17. Horse Barn

Welcome to the Horse Barn which was built in the 1930s by Alfred Loomis and Landon Thorne. Inside there are six stalls, a tack room, and an upstairs groom’s apartment. During the 1930s and 40s, many of the horses were used for hunting expeditions by Honey Horn’s owners and their guests. But today, this barn houses two very spoiled horses; one marsh tacky and one quarter horse.  

Marsh Tackies are the official state heritage horse of South Carolina.  Descended from colonial Spanish horses, this breed was useful during the colonial period, plantation era and beyond for transportation and farm work. After the Civil War, most local Gullah families had a marsh tacky that would take them to church or school as well as help them plow their farms. Narrow chested and sure footed, these horses are preferred by many hunters still today. Their numbers had dwindled to around 100 individuals. Conservation efforts by the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association and others have brought this number up to well over 300 today. They were recognized officially as a breed in 2005 and in 2010 the South Carolina legislature designated them our official state heritage horse.  

If you’re visiting the barn during the day, our resident marsh tacky, Comet, and his barn mate Hawk are probably in the fenced pasture. Comet is owned by the museum. He is descended from Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie Island Tackies. Hawk is retired from the Heroes on Horseback program where he was a therapy horse for many years.