Art / Culture
Colleton Museum and Farmers Market
Located at 506 E. Washingston Street in Walterboro, SC
The Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market is a multi-purpose facility that provides retail opportunities for local farmers; a meeting room available for a nominal fee for functions, parties, and local business training; and a dynamic museum celebrating the arts, culture, and history of this Lowcountry community.
The mission of the Museum is to preserve and promote the historical, natural and cultural heritage of Colleton County through research, interpretation, exhibitions, educational programs, and the care and conservation of collections. The Colleton Museum features a permanent collection which explores the history of Colleton County from prehistoric times to the early 1900's. The Museum also has an on-going exhibit on "Animals of the ACE," a natural history display featuring wild animals indigenous to the South Carolina lowcountry.
The mission of the Farmers Market is to provide a thriving public market for local small farmers and "craft" vendors increasing their productivity, sustainability, and profitability; to give residents and visitors access to locally-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants; and to encourage a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating for all.
South Carolina Artisans Center
Located at 318 Wichman Street, Walterboro, SC
The official Folk Art and Craft Center for the state of South Carolina, a showcase and market for over 200 of the finest juried South Carolina artisans. Its mission is to inperpret, market, preserve and perpetuate the folk art and fine craftsmanship of South Carolina artisans while creating a better understanding of our rich and diverse cultural heritage. The Center features a retail outlet, educational and interpretive exhibits, craft demonstrations, live performances and special events.
Colleton County Rice Festival
This annual spring festival is centered around rice as historically significant in Colleton County. From Colonial times through the Civil War, South Carolina was a leading producer of the country's total rice production. Today, the Rice Festival includes arts and crafts, fireworks, concessions, displays, rice cooking contest, entertainment, animal shows, dances, parade, 5K run, pageant, and more family activities.
Colleton County Arts Council
Promotes a cultural, social, economic, and educational climate in Colleton County in which the artistic heritage and creativity of all its people may find a voice. Thousands of local children and adults and scores of professional artists from throughout the region take part in visual and performing arts classes, educational performances, and visiting productions ranging from ballet to comedy improvisation.
The Colleton Center
The Arts Council is currently focused on fundraising for renovating the 1938-constructed Hampton Street School. The vision is to create The Colleton Center which could house museum and gallery space, classrooms, shops, offices, community meeting and dining facilities, and more, in additional to the already restored auditorium.
Located at 205 Church Street in Walterboro, SC
The Bedon-Lucas House constructed ca. 1829 is one of the key historic properties of the Walterboro Historic District. Today the house is beautifully furnished with fine antiques and other period pieces. The house may be rented for special occasions, such as weddings, receptions, business meetings and other functions. The Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society continues its efforts, carefully preserving the unique character, history, and life of this historical landmark.
Slave Relics Museum
Located at 208 Carn Street in Walterboro, SC
Dedicated to documenting, preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the history and culture of people of African descent. The Slave Relic Museum exhibits actual artifacts that were made and used by enslaved Africans from 1750 to the mid 1800's. Ongoing programs include classes, workshops, and a film and lecture series.
Tuskegee Airmen Memorial
Located in the Walterboro Army Airfiled Memorial Park at the Lowcountry Regional Airport on Aviation Way in Walterboro, SC
In honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, their instructors, and ground support personnel who participated in preparing for combat training at the Walterboro Army Airfield during the Second World War.
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
Designated by Congress in 1996 as a National Heritage Area, the Heritage Corridor runs from the foothills of the northwestern corner of the state, along the Savannah River, through the Edisto River Basin, to the port city of Charleston. Follow the rural landscapes of the Corridor and discover historic, cultural, and natural resources that tell the vibrant story of South Carolina's evolution and culture.
Waltervboro Wildlife Sanctuary
Entrance located on DeTreville Road in Walterboro, SC
Providing significant nature-based recreational and educational opportunities, the Great Swamp includes boardwalks, walking trails, bicycle paths, canoe/kayak trail, and observation areas. The Swamp consists of hardwood flats defined by a series of streams which braided their way through more than 800 acres. It is abundant with native wildlife populations of song birds, wading birds, ducks, predatory birds, wild turkey, deer, raccoons, beaver, otter, opossum, squirrels, and fox.
Edisto Beach State Park
The 1,255-acre Edisto Beach State Park includes 1.5 miles of beach, a dense maritime forest, and an expansive salt marsh where visitors can explore the wonders of nature. The park offers a day-use area for beach access, a four-mile nature trail that winds through the maritime forest with beautiful vistas overlooking the salt marsh and an Interpretive Center that features interactive displays. For overnight guests, Edisto Beach State Park offers vacation cabins and a campground, all of which are a short walk to the beach.
Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail
The Edisto River Basin in one of the world's longest free-flowing "blackwater" streams which encompasses twelve counties, including much of the South Carolina Lowcountry and Colleton County. The Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail was developed to promote the wise use of the river and protect it as a valuable resource by offering guided trips.
The Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto rivers converge in Colleton County creating the ACE Basin - an internationally acclaimed pristine estuary. The ACE Basin features coastal plain communities, barrier islands, marsh lands and estuarine rivers. The undeveloped landscape and the estuarine system of the ACE Basin provide a destinctive habitat for indigenous wildlife, many of which are endangered and threatened species, including the bald eagle, loggerhead sea turtles and osprey. The Natural Estuarine Reserve of the ACE Basin consists of approximately 350,000 acres of wetlands and offers a variety of recreational uses.
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