This Tiny, Isolated South Carolina Village Is One Of The Last Of Its Kind

South Carolina is home to a traditional village (the only one if its kind in the U.S.) based on the culture of an African kingdom found in Nigeria. Founded in 1970 in lower South Carolina near Sheldon and Yemassee, it’s open for tours and often hosts events also worth checking out. At its population height (in the 1970s), it was home to as many as 250 people. Today, it’s estimated to be home to approximately nine families.

The only one of its kind in America, the African Kingdom of Oyotunji is found in lower South Carolina and accepts tourists every day of the year. You’ll find the entrance to the Kingdom of Oyotunji on US Highway 17 near Sheldon, South Carolina. Learn more about the Kingdom of Oyotunji from its official website, here.

For another little-known community to read about in South Carolina, check out this gypsy camp which is home to the largest population of Irish Travelers in the country!

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Address: Oyotunji African Village, 56 Bryant Ln, Seabrook, SC 29940, USA