“Living by the Rails: Lowcountry Railroad History Exhibit” Coming to the Morris Center!

Living by the Rails: Lowcountry Railroad History Exhibit 

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is proud to announce that it will be building from the ground up a new exhibit chronicling the amazing local history of railroads and locomotives. These steam-spewing behemoths ripped and roared their way through the Lowcountry, from Charleston to Savannah, and everywhere in between.

The Charleston and Savannah Railway runs straight through Ridgeland, SC, bringing with it years of history, memories, and local flavor. Originally chartered in 1854, the railway ran over 120 miles, connecting two of the most important port cities of the south.

During the Civil War, the railway transformed into a strategic wartime asset, with Union and Confederate troops battling for control of the supply lines provided by the rails. Sherman famously damaged several key sections of the railway during the March to the Sea and the subsequent Carolina Campaign.

As we continue to research and write about this incredibly interesting and important topic, we turn to our members and guests for help! We are looking to gather any local and personal stories to tell the true stories of the railway and put them on display for guests to see.

Similar to our “Homegrown Heroes” exhibit, these stories are fading fast, and as always, we endeavor to record these amazing personal histories before it is too late.

Likewise, any artifacts or memorabilia concerning railroads would be highly appreciated. We are a non-collecting institute, and all artifacts will be returned to their owners. We thank you in advance!

Living by the Rails can be seen at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage from Saturday, April 28, 2018 to March 2, 2019.