Park Service.

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