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General Information and Tours

Historical Significance

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these are the remaining two of eight cabins, circa 1836, that were built by African-Americans to house African-American slaves who were brought to this area to raise cotton. The quality of the woodcraft, especially the full-dovetailed corners, shows that the builders were skilled craftsmen who took great pride in their work.

Click on this link to access the full website dedicated to the Hewn- Timber Cabins.


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Guided Tours Available

The hewn timber cabins are open and available to the general public from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month from March 1 through November 15, weather permitting,   For school groups or other community groups to schedule a guided tour of the cabins, contact Karl McAlister at (843) 661-1311.

Sign Displays Help Tell Their Story

If you happen to visit the hewn timber houses when they are not open, signs outside each cabin provide visitors with a wealth of information and pictures.  Photos show the cabin interiors and artifacts, many of which have been donated by families who lived there.  Information provided on the signs provide small details--such as how Ms. Catherine made lye soap--and the broader view of slavery--such as where in Africa their ancestors may have originated. 

Visitors are encouraged to send their comments and evaluations of the signs to Karl McAlister or to the Florence Visitor's Center.  The signs are funded in part by the Humanities Council of South Carolina, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Campus Location

On the Francis Marion University campus, the hewn timber cabins are located on Wallace Woods Road, which is accessed from US 76/301 (East Palmetto Street), approximately six miles east of Florence.  The hewn timber cabins are circled in white on the left of the map.

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