Discover More of the South Carolina Lowcountry

Get ready to explore the past, present, and future of this vibrant, historic region.

Welcome to the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage!

Our mission is to cultivate community experiences through education, preservation, and celebration of the region's rich history and culture.

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a non-profit organization with a goal of community engagement through educational programming and changing exhibits connected to the Lowcountry heritage.

The Center advances education and engagement initiatives that preserve the Lowcountry`s history and culture through programs, events, and exhibitions that inspire interest and evoke inquiry. The Trust creates a vibrant center where a wide diversity of people gather to explore and learn about the region`s distinctive sense of place.

Special Thanks to Our Program Sponsors:

South Carolina Humanities & South Carolina Arts Commission!

Latest Events


01jun10:00 am02nov(nov 2)5:00 pmThe Great Charleston Earthquake, 1886

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This exhibit examines the most destructive earthquake ever recorded in the eastern United States. The quake occurred near Charleston, SC on August 31, 1886. Discover details about the devastation and how rescue efforts were deployed during the 1800’s. The exhibit also teaches how to protect yourself today should an earthquake occur.

The Great Charleston Earthquake, 1886 was developed by the South Carolina State Museum with research, collaboration and assistance from Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius, authors of “Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow” (University of Georgia Press, 2011) and the Emergency Management Division of South Carolina.




June 1 (Saturday) 10:00 am - November 2 (Saturday) 5:00 pm

24jun9:00 am12:00 pmEvent OverExploration Camp: Shake, Rattle, Sing & Dance!Monday through Friday from 9:00 to Noon - Lowcountry Adventurers (Ages 4-7)

Event Details

We are moving and grooving at the Morris Center. In this five-day camp, attendees will get in touch with their musical side through art, stories, and play!  This camp is for Lowcountry Adventurers, ages 4-7 years.

Instructor: Lisa Sweeney, Music and Art Teacher at St. Francis Catholic School

Exploration Camps at the Morris Center  are infused with history, science, art, and FUN! The camp class size is small to enhance the experience. 

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(Monday) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

27jun5:00 pmPlantation Profiles: Beaufort County with Morris Center Curator

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Plantations are embedded in the DNA of South Carolina history, especially the heritage of this region, and everyone can benefit from a better understanding of their past.  In connection with Beyond the Oaks: Lowcountry Plantations exhibit, this curator talk, Director of Exhibitions and Programs Kayleigh Vaughn will give insight on some the plantations from the Beaufort County region including such examples as Frogmore and Tomotley.

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Featured Events

The Great Charleston Earthquake, 1886

This exhibition is on view from June 1, 2019 to November 2, 2019. Still one of the most devastating seismic events in southeastern history, the Great Charleston Earthquake claimed sixty lives. Come learn more about how the event impacted the area and how you can prepare for an event like this in the future. This…


Registration Now Open for Exploration Camps!

Exploration Camps at the Morris Center are infused with history, science, art, and FUN! The camp class size is small to enhance the experience. Click here for more information or to register.  Lowcountry Adventurers (Ages 4-7) June 24-28, 2019; 9:00am-Noon July 15-19, 2019; 9:00am-Noon Lowcountry Pioneers (Ages 8-12) July 8-12, 2019; 9:00am-Noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm July 22-26, 2019; 9:00am-Noon…