Mount Pleasant's Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is made up of the remnants of the coastal plantation home of Charles Pinckney the so-called "forgotten founder". Although his name rarely gets mentioned Pinckney was one of the principal authors and signees of the American Constitution. At this historical attraction you can find out about his life and the lives of the African American slaves who worked on the plantation.
Things to Do
- The Site's visitor's center can be found in a Lowcountry farmhouse from the 1800s. Here you can request to watch and orientation video about the site and receive information on self-guided tours you may conduct around the grounds.
- Walk to what remains of Snee Farm which takes up a space of 28 acres of this former plantation. There is a 1/2 mile walking trail complete with exhibits describing the former plantation, along with explanations of the local flora and fauna.
- Give your kids the chance to become Junior Rangers. You can collect a program at the site's visitor's center which is full of activities to complete and questions to answer. Once your child has filled the booklet they can take it to a Ranger at the site to go over it and earn their Charles Pinckney Junior Ranger Badge. The Junior Ranger program is meant for children aged 12 and under.
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site Insider Tips
- A text version of the official park brochure is available for you to download before you come. There are other resources which are free to use listed on the same page.
- The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is only closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Entrance to the site is free.
- There are two other National Park Service sites in the Charleston area which you can visit. Fort Sumter was the site of the beginning of the American Civil War when Confederate troops opened fire on the Union leading to its ultimate surrender. Fort Moultrie where Union Patriots held off an attack by British Naval forces during the Revolutionary War.