36th Annual Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration

Location:  Penn Center, Inc. National Historic District

Penn Center, Inc. National Historic District 16 Penn Center Circle East, ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC 29920

Maps & Directions

Contact organizers for additional details about event times.

Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day cultural event celebrating the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island history, folk arts, food, music, crafts, and West African cultural legacy.

Located at the historic Penn Center, an NPS Reconstruction Era National Monument and the site of the former Penn School, one of the first schools for formerly enslaved Africans and their descendants living on St. Helena Island--visitors can experience the unique setting of the 50-acre historic campus.  Special events for the weekend include demonstrations of West African cultural connections, an educational symposium (register at: Eventbrite "Penn Center Heritage Symposium"), a crafts fair, fish fry, youth and family day, and an art exhibition by Diane Britton-Dunham, the 2018 featured artist.  There are no gate admission fees during the weekend, with the exception of several special events.  There will be a parking fee for on-campus parking:  $5 per car/truck and $25 per tour bus/passenger van.  For more information on vendor/sponsorship applications, please visit www.penncenter.com or call (843) 838-8578.

Admission Details

Free gate admission


Head east on US-21 leaving downtown Beaufort and cross the Woods Bridge to Ladys Island and continue past Walmart and travel 3.5 miles to stop light, turn right onto Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Drive; go quarter mile to Penn Center campus (second entrance on the right to parking in the rear).