Reconstruction Era National Historical Park

At the end of the Civil War, America was left with the challenge of integrating thousands of former slaves into society as free people. Many of these challenges were first explored in Beaufort because it was the first place in the United States that emancipated slaves and allowed them to vote and buy property, as well as create churches, schools, and businesses. Explore this issue with a visit to the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park in Beaufort, South Carolina. Congress solved part of the issue by quickly passing the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and setting up guidelines to readmit states that were part of the Confederacy to the United States. Many people grappled with what equal and free meant during the Reconstruction Era, which lasted from 1861 to 1900. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Reconstruction Era National Historical Park

The Reconstruction Era National Historical Park is divided into four distinct areas. Start your visit at the Old Beaufort Firehouse as it serves as the visitor center, and many guided walks start at this location. Explore Darrah Hall at Penn Center as it was one of the first schools set up for free slaves. Over 8,000 freed slaves took control of Brick Baptist Church after the Battle of Port Royal, and you will want to explore this site where white and black people worshipped together during the Civil War. Camp Saxton Site is where the Emancipation Proclamation was read at Port Royale, and you will want to explore this area and see the displays located there. 

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How To Get To Reconstruction Era National Historical Park

You can get from Savannah to Reconstruction Era National Historical Park in about 90 minutes. Start by getting on US 17 South. Take the US 21 South Ramp to Beaufort. Continue following US 21 to Beaufort. Get on US 21 Business by going straight. At the traffic circle, be sure to take the second exit. Turn right on Craven Street. Look to your left, and you will see the park. 

Address

Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, 706 Craven St, Beaufort, SC 29902 

Fee: Entry fee $0

Enjoy exploring South Carolina’s Lowcountry by bringing your RV to this region. Start your adventure at the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park. Take the guided tours at this park to learn about the issues facing America at the end of the Civil War. Spend some time thinking about freedom and what it means for everyone to be equal. Then, explore the surrounding area. There are lots of hiking trails through beautiful scenery to explore. You will also want to spend time exploring other attractions, shops, and dining spots. If you do not have an RV, renting one on RVshare.com is fast and convenient.