Hewn Timber Cabins

African-American Life in Rural South Carolina, 1840's to 1950's

African Americans were brought to the farm of J. Eli Gregg in 1836 to raise cotton. Additionally, they had to construct the farm buildings and cabins for their own housing. These two remaining cabins, along with six others, were built beside a sandy road in a cotton field.

After emancipation, most of the cabins were moved to scattered locations on the farm and small additions made. The cabins remained occupied until approximately 1953. These remaining two cabins were preserved, moved to their present location on Wallace Woods Road, just off of Highway 301, and permanently reside there to honor the heritage and contributions of those who occupied them. They are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tour the Hewn Timber Cabins at FMU

The cabins are open from March until November, with guided tours available by appointment Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each tour lasts about an hour. To schedule tour call 843-661-1300 or email hewntimbercabins@fmarion.edu.