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Quick Fact Friday 2019-07-12
Posted on Jul 12th, 2019

In 1997, a historical marker was erected to commemorate the legacy and history of sweetgrass baskets and their makers. The marker was placed at the intersection of Hamlin Road and Highway 17 in the Seven Mile Section of Mount Pleasant, on the site of the first basket stand.  In 2006 Governor Jim Hodges designated the Sweetgrass Basket making art form as the SC Official Art Craft to further commemorate the importance of sweetgrass baskets to the culture of South Carolina.
With the largest percentage of the original sweetgrass basket makers living within Mount Pleasant and surrounding communities, Mount Pleasant is also known as the home of the Original Sweetgrass Basket Makers. A significant portion of Mount Pleasant Highway 17 has been designated by SC DOT as the Sweetgrass Basket Makers Highway.
Given this history, Mount Pleasant is proud to present the 15th Annual Sweetgrass Festival.  Offering free admission, entertainment, and activities, the Sweetgrass Festival provides an opportunity for local basket makers to showcase, promote, and market their sweetgrass merchandise to locals as well as cultural tourists from around the country. Additionally, the Sweetgrass Festival provides an opportunity for engagement, interaction, and exposure to the Gullah People's cultures.  Informative and interesting educational sessions will enlighten and entertain participants of all ages.
The event will be held on July 13, 2019 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront located at 99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.
For more information: 15th Annual Sweetgrass Basket website and History of Sweetgrass Baskets article
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