Caw Caw Interpretive Center – Ravenel, South Carolina

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A visit to Caw Caw Nature and History Interpretive Center in Ravenel lets guests explore a variety of habitats such as dry upland forest, old rice plantation fields, and cypress swamps. This area was once a home to several rice plantations and also to African slaves, who were able to create rice fields with their agricultural knowledge and skills.

Caw Caw Nature Center

Mark Cowell of Hanahan, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Beyond the different landscapes, there is a chance to touch a little-remembered piece of South Carolina history. The Caw Caw Interpretive Center offers educational programs ranging from pre-school to college level that feature important sites of the Stono Rebellion.

Caw Caw

Dennis Church of Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pausing under the giant, Spanish moss-draped live oaks, one can almost sense the ghosts of the men and women who joined the Stono Rebellion on September 9, 1739. Marching from farm to farm, nearly 100 rioting slaves killed 20-25 white people and burned several homes before they were stopped by a militia. Within a few hours a third of the slaves had been shot, and within a week the rest were caught and executed.

Caw Caw Ravenel

Dennis Church of Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

As a result of the rebellion, new laws were passed that forbade slaves to grow their own food, learn to read, assemble in groups, or earn their own money. This rebellion occurred more than 100 years before the Civil War. The human consequences of slavery have a longer history than many realize.

Caw Caw Cypress Swamp

Mark Cowell of Hanahan, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caw Caw Nature and Interpretive Center is owned and operated by Charleston County Parks and Recreation and hosts several nature classes along with its cultural programs.

Caw Caw Rice Field

Dennis Church of Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caw Caw Interpretive Center Info

Address: 5200 Savannah Highway (US 17), Ravenel, SC 29470

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