Daufuskie Island: Travel Back in Time

Without a bridge to the mainland, freed slaves and their descendants have shaped Daufuskie Island since the end of the Civil War. Their strong and unique Gullah culture was deeply influenced by their African heritage and remained largely isolated until the 1970s. The island had no electricity or telephone service until the 1950s, and oysters and cotton drove the economy — though today, tourism has become the most important source of income.

But Daufuskie’s history starts long before Africans and Europeans arrived. The word “Daufuskie” comes from the language of Muscogee Indians and means “sharp feather,” describing the island’s distinctive shape. Artifacts and piles of ancient oyster shells left over from that time date back more than 9,000 years.



blufftonBluffton began as a native american enclave where tribes would fish and collect oysters, trading them along the May River. Later, it became a retreat for wealthy cotton, indigo and rice plantation owners who enjoyed the river breezes from the town’s bluff. Hence its name, Bluffton. That life revolving around gentle breezes continues today, earning the town the designation of “one of the last true Southern coastal villages.”


Getting To Daufuskie Just Got Easier

Getting-To-DaufuskieNew ferry service offers four round-trip rides each day

Getting to and from Daufuskie Island takes some patience and planning if you don’t have your own boat.

But a new contract between Beaufort County, a private Daufuskie community and a Hilton Head Island marina should make it easier to hitch a ride across Calibogue Sound.



Only a few miles from Hilton Head Island, Bluffton holds it’s own with Southern charm and picturesque views right on the banks of the May River. The Huffingto Post named Bluffton the “No. 1 Top Amazing Non-Beach Getaway” and the Wall Street Journal featured Bluffton as a “must stop” and had a three page feature on restaurants in the Bluffton-Hilton Head area.

The town of Bluffton has developed immensely and become a must-see destination in the South. Bluffton is an eccentric town and is filled with history, scenic views and great dining and shopping sure to have something for everyone.


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