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The Oaks Plantation – Beaufort SC Wedding Venue

The Oaks Plantation – Beaufort SC Wedding Venue

If you are looking for a great wedding venue that provides both indoor and outdoor space in South Carolina, consider The Oaks Plantation. Built circa 1855 by John Jeremiah Theus Pope and Mary Frampton Townsend Pope, this Beaufort venue boasts 2.4 beautiful acres of moss-draped oaks, marshes and inland waterways, complete with a historic plantation house, private dock, and pool. The plantation resides on St. Helena Island, just five miles from the historic district of Beaufort and within close proximity to Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Charleston. The Oaks Plantation is available for both small and large events, for daily as well as weekend rental. Venue rates are based on personalized events, with “grounds only” or “grounds and porches” packages available depending on the details of your event.

The island of St. Helena is best known for its historic connection to the Gullah culture and language. Properly called “Sea Island Creole,” the Gullah language contains many African loanwords as well as grammar and sentence structure influenced by African languages. St. Helena Island is home to Penn Center, one of the nation’s first schools for freed slaves, which was built when the Oaks Plantation house could no longer accommodate the growing student population within its own walls. Penn School was opened in 1862 and has since become a part of the Penn School Historic District.

The Oaks Plantation was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. In addition to the role it played in establishing Penn School, the plantation also became occupied by the Union during the Civil War in 1861. In fact, the plantation house became military headquarters because it was the first plantation to be reached on the island by boat from Beaufort. The plantation house has also served as a hotel for military personnel from Port Royal, superintendents and teachers.

Parking at this venue is off-street, so consider making shuttle arrangements for your wedding event, especially if you have disabled guests. Tours of The Oaks Plantation are by reservation only. For more information on this versatile and historic venue, please visit www.theoaksplantationsc.com and fill out the online form. You may also e-mail event@theoaksplantationsc.com or call 843-441-0100 to speak with someone directly.

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