Hilton Head Area Sea Islands
The Sea Islands are also rich with history. Slaves who sought refuge there after the Civil War lived in isolation for a almost a century until the bridges were built. This isolation helped the Gullahs, as they were called, preserve their language, culture, and daily way of life. Generations of farmers grew much of their own food, made baskets of sweetgrass, and attended one-room praise houses. Gullah is said to be of West African origin, meaning “the people are blessed."
Among the storied islands are Daufuskie, where Pat Conroy taught – and memorialized in his book The Water is Wide; Saint Helena, named by the Spanish and famous for Penn Center; Fripp Island, once a hunting ground of the Yamessee Indians and which, like Hilton Head Island, has been developed in recent decades; Edisto Island, once famous for its long-staple Sea Island cotton; and Hunting Island, once a hunting preserve and now a State Park with a famous lighthouse.
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