Explore our Island History
Hilton Head is quickly gaining recognition for its unique, fascinating, and largely untold historical sites and stories. Rich in Gullah roots, the lowcountry played a significant role in the history of the Civil War and slavery. Spend a little time learning about our heritage!
Gullah Heritage Hilton Head Island Tour
|70 Honey Horn Drive Hilton Head Island, SC
Legacy History Tours
|Learn the many secrets of Hilton Head`s impactful history and the fascinating stories that reveal it.
Gullah Hilton Head Island
|Discovery is a big theme on Hilton Head Island and this small local museum specializes in outdoor education.
Learn how to weave a sweetgrass basket, sea turtle exploration tours, history walks and nature tours.
|Founded in 1862, Mitchellville is the site of the largest community of freed slaves in the south. Today, descendants of Mitchelville are committed to preservation of the area Among their goals are to create permanent replicas of the original structures and educational resources exlaining the significance of this historic site on the island.
|229 Beach City Rd Hilton Head
|Penn Center is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. It is the site of the former Penn School, one of the country`s first schools for formerly enslaved individuals.
|16 Penn Center Circle West St. Helena Island
Paris Island Museum
|Explore the long and rich legacy of the United States Marine Corps as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Thousands of artifacts, images, and other materials illustrate the varied stories within the exhibit galleries from Native American to modern Marines.
Heyward House Museum
|Built by enslaved people in 1841, The Heyward House serves as the official Welcome Center for Historic Bluffton.
|70 Boundary St, Bluffton, SC 29910
|Recently renovated , this amazing Lighthouse offers spectacular views, unique art and books, rare historical artifacts from Lowcountry areas and more. The lighthouse is located at the northern tip of Sea Pines and is home to the Official Coast guard Museum exhibit. Come see examples of Coast Guard missions as well as a 16 foot replica of the "Eagle", the 295 foot cutter that serves as a seagoing classroom to coast guard cadets.
Open daily from 10 to sunset
Children 5 and under are free