What does freedom mean?

The Reconstruction era,1861-1898 the historic period in which the United States grappled with the question of how to integrate millions of newly freed African Americans into social, political,economic,  and labor systems, was a time of significant transformation. The people, places, and events in Beaufort County, South Carolina, reflect on the most important issues of this tumultuous time period.

Large group of former slaves standing in front of cabins on Smith's Plantation in Beaufort, SC

An Unmet Promise

Beaufort, South Carolina and the surrounding Lowcountry played a crucial role in the development of the Reconstruction Era.

Darrah Hall, a meeting hall within the Penn School National Historic Landmark District

Learn About the Park

Learn more about the historic sites that make up Reconstruction Era National Monument and how to visit.

Learn about the Reconstruction Era and explore the history of Beaufort and the surrounding area.

Things to Do

Travel through the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry to make a deeper connection with the people and places of the Reconstruction era.