Welcome to Historic Mitchelville: the first self-governed town of formerly enslaved people in the United States. Welcome to
Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park
Where Freedom Began
This experiment is to give you freedom, position, homes, your families, property, your own soil. It seems to me a better time is coming … a better day is dawning.” - General Ormsby Mitchel, Founder of Mitchelville Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park captures the energy of its former residents through interactive exhibits, programming, and tours. The Park is located on Hilton Head Island and is open for self-guided and private tours. From rare artifacts to rich oral history, come experience Mitchelville of the past, present, and future.

Upcoming Events

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park | June 15, 2025 Tickets Available at the Door!

Self- Guided Tours

Explore the park at your own pace and leisure. Informative signs and placards are placed around the park to guide your journey. Guided private tours are also available (by reservation only).

Events and Exhibitions

From the Praise House to the Bateau, the park features historical exhibits that will take you back in time, along with events, such as our annual Juneteenth Celebration, to celebrate the present and future.

Become a Citizen

Gain honorary citizenship to the Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (HMFP) by contributing to our efforts to keep the stories of our ancestors alive.

Hours of Operation

The park is open daily, from 6 AM to 9 PM. Discover the park through our tours, powerful events, or simply bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the beautiful coastline views.

Mitchelville In the News

Press Release | Announcing 2023 Film Festival

Media Contact: Courtney Young  Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park Phone: 843-255-7301 Email: cyoung@exploremitchelville.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2023 Historic Mitchelville Film Festival: Celebrating Black Creativity, Resilience, and Resistance through Cinema Hilton Head Island, October 5, 2023 – Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park is proud to present the highly anticipated 2023

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Introducing Our New Brand

Our journey has taken us from our humble beginnings as a dream of many. Today, we embark on a transformative path, embracing a new look while remaining rooted in our rich heritage.

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Scenes from the Park

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