Daufuskie Island.
Remote, bucolic. A special place surrounded by water. Every day the waters of the ocean, the sound and the river lap at the shores of Daufuskie Island. The water is intimately intertwined with the story of Daufuskie, it’s past and it’s present. You’ve traveled across the water to get to this island. You’ve left behind the sound of traffic and alarms and phones ringing. Now you are removed from the every day, the ordinary, the measurement of time on a clock. You’ve arrived on this gem of the coast. This precious little sea island. Listen for the whistle of the breeze through the palmettos, the symphony of tree frogs at dusk, long-necked birds calling out for a mate. Now, discover the hidden treasures of Daufuskie Island as you tour the island, by golf cart, with an interpretive historian from Outside Daufuskie. The sights are memorable, the stories unforgettable. We can make Daufuskie come alive for you.

Just over 5 miles long and 2 miles wide, Daufuskie Island is the southern most island in South Carolina and lies just south of Hilton Head Island. Tybee Island and Savannah Georgia are to her southwest. The Atlantic Ocean borders the island to the south, the Calibogue Sound to the east and the Cooper and New rivers to her west.


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Island History
. Native Americans settlements date back several thousands of years. Tribes, including the Yemassee, farmed and fished on and around Daufuskie successfully until European settlers begin arriving in the early 1700”s. Recurring struggles between the tribes and settlers culminated in the 28 year long “Yemassee Wars’, with the natives being totally eradicated from Daufuskie Island.

For the next century and a half, planting families on Daufuskie Island are parceling the land to establish their plantations. Sea island cotton - worth nearly ten times that of any other fiber available - was the cash crop of the sea island plantations and remained so for nearly 100 years until the early 1880's when the first shots of the 'War of Northern Aggression' were fired in Charleston, SC. The days of cotton and plantations ends.

Depressed for many years after the war, by the turn of the century oystering became the center of a rather robust coastal economy for the Gullah living on 'Fuskie Island. But that, too, came to an end by the mid 1950's.

Today, Daufuskie Island's historic and artisans community reflects much of the old time charm along with a typically southern relaxed atmosphere of the bygone days. Among the fascinating places remaining in the historic district; the First Union African Baptist Church (built in 1881), the Praise House, the Mary Fields school (memorialized in author Pat Conroy's novel The Water is Wide, the white school and the site of the 19th century Bloody Point Lighthouse. The district also includes some very distinctive artisan studios and galleries.

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