African-American life in rural South Carolina
1840s to 1950s
||Information for the Public
hewn-timber cabins, ca. 1836, were built
as sleeping quarters for
African-Americans who worked the land. The cabins were
constructed by slaves to house slaves. The construction
of the cabins, especially the full dovetailed corners,
shows that the builders were very skilled craftsmen who
took pride in their work. These homes are a representation
of South Carolina history in its truest form and are on
the National Register of Historic Places.
hewn-timber cabins, ca. 1836, are located on Francis
Marion University campus, 200 yards from Highway 76/301,
on Wallace Woods Road (Gate Six). Map.
Website: This website
contains significant resources for those interested in
learning more about these particular structures or about
life in South Carolina during the 1840s to 1950s. It
would not have been possible without Amelia Wallace
Vernon's tireless efforts over several decades to capture
local history. This website and the cabins represent the
dedication of many individuals who recognize the
importance of maintaining local history and its
contribution to understanding the larger trends studied by
What you will find at this
b. An online tour of the
home belonging to Ms. Catherine
c. Hear voices from the past
Over time, scholars, educators, and volunteers have assembled resources that may be of use to those who wish to spend more time studying this period of history. They are as follows:
i. Bibliographic listing of books and other materials on slavery and slave culture
ii. Books and files related to the hewn-timber cabins and available in the James A. Rogers Library
iii. Website links assembled and reviewed by academics.
iv. Lesson plans and ideas covering grades 4 through 12 have been prepared by local educators and we thank them for their involvement.
e. Information for the Public
For those wishing to visit the cabins or drop by and see them outside of organized tour hours, contact information and further details are provided here.
Copyright Amelia Wallace Vernon. All rights reserved, 1998. Revised, 2011.