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History

HISTORY

Bluffton and Hilton Head Island are steeped in rich history and a visit to the Lowcountry is a step back in time like no other. Did you know that Hilton Head Island was first spotted more than 350 years ago by William Hilton’s ship or that Bluffton was officially born in 1852? Both towns have fascinating backstories, and both played an important role in the Civil War and following years.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the amazing history, tales of the past and stunning architecture present in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Following are some resources to help you on your historical journey and lead you down some fascinating paths…

In Bluffton

Bluffton Walking Tour

Bluffton’s Historic District

Church of the Cross

Heyward House and Historical Center

Squire Pope Carriage House

On Hilton Head

Fort Howell

The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island

Historic Mitchelville

Heritage Library

Zion Chapel of Ease

On Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island Gullah Heritage Society