According to archeologists, Daufuskie was inhabited at least 9,000 years ago. By the 1700s, American Indians were overrun by European inhabitants. The island’s Bloody Point marks the place where scores of Native Americans were massacred by the English. By 1800, hundreds of enslaved Africans worked on the island’s twelve cotton plantations. Many of their descendants live on Daufuskie today.
The island is only eight square miles in area and is just one mile from Hilton Head. Access to the island is provided by two ferry lines.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Daufuskie School House
The school is also named the Mary Field School, which is the setting for author Pat Conroy’s famous novel, “The Water is Wide.” It’s now a community meeting place and gift shop.
ACTIVITIES OF INTEREST
Daufuskie Island Historical and Cultural Tour
Take a fascinating tour of the island’s winery, church, plantation and lighthouse through its rustic, dirt roads. Or take a self-guided tour of this route on a golf cart. Call Calibogue Cruises at 843.342.8687 for schedule and fees.
Outside Hilton Head
Guided excursions to Daufuskie Island. Call 843.686.6996 for tour information.
This is one of the most pristine beaches on the east coast and the only public beach on the island
Silver Dew Pottery
Owned by long time islanders Bob and Emily Burn, the shop features Bob’s intricately designed serving bowls, coffee mugs, platters and other functional art. Bob, a self taught potter, is full of island history that he shares with visitors.
Daufuskie Island Deviled Crab
Make sure you try the famous deviled crab prepared by island natives and available at several restaurants.