Start your visit to the historic Honey Horn property in the Discovery House. The Discovery House is the oldest building on the property dating back to 1859. This structure houses both permanent exhibits and one of kind temporary exhibitions that focus on the South Carolina Lowcountry’s natural history and cultural heritage. There is also a Museum Gift Shop, The Kids’ Zone (a children’s learning space) and a community meeting room.
The Supervisor’s House is second oldest structure on site. Construction of the building was started just before the turn of the 20th century by William Clyde, the owner of Honey Horn at that time. The house was occupied by the property’s supervisor, J. E. Lawrence and his family. Stabilized and raised out of the flood plain, this building was renovated and opened as the Discovery Lab in the fall of 2016. Currently it is used for educational programming, classes, family activities, and more!
The “Hack Family Equipment Shed,” better known as the Pole Barn, was built in the early 1950s to store farming and timber equipment. As you step up to the structure you will find remnants of that era including a hay baler that has a tree grown around it. The surprise ‘artifact’ here is the 400 pound cowling of an Atlas V rocket that washed up on a Hilton Head beach in 2010! Learn about its payload from the interpretive label in this building.
The Horse Barn was one of many buildings added by Honey Horn owners Landon K. Thorne and Alfred Lee Loomis in the 1930s. The Coastal Discovery Museum renovated the structure in 2008 and it became the onsite stable for Marsh Tacky horses in 2010. Currently there is one Marsh Tacky horse named Comet stabled at the barn in the evening. Hawk is also housed in the barn. He is retired from Heroes on Horseback, a local equine therapy organization. The Marsh Tacky Horse is the South Carolina State Heritage Horse. Look for Comet out in the nearby pasture during the day.