The bridgeless island with no cars, noise or stress. It’s not an escape from life, but a deeper immersion into it. And that’s the whole point!
So what & where is this island you have seen I’m so in-love with ?! Daufuskie Island! It’s located between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, an island 5 miles long and about 2.5 miles wide. Started in 1728 with a current Population of 430.
And no telling what natural wildlife you’ll see .. from black fox squirrels, eagles, armadillo, sea turtles, alligators and cranes. You’ll feel the unexplained energy and Island vibes as soon as your feet hit the soil. My love for this island and serenity is what has made it easy to sell, and so easy to work all my clients.
Daufuskie Island, located between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, is the southernmost inhabited sea island in South Carolina.
The island is 5 miles long by approx 2.5 miles wide. Much of Daufuskie’s land is undeveloped and roads are unpaved which gives the island its charact
Daufuskie Island, tucked between Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was inhabited by numerous native tribes until the early 1700's when they were driven away from their land by explorers, traders and settlers. While under British rule, plantations were developed, growing indigo and later Sea Island cotton. Slaves tilled the fields while plantation owners and their families spent much of the year away. The slaves' isolation provided the setting for the retention of their African culture.
Plantation owners and slaves fled the island at the start of the Civil War. Union troops then occupied the island. After the war freed slaves (Gullah people) returned to the island, purchasing small plots of land or working for landowners. The boll weevil destroyed the cotton fields in the early 1900's. Logging and the Maggioni Oyster Canning Factory provided jobs for the predominantly Gullah populated island at the turn of the 20th century. Oysters continued to be harvested and shucked on the island after the cannery closed and were shipped elsewhere for processing. Daufuskie Island oysters were sold world-wide. Life was hard, made more so by being cut off from the mainland. As a result, island residents created a caring, close-knit community, one crossing racial lines.
When pollution in the Savannah River closed the oyster beds in the 1950's, the island's economy declined. The Gullah began to leave the island for better opportunities. By the 1980's, the population of the island decreased from a high of around 2,000 to less than 60. At that time developers came to the island, and Haig Point, Melrose, Oakridge and Bloody Point were subsequently developed. The island's Historic District has retained its natural beauty. The entire island is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The history of Daufuskie Island is rich, diverse and fascinating. The fact that the island has no bridge to the mainland has allowed it to retain its Lowcountry mystique.
She’s about 400 years old. In Colonial Days, these trees were used to build ships. Around 1760, several ocean going ships over 200 tons were built here at Bloody Point, Daufauskie Island.
*to have an idea how massive this tree is, look at me in the center, how tiny she makes me look
South Carolina’s first winery and only island winery in the country. With 2500 bottles made per year, the tiny and historic Silver Dew Winery is located in an unassuming building that dates all the way back to 1883.
And still where they make the wine.
Mary Fields School which was made famous by Pat Conroy in his book, The Water Is Wide. It’s a two-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island that he and his wife Carol taught for nine years. It’s now “Schoolhouse Coffee”
First Union African Baptist Church on Daufuskie Island, built in 1884. One of the most simple and beautiful churches I have ever seen.
Barge Landing Road