Critter Barn | History Of SC Slide Collection

The Works Progress Administration photographer who recorded this structure in the 1930s called it a "Critter Barn." Its design and execution clearly mark the African building influence upon it, even a century and a half after its builder's ancestors had left West Africa. The building is round in shape; the large palmetto fronds with which its roof is constructed provide an effective shelter from the hot sun and the rain, while the loosely woven walls allow any breeze to cool the interior.

Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.