On View

Beyond the Oaks: Lowcountry Plantations

May 2019 – April 2020

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The historic landscape of the Lowcountry is shaped by the presence of plantations. This exhibition examines area plantations from colonial times to the 21st century.

The Morris Center invites visitors to approach the exhibit with a positive attitude towards the future. A comprehensive understanding of plantations and the people who lived and worked on them is vital to the strength of our community.



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Trailer for Beyond the Oaks Documentary

Beyond the Oaks is a documentary film designed for the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage about the history and future of that well known southern staple the Plantation Home. Through interviews with experts, artists, historians, and homeowners this documentary dares to ask, when you say the word plantation what are you planting?

Come visit and watch the full documentary.

3-D Honey Hill Battlefield Display


Get a feel for how this significant battle of the Civil War played out. This display features a three-dimensional diorama of the Honey Hill Battlefield that took place in Ridgeland, South Carolina on November 30, 1864.

The Great Charleston Earthquake, 1886

June 1, 2019 – November 2, 2019


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.



Coming Soon

Black Gold: 13th Annual African American Fiber Arts Exhibition

November 9, 2019 – March 21, 2020


Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique opportunity offers African American fiber artists an annual showcase to exhibit their original and innovative designs. This selection of pieces are on loan through the SC State Museum.