Exhibit highlighting Mitchelville's history, archaeological discoveries opens at Coastal Discovery Museum

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 30, 2014 

A new exhibition highlighting Mitchelville's history and recent archaeological discoveries is on display at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Mitchelville, which was founded in 1862 and was home to several thousand former slaves, was one of the first self-governed Freedmen's communities in the U.S.

Recent archeological discoveries include evidence of possible homes, several barrel wells, a large refuse pit, and more than 20,000 artifacts, including personal belongings, tools and household goods.

The exhibition will be on display in the museum's main gallery through March 31. Then, it will move into the Sea Island Room, where it will remain through December. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. It is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head. Details: 843-689-6767 or www.coastaldiscovery.org

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