Showing posts from August 13, 2014

Finding your remote paradise: Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

Intriguing, romantic, mysterious, unspoiled these are words often used to describe Daufuskie, a remote two and one half by five mile island situated on the east Atlantic coast between Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Tybee Island, Georgia. Daufuskie's natural beauty and rich history have been the inspiration for many artist, writers and tourists. Without a bridge to the mainland, Daufuskie is accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat. Located at the southernmost tip of South Carolina, Hilton Head is its closest neighbor with travel time between the two ranging from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the location of the embarkation ports. Savannah, Georgia, another historic city, is located south of the island, approximately an hour away by water.     Visitors to Daufuskie won't find a traffic light, a bank, a drive-through restaurant, or a drugstore. Instead they encounter a magnificent display of n

Historic Frances Jones House Nears Completion

When summer strikes Daufuskie, visitors come from all over to see all the island has to offer. And this summer, tourists and islanders will have a new way to experience the island’s beautiful beaches and unique Gullah culture. The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, South Carolina’s statewide organization interested in protecting, preserving and advocating for our state’s historic structures, is launching its Daufuskie Endangered Places Program, which will introduce tourists to Gullah history and roots while preserving some of Daufuskie Island’s most significant home places. How does the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program work? Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation has partnered with descendants of original Gullah families who have owned these homes for generations. The Trust then leases the homes from the owners, rehabilitates the homes in a manner that respects the historic integrity of the structure, then rents the home to travelers who want to