Festivals and History in the Lowcountry   

By: TLP's Partners

What defines a place? Is it the history represented by church ruins or the unique dishes created by its passionate cooks? Maybe it is the way the forces of nature carve out rivers and shift the sands. In the South Carolina Lowcountry, it is all these things and countless more, wholly embodied in the welcoming smiles and heartfelt stories of the people who live there.  

Two people enjoying a meal in South Carolina's Lowcountry.

The Lowcountry covers four counties: Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton. From the inland treasures to the coastal beaches, the area offers an abundance of things to see and do. There are plenty of places to wet a hook, paddle a kayak or make a splash. Hunters, bird-watchers, antiques seekers, golf enthusiasts, beach bums, foodies, history buffs and art lovers all find a reason to spend time in the Lowcountry.  

Visit the area for festivals to celebrate proud culture, music, soft-shell crabs, shrimp, oysters, watermelons, boiled peanuts and more. The Lowcountry is wrapped in a zest for life. At every turn, there is another reason to throw a party, to gather together to rejoice in what is shared and what can be learned from each other. And, of course, you are invited to view the calendar of events and join the celebrations! Stay a while and enjoy lodging options from resorts and beach-front cottages to hotels and campgrounds. 

The Frampton Plantation in South Carolina's Lowcountry.

During your visit, be sure to stop by the welcome center at the Frampton House, off I-95 and Highway 17 in Yemassee. Originally 4,000 acres of land granted to the Frampton family in the 1700s, the Frampton Plantation has stood witness to the changing times. The land was first used for growing cotton, rice and other crops, until the Civil War brought the destruction of the house and all the farm buildings. In 1868, the current house was built and farming continued. Over the years the house and land passed through several owners with periods of renovations and disrepair. In 1993, the house and four acres of land were donated to the Lowcountry Tourism Commission for the creation of our visitors center and museum. 

Today the museum features historic displays, while the gift shop offers local art, books and gifts highlighting the area. The museum is open to the public seven days a week, from 8:30 5:00 p.m. Stop by to grab a helpful brochure and visit the gift shop with local books, art and more. The friendly staff will help you make the most of your time in the Lowcountry.  

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