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

Gullah Heritage Hilton Head Island Tour

Location: 70 Honey Horn Drive Hilton Head Island, SC
Phone: 843-681-7066
Legacy History Tours

Legacy History Tours

Learn the many secrets of Hilton Headís impactful history and the fascinating stories that reveal it.
Phone: 843-422-3842
Gullah Hilton Head Island

Gullah Hilton Head Island

Phone: 843-785-3673
Toll Free: 800-523-3373
Coastal Discovery Museum

Coastal Discovery Museum

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.
Mitchelville Freedom Park

Mitchelville Freedom Park

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.
Location: 229 Beach City Rd Hilton Head
Phone: 843-255-7301
Penn Center

Penn Center

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.
Location: 16 Penn Center Circle West St. Helena Island
Phone: 843-838-2474
Paris Island Museum

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.
Phone: 843-228-2951