Ridgeland ~ Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Morris Center Lowcountry Heritage

The Morris Center mission is to cultivate community experiences through education, preservation, and celebration of the region’s rich history and culture.

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a non-profit organization with a goal of community engagement through educational programming and changing exhibits connected to the Lowcountry heritage.

The Center advances education and engagement initiatives that preserve the Lowcountry’s history and culture through programs, events, and exhibitions that inspire interest and evoke inquiry. The Trust creates a vibrant center where a wide diversity of people gather to explore and learn about the region`s distinctive sense of place.

Visit the Morris Center website to view the many exhibits, classes, summer camps, and events.

Ridgeland Day Trips

Ridgeland Day Trips

Ridgeland Day Trips

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Option 1 – Town Touralt

1. Ralph Tuten Memorial Park

(Off I-95 Exit 21) open 24 hours

Located directly off I-95, this is a great area to get out and stretch your legs. Then you can venture further onto the Blue Heron Nature trail.

alt2. Blue Heron Nature Center & Trail

open dawn to dusk

(Behind Ralph Tuten Memorial Park)

This nature trail circles a beautiful pond, then meanders through the woods. The nature center is home to a collection which represents lowcountry wildlife.

a935b10156537d26d1ae2886445051c43. Lunch at a local restaurant 

(See Visitors – Dining – Ridgeland)

Ridgeland has many restaurants representing different tastes: seafood, southern cooking, pizza, barbecue, Mexican, oriental…You name it, we have it.

4. Pauline Pratt Webel Museum
(843-726-8126, 403 Russell St)
open M-F, 9-5
The Pauline Pratt Webel Museum is located inside the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce building. This museum offers a wonderful eclectic collection of artifacts, prints and other items… from ancient Indian pottery & arrow points to Civil War memorabilia.

(843) 284-9227, 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd. (U.S. 17).
The center preserves the Lowcountry`s history and culture through projects, events and exhibitions that inspire interest and evoke inquiry. The center serves as a vibrant center where a wide diversity of people gather to explore and learn about the region`s distinctive sense of place.

Option 2 – Historic Church Tour


800px-old_house_plantation1. Thomas Heyward Burial Site and Cemetery

(See Visitors – Sites to See – Jasper County)
(Junction of Highways 462 & 336) open dawn to dusk 

Thomas Heyward Jr, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born and laid to rest here. A half-mile avenue of oaks leads visitors to the family burial plot. The state of South Carolina erected a monument and bust of Heyward in 1920. He was a  delegate in the Continental Congress. He was also a member of the SC Bar, a statesman, circuit court judge, and founder and first president of the Agricultural Society of SC. This location is a quiet and restful spot to picnic and roam.

holy-trinity-church-ridgeland2. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

( 2718 Bees Creek Rd)

This historic church was originally a chapel of ease before it became a separate congregation in 1835. The current structure was built in 1858, using the popular Carpenter Gothic Church architecture style. The wheel window, board & batten sheathing and buttressed bell tower are typical features of this style. The three-staged bell tower has an exterior entrance to a stairway that leads to what was once the slave gallery. It now houses the pipe organ.


church3. Euhaw Baptist Church

(2576 Bees Creek Rd)

The original Euhaw Baptist Church was built in 1860. Although it was burned in Sherman’s “March to the Sea”, the building was saved and restored. This Late-Victorian structure proudly displays a three-stepped bell tower and arched windows. Two round windows grace the front facade. The first floor exterior is made of board and batten sheathing, while fish scale shingles cover the second story. Much care has been taken of the structure. Worshippers now use an adjacent building for worship, saving the Victorian structure for special occasions.

alt4. Lunch at a local restaurant

If you’re looking for a casual cafe meal, Ridgeland has a restaurant for you!

5. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

(7488 W Main St)

This church, organized on 1890, is the oldest in Ridgeland, with its origins in several area Methodist congregations before the Civil War.  Its first sanctuary , a frame building, was built nearby in 1891. In 1927 the Gillisonville Methodist Church , organized in 1886, merged with St. Paul’s. The sanctuary, across the street from the original church site, was built in 1949 and was renovated in 1990.

6. Gillisonville Baptist Church

(10158 Grays Hwy)

This battle-scarred structure was erected around 1836 as a summer church for those moving away from the water to escape insects and fever. The Greek Revival church was used as a hospital during Sherman’s “March to the Sea”. Visible bullet holes can be found on the exterior walls. A Yankee Soldier etched on one of the communion plates which are still on display in the church. The Yankee soldiers burned everything else in the area but were surprised by the Confederate army and fled before burning the church. The church cemetery contains unmarked graves of men from both sides of the conflict.

Ridgeland Dining

Ridgeland Coffee

PJ’s Coffee
8026 East Main St, (843)726-8888

Ridgeland Breweries

River Dog Brewing Company
591 Browns Cove Rd N, Okatie

Ridgeland Dining

Alchile Mexican Grill
8084 E Main St, 843-726-4289

Duke’s BBQ
10190 S Jacob Smart Blvd, ( 843)726-6244

Eats & Sweets Bakery & Cafe
7752 W Main St, (843)645-0888

Fiddlers Seafood Restaurant
7738 W Main St, ( 843)726-6691

Pizza Bella on Main
8196 E Main St, (843)717-3111

Roxy’s Breakfast & Lunch
11382 N Jacob Smart Blvd, 843-717-2967

Taqueria Rocio
7715 W Main St, (843)726-8273

Ridgeland Accommodations

Ridgeland Accommodations

Hotels and Motels

Days Inn by Wyndham
8216 East Main Street, (843) 726-5553

OYO Hotel
8260 E Main St, (628) 239-4299

Quality Inn & Suites
221 James Taylor Rd
(843) 726-2121

Vacation & Rentals

Palm Key
330 Coosaw Way, Knowles Island
(843)726-6468 or (866)PALMKEY

Assisted Living Facility

Ridgeland Nursing Center
1516 Grays Hwy, (843) 726-5581

Ridgeland

Ridgeland

Blue Heron Nature Trail GazeboBlue Heron Nature Trail
321 Bailey Ln. (I-95, Exit 21) (843)726-7611
Allows visitors the opportunity for a short stroll or extended adventure. The trail bed is constructed of ground recycled South Carolina tires & encircles a beautiful three-acre lake. The site has several docks from which visitors can feed large fish, turtles & ducks, as well as an extensive butterfly garden & a boardwalk through native wetlands. Read our Blue Heron Nature Trail Blog.

Jasper County Courthouse
358 Third Ave.
The massive Jasper County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been the first and only center of county government since it was built in 1915. Ridgeland, the county seat, lies in the center of the county.

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd. (US 17)
(843) 284-9227
The Center advances education and engagement initiatives that preserve the Lowcountry`s history and culture through projects, events and exhibitions that inspire interest and evoke inquiry. The Trust creates a vibrant center where a wide diversity of people gather to explore and learn about the region`s distinctive sense of place.

Pauline Pratt Webel Museum & Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center
403 Russell St. (843)726-6544
Offers a wonderful eclectic collection of artifacts, prints and other items… from ancient Indian pottery & arrow points to Civil War memorabilia.

Pratt Memorial Library
451 Wilson St.
(843)726-7744
More than 200 portraits & maps relating to the Lowcountry, 250 rare books on area history & many Native American artifacts, mostly from Jasper County.

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