Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week at the Historic Hutchinson House

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust was pleased to be the host site for this exciting evening on Thursday, August 5th from 6 PM – 8 PM, at the recently stabilized historic Hutchinson House property at 7666 Point of Pines Road on Edisto Island. The evening began with a libation ceremony and a ribbon cutting of the newly installed walking trail that meanders around the grounds of the property. 

Edisto Island Gullah/Geechee speakers and vendors:

  • Mrs. Theresa Hilliard, Gullah Storyteller
  • Mrs. Andrea Hazel, Gullah Artist
  • Mrs. Elaine Jackson Ford, Gullah Historian
  • Ms. Keya Meggett, Gullah Land Conservationist
  • Mrs. “MP” Meggett & Family, Gullah Chef

The mission of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is to preserve, protect, and promote our history, culture, language, and homeland and to institute and demand official recognition of the governance (minority) rights necessary to accomplish our mission to take care of our community through collective efforts which will provide a healthy environment, care for the well beings of each person, and economic empowerment.

The mission of The Edisto Island Open Land Trust is to preserve the rural quality of life on Edisto by protecting lands, waterways, scenic vistas, and heritage through conservation and education. Over 50% of Edisto Island has been protected through partnerships with local and national organizations and agencies.  These wildlife preserves, the educational nature programs, and the local landowners who take care of their conserved lands are all part of what makes Edisto…Edisto.

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