Our Past Programs
Hosting events is one of our favorite things to do on the farm. Our programs are opportunities to teach the history of the Beaufort District, the Gullah Geechee Heritage Trail, our great Palmetto State, and our Nation. We began hosting small campfire suppers for camping guests who wanted to learn about the Gullah culture, taste our food and hear our stories and songs. Mr. Robert Middleton would come to sit around the campfire with us and the campers and we would join in the storytelling and singing of our Gullah history and culture. As we shared about it in farm newsletters its popularity grew and we were asked if we could do these same suppers for folks who weren’t camping but wanted to enjoy the experience.
Our first public Gullah Campfire Supper with Stories and Songs event featured our friend, neighbor and community elder, Mr. Robert Middleton to a larger audience. He is a local historian, author, tour guide and served as a docent at the York W. Bailey Museum on the historic Penn Center campus for 20+ years. On occasions he makes return appearances to showcase his book and add to what our featured guest speaker may share.
Gullah Campfire Supper with Stories and Songs
This program was in February to celebrate Black History Month. Mr. Robert Middleton was our guest speaker.
Women's History Month
During this program we celebrated the life's work of four women from our past, Susie King Taylor, Charlotte Forten Grimke', Clara Barton, and Harriet Tubman. We also had a local present day presenter, Sara' Reynolds Green speak about her work in the community.
Decoration Day Celebration
We celebrate Decoration Day, a.k.a. Memorial Day, each year recognizing the United States Colored Troops that are buried in nearby Coffin Point Cemetery and the National Cemetery in Beaufort. We also have guest speakers who share about the accomplishments of Black service members like the late Robert Smalls, and groups like the Montfort Point Marines.
Decoration Day Group Photo
A group of attendees at the Coffin Point Cemetery.
Additional programs and events held on the farm.
Our Gullah Campfire Suppers with Stories and Song events have become annual occasions that usually begin in January or February and continue through May. Our summer programs and classes include gardening , raising backyard poultry, beekeeping and mushroom growing.