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South Carolina history has seen it all - colonists from three different countries, historic struggles between nations and within a nation, the rise of the agrarian south, the fall of slavery and so much more. Native Americans, English, Spanish, and French colonists, pirates, African-Americans, and soldiers - all part of South Carolina history - have all left their footprints on the sands of South Carolina's Treasured Coast.

Evidence of early Hilton Head, South Carolina history dates to 1450 B.C. with The Indian Shell Ring in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site proves that the oyster has been a staple in Lowcountry cuisine for a very long time. In 1663, Sir William Hilton lent his name to the island while searching for the entrance to Port Royal. His glowing report of the ideal farming conditions promoted British colonization.

Beaufort, South Carolina history began with its discovery by the Spanish in 1514 and its charter by the British in 1711. The city enjoyed great prosperity as indigo, cotton, and rice plantations thrived prior to the Civil War. Today, beautiful historic buildings acknowledge Beaufort's graceful past.

Daufuskie Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, and Hilton Head have all played important roles in American history - from the American Revolution through the Civil War and the Reconstruction. And, the Gullah culture and language is a living legacy of African-American history in our region. Many tours are available to enlighten those interested the rich South Carolina history of the Lowcountry.

Travel and Accommodations

All travel and accommodations are at the expense of the attendee. The Festival will not reimburse the cost of hotel, airfare, mileage, or other modes of travel. The Festival will be held in Beaufort, SC . Beaufort is supported by the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, GA ( about a 1 hour drive to Beaufort) and the Charleston International Airport in Charleston, SC (a little less than 2 hours from Beaufort)

Beaufort Hotels - Beaufort hotels are known for their trademark hospitality including picturesque beachfront views and easy accessibility to area attractions. From antebellum bed and breakfasts and waterfront villas to camp sites and popular motel chains, the variety of Beaufort hotels make them a popular choice for area visitors.


For more information about places to go and things to do, visit the Beaufort /Port Royal CVB

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