About Us

Edisto Museum, Historical Museum, things to do in Edisto

In 1986, a small group of Edisto Island residents gathered to found the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society (EIHPS). The mission of the Society is to preserve and exhibit the history of Edisto, and to educate the public in these endeavors. To fulfill this mission, the Society operates the Edisto Island Museum and works in […]

Membership

Join us in supporting the Museum with a membership. Benefits for all memberships include: Free Entry to Museum Discounts on Museum shop purchases & annual tour tickets No sales tax on shop purchases Subscriptions to our newsletter, “Edisto Echoes” Members’ meetings Invitations to educations events, lectures and receptions   Please select one membership level: Museum […]

Events & Exhibits

Edisto Island Art Guild Exhibit – Tuesday, June 6th through Saturday, September 2nd.   2017 Edisto & Beyond Annual Tour of Historic Plantations, Churches and Graveyards – Saturday, October 14th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Join us for this popular annual event featuring nine historic properties:  Summit Plantation, Swallow Bluff Plantation, the Pink House, Windsor Plantation, […]

Explore Our History

Edisto Island is treasured for its natural beauty, its beaches and creeks, its wildlife and its laid-back, easy way of life. But, it is also treasured for its rich history that includes Native Americans, Spanish pirates, English settlers, wealthy cotton planters, enslaved African-Americans and many who made their living off of the bounty of the ocean and creeks. To truly experience all that makes Edisto so special, be sure to include a visit to the Edisto Island Museum to learn more about our fascinating history.

The Museum is filled with artifacts and furnishings of many of the island’s most magnificent cotton plantations as well as a portion of one of the last remaining slave cabins on Edisto.   You’ll also find a Civil War Room that is filled with artifacts from this war as well as one of the first printings of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession.

Equally important is the “After Freedom” room that helps tell the story of our island community after the Civil War.  We have an impressive display of farm implements from the early days of Edisto. You’ll learn about the importance of cotton to the island’s economy and way of life and how that lifestyle was drastically altered after the Civil War. Our exhibits continue on through the period of the early 20th Century, featuring displays from Edisto’s oldest Freedman’s house, the art of creating shrimp nets, artifacts from the island’s school for African-Americans and a wonderful collection of vintage children’s toys.

For a more detailed look at the history of Edisto’s plantations, click here for a map of the Plantations of Edisto Island.

We also have special exhibits that change every few months, so be sure to visit more than once. There’s always something new to learn here at the Edisto Island Museum.

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  • A Piece of History

    NMAAHC Receives Piece of Sea Island History With Slave Cabin Acquisition

  • Africans

    The first Africans came to Edisto Island in about 1684 and were a key element in establishing the island’s planter class, many of whom amassed huge fortunes. Once freed, many former slaves remained on the island and continued to Edisto’s rich cultural heritage.

  • English Settlers

    Paul Grimball was the first English settler, arriving on Edisto in 1683. The tabby ruins of the Grimball House are still in existence.

  • The Spanish

    A Spanish Catholic mission was established to convert the Edisto Indians in 1569, but was abandoned in defeat in 1570.

Visit the Gift Shop

Before you leave the museum, spend some time in our gift shop. we have a special section of books, games and toys for children as well as adults. We also feature a wide selection of one-of-a-kind, hand-made crafts from local artisans, including jewelry, pottery, wood carvings and paintings. And, because we're a non-profit organization, there's no sales tax so you save money while supporting a worthy cause. we hope to see you soon!

Contact Us

Address: 8123 Chisolm Plantation Road
Edisto Island, SC 29438

Phone: 843.869.1954
Fax: 843.869.2754
email: shop@edistomuseum.org