Woodlawn History Center and Welcome Center for SERC Opens to the Public

July 12, 2022

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Welcome Center and History Exhibit! This is an outstanding new attraction that is well worth a visit! The Woodlawn History Center will be open to visitors every Saturday going forward, from 10am through 12:30pm. Visits are free and no advance signups are required.

Built in 1735, Woodlawn is the oldest Smithsonian building still in its original location. According to the site’s website, “For nearly two centuries, Woodlawn served as the plantation home of the Sellman family. Coming to America in indentured servitude, the Sellmans left a double-sided legacy as soldiers, innovators and slaveowners. Their descendants, who spread across the country, fought on both sides of the Civil War.” The artifacts on display in the exhibit were excavated by Citizen Scientists from SERC’s all-volunteer Environmental Archaeology Lab. Members of the local community were consulted in the development of the exhibits. The building has been beautifully restored to house this Welcome center for all to enjoy and learn about the site.

Read more here: https://sercblog.si.edu/woodlawn-house-unlocks-three-centuries-of-stories/