What does freedom mean?

The Reconstruction era,1861-1900 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.

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Plan Your Visit

Learn about how to make the most of your visit to Reconstruction Era National Historical Park

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.

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Learn About the Park

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

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Reconstruction Era Network

Learn about the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network, a collection of sites associated with Reconstruction from across the nation.

Last updated: May 6, 2023

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706 Craven Street
Beaufort, SC 29902


(843) 962-0039

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