Santa Elena History Center, July 30 – August 20



Event and Program Announcements from the Santa Elena History Center

July 30 – August 20

Join us for a variety of special programs and presentations 

In the Lecture Room of the Santa Elena History Center meet characters from our past, dive into the layers of the Santa Elena story, learn about the scientific aspect of archaeology, meet special guests in Beaufort, and much more!  Click here to register online and reserve your seat!

Have you head the big news? Long-Lost Fort on Santa Elena Site is Discovered! Click here to read more.

Lafayette and the Rights of Man

While most South Carolinians know who Lafayette was, the details of his life and his contributions to the cause of American liberty, both military and political, and his 1824-1825 tour of our country, including South Carolina, are not well known. This presentation will not only touch on the above information but will also focus on Lafayette’s life and his connections to South Carolina as well as his lifelong dedication to protecting the rights of all individuals.

August 2, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Cost: $10.00

Instructor: William S. Davies, Jr.

Medicine in Colonial South Carolina

What was health care like for people in colonial South Carolina? During this program participants will learn how people in the past dealt with sickness and disease through a PowerPoint presentation and by examining reproduction artifacts. They will then analyze the treatment given to George Washington during his final illness.

August 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm –3:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Peggy Pickett

A History of the Yamasee Indians: Origins, Migration, Conflict and Pottery

This presentation will focus on the origins and migrations of the Yamasee Indians. It will incorporate some of the most recent research, and includes a brief overview of the Yamasee War and a short discussion of the evolution of Yamasee pottery.

August 13, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Dr. Eric Poplin

Guided Tour of Santa Elena on Parris Island

Special guided tour of the National Historic Site of Santa Elena on Parris Island. Walk in the footsteps of the French and Spanish explorers who tread this ground over 450 years ago, explore the remnants of a Spanish fort surrounded by a moat and learn about the lost century of our American history. Tour of Parris Island lasts approximately 2 hours, weather permitting.  Meet your tour guide at the Santa Elena History Center at 9:00 AM where you will proceed to Parris Island. You may want to enjoy the History Center’s main exhibit “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story” which will take approximately 30 minutes afterwards ($10.00 admission).

August 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Cost: Free

Instructor: Guy Collier

Meet Marina de Lara—a Settler from Santa Elena

In May of 1569, 193 settlers—men, women, children—arrived at Santa Elena.  Marina de Lara, her husband, their six children and her mother were among these settlers.  Seven years later the settlement they helped start was abandoned.  Come and meet Marina de Lara and she will tell you the story of the seven years she spent at Santa Elena—the successes and then the failures that led to its temporary abandonment.

August 17, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Peggy Pickett

 Everyday Life in Colonial South Carolina

What was life like for the typical lowcountry resident in the 18th century?   In an age with no modern conveniences how did they manage?  This program will explore the fashions, manners, food ways, education and amusements prevalent in the colonial period.

August 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Peggy Pickett

Captian William Hilton Visits Santa Elena

In 1663, almost 100 years after the Spanish had started their settlement at Santa Elena, an Englishman—Captain William Hilton, who had been commissioned by settlers in Barbados to explore the Carolina coast for a suitable site for a colony—entered Port Royal Sound.  As he did so he noticed a high bluff or headland on an island that could serve as a navigational marker and called it Hilton’s Head. You are invited to meet Captain William Hilton and hear about his life and harrowing adventures on the Carolina coast. Participants will be able to interact with Captain Hilton, ask him questions, etc.

August 20, 2016 @ 11:00 pm – 12:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Dwayne Pickett

To see a full calendar of events and programs happening each week click here, and check with us often as programs continue to be added.


Extended Camp Dig-It Program

Brand new Camp Dig-It program for ages 7-12, based on the archaeology of Parris Island where the 1566 Spanish settlement of Santa Elena was located.

Participants will get an introduction to the field of archaeology and have the opportunity to learn about the past as they excavate and identify artifacts from dig boxes. Archaeologist Dwayne Pickett will lead you through two simulated excavations; one related to the colonial occupation of Parris Island and the other related to when the Spanish occupied the site. Participants will learn about life on Parris Island during these times periods and also be able to make and keep pottery like the Native American made, which was used by the Spanish at Santa Elena.

We will be taking a 30 min lunch from 12:00-12:30 so please bring a bagged lunch on the day of the program and dress to get dirty.

August 5, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center: 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Cost: $35.00

Instructor: Dwayne Pickett

Inaugural Exhibit “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story”

now open to the public in the beautiful, historic former courtroom

Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4pm  

Sunday 1pm – 4pm

Admission is $10/adult, $5/child (age 5-12), and free for children under 5, active duty and first responders.

SANTA ELENA HISTORY CENTER        1501 BAY STREET, BEAUFORT, SC 29902         843-379-1550         WWW.SANTA-ELENA.ORG

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Santa Elena Foundation

PO Box 1005 Beaufort, SC 29901

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