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Edisto Island Museum

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Address: 8123 Chisolm Plantation Rd, Edisto Island, SC 29438-6618
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+1 843-869-1954

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Plenty of great Edisto history. I would recommend stopping in when you're on the island. We especially liked the original slave shack, its twin is in the Smithsonian.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
La Center, Washington
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La Center, Washington
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty of great Edisto history. I would recommend stopping in when you're on the island. We especially liked the original slave shack, its twin is in the Smithsonian.

Thank Rick1075
Evansville, Indiana
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice gift shop. Enough artifacts, photos, etc. relating to the founding families of Edisto to explain how the area was tamed and turned into a major cotton producing area. One room contains items related to the Civil War, another to the thousands of slaves who worked the land and made their masters wealthy.

Thank Mary H
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41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Very friendly and small well done museum. It even has an authentic room of a slave cabin. One room out of two shows just how much space they had to live in. The history of the island and cotton industry was educational. The display of the importance and interaction during the Civil War was more than expected. The gift shop... More 

Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

This museum reflects life in the low country. It seems to have the stuff they needed to be good. I was really impressed. They have a great selection in the gift area from local artists who are very high quality. We might not have stopped if we were not on a tour as it is open only 3 afternoons a... More 

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willienelson1, Manager at Edisto Island Museum, responded to this review

We are now open five days a week - Tuesdays through Saturdays. Glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Grapeview, Washington
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555 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This museum gives a good overview of the history of the island. We especially found the information on the Gullah culture and it's influence on this area to be interesting. It is small and takes only about a half hour to go through, but is worth the stop if you are in the area.

1 Thank Jim B
Hilton Head Island
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I was visiting Edisto Island for the first time - it is tucked between Charleston and Beaufort. I had learned about the Edisto Island Museum because the newly opened Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture has a slave cabin from Edisto Island on display in D.C. and there has been a lot of press about it. I... More 

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South Burlington, Vermont
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

This really was a highlight of our trip to Ediso. This was so well done and so intresting to see all the memorabilia, great history! For a small donation it is well worth it!

Thank 100percentitalian
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Good overview of the history of Edisto Island. Personnel were friendly. Plan on spending an hour or so unless you find it more interesting. A lot of material and information in small place.

Thank Good6746
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2016

What a wonderful surprise this was! The curators have put together an engrossing collection that manages to be both informative and interesting. The scavenger hunt through the museum was a hit with my tween. The locally made arts in the gift shop were so varied that there was something for everyone. Definitely do not miss this stop when on the... More 

Thank Lynda J
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 30 July 2016

We found this by accident on a day-trip. It was very interesting--the history was local, but it was typical of communities in the low country. Very pleasantly surprised by the museum, and may go back again.

Thank Jean G

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