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Bluffton in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse

 
 
The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 18, 2008
1. The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse Marker
Inscription. The name Barrel Landing (also spelled Barrell) comes from a nearby docking and landing area on the Okatie River initially used by early settlers of the Okatie community in the period following the Revolutionary War. Farmers and tradesmen used the landing to load produce packed in barrels aboard river craft to transport them to larger ports such as Beaufort, Savannah and Charleston

The original Barrel Landing School was built in the 1800s prior to the Civil War, but was destroyed by fire in the late 1800s. A new school was built and reportedly suffered damage from both a fire and a hurricane earlier this century. At one time, there were four one-room schoolhouses in the area - three along the historic roadway that is now S.C. 170. When a central school was built in the Town of Bluffton in 1919, the Barrel Landing School closed it's doors to students and was converted into a community center.

All official written records of the schoolhouses have been lost, but former students of the Okatie community recall many aspects of the old schoolhouse. Teachers often boarded with families and either walked or traveled by horse and buggy to get to school. Students in grades 1-8 sat at homemade tables and benches facing the teacher's large oak desk. A pot belly stove provided heat and wall lanterns were used since there was no electricity.
The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse Marker at left image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 2008
2. The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse Marker at left
A built in bench that circled the schoolroom on three sides still survives. A large wooden log served as the front steps for the school.
 
Erected 1995 by Sun City Hilton Head and Beaufort County Council.
 
Location. 32° 17.382′ N, 80° 56.383′ W. Marker is in Bluffton, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker can be reached from Okatie Highway (State Highway 170) near Okatie Center Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Okatie SC 29909, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Honor Of All Veterans (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Luke's Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bluffton, S.C. (approx. 5.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Michael C. Riley Schools (approx. 5.6 miles away); Bluffton United Methodist Church (approx. 6 miles away); Church of the Cross (approx. 6 miles away); Palmetto Bluff (approx. 6.6 miles away); a different marker also named Palmetto Bluff (approx. 6.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bluffton.
 
Regarding The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse. The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse and Community Center was restored during the spring of 1995 and officially dedicated on July 20,
The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse
1995. The dedication ceremony was heralded by the ringing of the Barrel Landing School bell by the great-grandchildren of former students.
 
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The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse Bell image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse Bell
The dedication ceremony was heralded by the ringing of the Barrel Landing School bell by the great-grandchildren of former students.
The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse as seen from Hwy SC 170 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. The Barrel Landing Schoolhouse as seen from Hwy SC 170
 
 
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