From the Pee Dee to the Savannah

Art and Material Culture of South Carolina’s Fall Line Region

Sept. 26, 2009 - March 21, 2010 NOW CLOSED
The stories told by artifacts left to posterity by citizens of South Carolina’s fall line region is celebrated in the South Carolina State Museum’s new exhibit From the Pee Dee to the Savannah: Art and Material Culture of South Carolina’s Fall Line Region.
The fall line is a geographic region in South Carolina where the rivers are no longer navigable from the Lowcountry.   Throughout the state’s history, the fall line, which stretches from Cheraw on the Pee Dee River to Hamburg (present day North Augusta) on the Savannah River, yielded material culture that was characteristic of its people.
Artifacts from the region include decorative and fine arts such as furniture, paintings, textiles (quilts, samplers, coverlets, etc.), pottery, silver, weapons, architecture and other objects that were made, sold, and used by individuals from the fall line region.
The exhibit is a product of the South Carolina Fall Line Consortium, which includes the State Museum, the Historic Columbia Foundation, McKissick Museum, the South Caroliniana Library, the Columbia Museum of Art, the S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, the Lexington County Museum, the S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, the University of South Carolina Public History Program and the S.C. Digital Library.  It is the first major exhibition to showcase the stories and artifacts of this previously understudied and underappreciated area of the Palmetto State.