When the Sea Pines Resort founder Charles Fraser built the Harbour Town Lighthouse in 1970, the skeptical public nicknamed it “Fraser’s Folly.” Fraser’s folly soon became Fraser’s foresight. His red-and-white-striped lighthouse soon became the symbol of Hilton Head Island.
Thanks to the ingenious masonry methods used by 18th century Lowcountry builders, you can walk the ruins of a grand antebellum tabby mansion. The Stoney-Baynard Ruins tells the colorful story of Hilton Head Island and of the Stoney and Baynard families.
For a quick history lesson, be sure to drive or bike by any one of the area’s historic churches. Most of these churches served as places of worship for abandoned or freed slaves during and after the Civil War, and are still open every Sunday for services.
For the perfect day trip, you don’t have to look any farther than over the bridge from Hilton Head Island to find the quaint, historical town of Bluffton. It features a thriving art district, historical tours of antebellum homes and churches, and great antique shops.
A visit to the Lowcountry is not complete until you’ve experienced the “haints” of the South: Boo Hags and root doctors; Voodoo and grave robbers; pirates and Civil War soldiers. This is the stuff of Lowcountry legends, creepy tales, and goose bumps, both on land and at sea.
If you are curious about Daufuskie Island but want more flexibility than a guided tour, design your own day trip. Visiting Daufuskie can be a completely impromptu adventure, requiring nothing more than a few dollars, lots of curiosity, and time to spend.
Since its publication in 1994, John Berendt’s book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, or “The Book” as locals refer to it, has made a big impact on Savannah. Learn about this non-fiction depiction of the story’s places and players by joining a guided tour.
When visiting Beaufort, founded 300 years ago, you can’t help but be curious about its history. Why are all these beautiful antebellum homes still here? Who were the people who built them, what did they do, and what was it like to live that lifestyle?
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