Daufuskie Day Trips

Daufuskie Island Day Trips

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Daufuskie Island Day Trips

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Daufuskie Island is rich in Gullah history. A visit to the island is like stepping back in time. Read more here.

1. Ferry Boat Ride to Island
Haig Point Lighthouse(1)

(843)940-7704

Enjoy a 45 minute ferry ride to Daufuskie.

Since Daufuskie is an island without a bridge, you can only get here by passenger ferry or boat (no cars on the ferries).   Visit  the Daufuskie Island Ferry  website.   It runs 8 times a day on the same schedule every day, rain or shine. Limited ferry crossings are also available on holidays.

Whether you are just spending the day or staying a week, you will need land transportation to get around Daufuskie.  Renting a golf cart is the preferred method on the island.

alt2. Robert Kennedy Historic Trail walk –includes all historic sites of  the island

The Robert Kennedy Historic Trail winds its way around the island highlighting historically significant sites. Along the trail visitors will find the Billie Burn Museum, the Gullah Learning Center, tabby ruins, historic cemeteries & homes, and old logging railroad line. Read more here.

3. Lunch at a local restaurant 

The island has excellent seafood restaurant options for visitors.alt

Daufuskie Island Dining

Seasonal Hours – please call for more information

Daufuskie Island Coffee Houses

School Grounds Coffee Shop
203 School Rd, (919) 610-8808

Daufuskie Island Distilleries & Wineries

Daufuskie Island Rum Company
270 Haig Point Rd, (843)342-4786

Silver Dew Winery
Near Bloody Point Lighthouse, (843)432-8687

Daufuskie Island Dining

Lucy Bell’s
At the corner of Benjies and School Rd, (843)341-6477

Old Daufuskie Crab Company
256 Cooper River Landing Rd, (843)785-6652 

School Grounds Coffee Shop
203 School Rd, (919) 610-8808

 

Daufuskie Island Accommodations

Daufuskie Island Accommodations

Vacation & Property Rentals

Daufuskie Island Accommodations
13 Bow Cir, (843)785-8021

(404)414-1282
Daufuskie Rental Group offers premier cottages, villas, and houses on beautiful Daufuskie Island, SC. Our top-rated staff provide logistical assistance for getting here, and we delight in introducing visitors to our very special island.  

Freeport Marina
Cooper River Landing Rd, (843)785-8242

Daufuskie Island Tours

Daufuskie Island Tours

Seasonal Hours – Please call for more information

Daufuskie Island Gullah Heritage Society Tours with Sallie Ann Robinson
Melrose Dock, (843)686-2227
See and enjoy a Gullah Tour on Daufuskie through the eyes and memories of a sixth generation Gullah native, and one of Pat Conroy ‘s students when he taught on Daufuskie Island. Celebrity chef, television personality, and cookbook author Sallie Ann Robinson is renowned for her culinary expertise, entertaining presentations, and knowledge of Southeastern United States Gullah culture.

Freeport Marina & Calibogue Cruises
18 Simmons Road, (843)342-8687, (843)785-8242
The marina offers several types of tours ranging from narrated historic bus tours, self-guided golf cart tours to nature and dinner boat tours. Accessible only by boat, this tour takes visitors to the Island’s winery, church, plantation and lighthouse.
Golf carts available for self-guided tour.

Robert Kennedy Trail Self-Guided Tour
To experience the Gullah history of Daufuskie Island, follow the Robert Kennedy Trail. The trail maps out 20 historic landmarks that depict the Daufuskie Gullah way of life that has been present for so many generations.  Download the map or pick up a copy at the Billie Burn Museum, then set out and see history come to life.
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Tour Daufuskie Guided ToursDaufuskie Road
50 Melrose Landing Rd, (843)842-9449
Allow our local guides to take you through a back-in-time experience on a historic, quirky, rustic, under-developed and relatively unknown island. On this very popular guided History & Artisans tour, you will learn about the rich Gullah, American Indian, and Civil War history that makes this bridgeless island so significant.

Shopping in Daufuskie Island, SC

Shopping in Daufuskie Island, SC

Seasonal Hours  – Please call for more information

Daufuskie Blues Indigo Artisans
 209-221 School Rd,  (843)707-2664

Daufuskie Glass House
6 Billie Burn Ln, (325) 829-8881

Daufuskie Island Distillery
50 Freeport Marina Village Dr, (843)342-4786

Daufuskie Soap Company
228 Schoolhouse Rd, (843)247-1772

Freeport General Store Daufuskie Shopping 1
211 Cooper River Landing Rd
(843)785-8242

Iron Fish Gallery
168 Benjies Point Rd, (843)842-9448

Silver Dew Pottery
18 Green Cove Dr, (843)842-6419

Silver Dew Winery
18 Simmons Road, (843)432-8687

Explore Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is only thirty minutes from Hilton Head by boat, and an hour from Savannah, but it feels like you’re going back 100 years in time. Still sandy dirt roads reveal an island that is rich in history and nature with one of the most beautiful and fragile beaches on the East Coast. Discover Daufuskie Island’s Rich and Diverse History.

Native Americans lived on Daufuskie ten-thousand years ago leaving many artifacts that tell of their presence. Indians remained on Daufuskie until the 1800s.

The Spanish came to the Island in the 1500’s when Daufuskie was part of Florida bringing a building technique called “tabby” construction using oyster shells as a base. The Spaniards left a herd of sturdy small horses called “marsh tackys”.

Plantations were started in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s when England ruled South Carolina. For the most part, Daufuskie land grants were given to wealthy English families by the King of England. The early planters grew indigo, and later, long-staple sea island cotton. At the start of the Civil War, there were seven working plantations on Daufuskie Island, working many slaves.

Union forces captured Daufuskie in 1861. Thousands of troops were camped on Daufuskie during the Civil War until 1865. At the end of the War, Daufuskie was inhabited primarily by freed slaves. These residents, because of the isolation of the Island, kept a culture alive that would have disappeared decades ago. The culture is called “Gullah” and remains to this day on Daufuskie Island. The word “Gullah” may come from Angola, the African nation origin of many slaves.

In 1974 the famous motion picture, “Conrack”, was a story about Daufuskie Island based on the award-winning autobiographical book, The Water Is Wide, by Pat Conroy. This is a story which recounted Pat’s early days of teaching African-American children at the Island’s two-room schoolhouse in 1969. The school house is currently being used as a coffee shop and the Daufuskie Blues indigo dyeing studio and shop.

In 1984, Doctor Jack Scurry built the first Marina on Daufuskie Island. Soon after came the Haig Point and Melrose developments. With no airport or bridge on this isolated and beautiful island, Daufuskie is a rare gem that can be visited by private boats or public ferries.

Visitors travel paved roads in golf carts, watch the sun rise over the Atlantic from quaint beach cottages, or sprawling private homes. Outside the plantations, island residents travel dirt roads at a leisurely pace and enjoy the beauty of Daufuskie and a quiet lifestyle. There are memorable shops and restaurants on the island as well.

To get an idea about life on Daufuskie view Daufuskie Island Culture Video and Discover Daufuskie.

The Billie Burn Museum is located on Old Haig Point Rd. If you’re exploring Daufuskie Island, it’s always a good idea to start here. The museum is packed with artifacts and displays revealing the history of Daufuskie Island and its early inhabitants. Daufuskie Island Gullah are
descendants of slaves brought from West Africa to till the rice and cotton fields of the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry.  Following Emancipation, former slaves returned to live on Daufuskie Island  With no bridge to the mainland, the continued isolation allowed their unique way of life to remain relatively unchanged until the mid 20th century with the arrival of electricity and telephones. (843) 384-6363

The Daufuskie Community Farm and Artisan Village has devoted its energy to passionately advocating sustainable living on Daufuskie Island.  With the initial introduction of the community farm that attracted those desiring to have a hands-on way of producing food for their community, a growing desire has occurred to make a difference.  The local community has contributed to the planning, construction, and growth of this thriving work by expanding the farm from animals into gardens, orchards, and the new Artisan Village!

The Robert Kennedy Historic Trail walk includes all historic sites of the island and winds its way around the island highlighting historically significant sites. Along the trail visitors will find the Billie Burn Museum, the Gullah Learning Center, tabby ruins, historic cemeteries & homes, and old logging railroad line.

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