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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