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    History & Historic Places to Visit

    Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and the surrounding Lowcountry have a rich history. Local historical documentation begins at the time of Spanish and French settlement in the early 1500s and continues through the time of Native Americans, the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and the Gullah culture.

    Did you know Hilton Head Island is the home to the first self-governed, freed-slave community?

    Be sure to check out the links below and the historic trails throughout Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort. Many of the local historic sites are on the National Register of Historic Places and make for a great outing!


    Heritage Library
    History & Ancestry Research; classes, programs, and resources


    Hilton Head History References

    Island History Pathway Map

    Town of Hilton Head History

    History from HHI Chamber of Commerce

    History from

    Gullah History 

    Mitchelville Freedom Park

    The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head

    Gullah Heritage History Tours

      Coastal Discovery Museum
    Lectures, history forum, historical buildings, and events


    Bluffton History References

    Historic Bluffton Foundation

    Town of Bluffton History

    Bluffton Garvin-Garvy House

    History of Bluffton, SC:
    Selected Links & Materials

    Bluffton Walking Tour Map


    Beaufort History References

    Historic Beaufort Foundation

    History of Beaufort

    Tour of Historic Beaufort Homes