- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) - Residents of Ridgeland are looking to the past to draw visitors to the community just off Interstate 95.

Work is underway to create a museum, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, in a 1937 gas station building, the Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (http://bit.ly/1T6PItm). Organizers plan to open the museum this summer. The project is funded by the trust of Ridgeland businessman Daniel Morris.

The first phase of the Morris Center includes the service center, which has been given a new rolling garage door, and the building directly behind it, which will include another exhibition area. Other phases will include using the nearby tobacco building for a possible artist’s space or small business.

A small awning has been added to the side of the service station, with plans for a bigger pavilion that could serve as a farmer’s market or other gathering place.

Efforts also are underway to preserve the nearby Honey Hill battlefield, a 70-acre site of one of the South’s last victories of the Civil War. At the battle, Union troops under William T. Sherman were turned back by a smaller, better positioned Confederate force.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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