The Best Things to See at the Pin Point Heritage Museum

Overlooking the banks of the Moon River marsh, the Pin Point Heritage Museum in Savannah, Georgia, gives guests the chance to experience the unique culture and history of the Gullah/Geechee people. The Gullah are descendants of enslaved Africans who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia and have a one-of-kind heritage that has played an important role in the South’s rich history. Just a 15-minute drive from the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, a trip to the Pin Point Heritage Museum is a must the next time you’re in Savannah! Here are some of the things you’ll find at the museum.

Spend a Day at the Pin Point Heritage Museum

History of the Pin Point Community

The 3,000-square foot museum pays homage to the tiny African-American community of Pin Point, a century-old settlement that was founded in the 1890s by first generation freedmen. The birthplace of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, this rural fishing community was centered around the A.S. Varn & Son Oyster Seafood Factory, where many residents once made a living canning oysters. The factory closed in 1985 and has since been reopened as the Pin Point Heritage Museum.

Exhibits & Events

The Pin Point Heritage Museum features a multitude of artwork, artifacts, and exhibits that honor the history of the community. Visitors can watch a half-hour introductory film, then take a self-guided tour and learn about Pin Point’s fishing, shrimping, and seafood processing economy. A variety of historic photographs showcase the factory and its employees, and oral recordings from local residents tell stories of their experience working in the seafood industry. The museum also regularly hosts live demonstrations on its outdoor pavilion, showing guests important Gullah skills like crab net making.

Hours & Admission

Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, the Pin Point Heritage Museum is a wonderful place to bring the whole family. Admission for adults is $8, and children ages 2-12 are $4. The museum is surrounded by beautiful scenery and is just a short drive from many other area attractions, including the Savannah Children’s Museum, the Georgia State Railroad Museum, and the Savannah History Museum. Be sure to check the calendar of events for upcoming programs and festivals taking place at our city’s wonderful museums.

Book Your Stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn!

Before you leave the Pin Point Heritage Museum, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for the perfect souvenir, then make your way back to our Savannah bed and breakfast! During your stay, you can learn more about the fascinating culture of the Gullah/Geechee by taking a tour that focuses on African American history. Right outside our doors, historic churches, museums, and more are just waiting to be discovered, so you can leave Savannah with a newfound love and appreciation for our historic city. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover at the Pin Point Heritage Museum!

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