Seashore Farmers' Lodge

Charleston, South Carolina

Award Type: Honor Award

In the years after the Civil War, the Seashore Farmers' Lodge served as the community center of the South Carolina Lowcountry community of Sol Legare. Thanks to a true community effort, the Lodge has been restored and is once again central to the community, serving as a cultural center and museum.

In the years after the Civil War, the Seashore Farmers' Lodge served as the community center of the South Carolina Low Country community of Sol Legare. The wooden, two-story structure served as school, church, meeting place and emotional center for this thriving African American community. By the mid 2000s, it had a gaping hole in the center of the roof. 

Thanks to a true community effort, the Lodge has been restored and is once again central to the community, serving as a cultural center and museum, telling the story of African American soldiers who fought in the nearby Civil War and the vibrant black community that sprung up in their wake.