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Christmas & New Year’s: Old Hilton Head Island Style

Christmas & New Year’s: Old Hilton Head Island Style

Until the late 1950’s, there was only one narrow paved road on the Island. However, there were many winding dirt roads canopied by moss draped live oak trees or bordered by fields of grass or crops. These dirt roads connected more than a dozen neighborhoods: Chaplin, Marshland, […]

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“Decoration Day” the Original Memorial Day

"Decoration Day" the Original Memorial Day

By David W. Blight Posted at the Zinn Education Project website with permission of the author from The First Decoration Day. The First Decoration Day Americans understand that Memorial Day, or “Decoration Day,” as my parents called it, has something to do with honoring the nation’s war […]

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Memories of Springtime Before the Bridge on We Island – Hilton Head Island S.C. 1950’s

Memories of Springtime Before the Bridge on We Island – Hilton Head Island S.C. 1950's

Post By: Mel Campbell – Tour Guide, Gullah Heritage Trail Tour, Retired High School Teacher During the span of years between 1865 when the American Civil War ended and 1956 when the first bridge connected Hilton Head Island to the mainland, its population was virtually exclusively Gullah […]

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20th Annual Gullah Celebration Weekend Events on Feb 27th & 28th

20th Annual Gullah Celebration Weekend Events on Feb 27th & 28th

This month is the official 20th Annual Gullah Celebration and we are estatic to be so involved! There is a month long schedule of events celebrating Gullah culture and tradition, which culminates with the Celebration of African American Authors on Saturday, February 27th and The American South’s […]

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Our 20th Anniversary Year: The History & Future of Gullah Heritage Trail Tours

Our 20th Anniversary Year: The History & Future of Gullah Heritage Trail Tours

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Gullah Heritage Trail tours and February is Gullah Celebration month! We are celebrating by sharing our company’s history and our goals for the future. Gullah Heritage Trail Tours was founded in 1996 by a Hilton Head Island Gullah Family Partnership. […]

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Traditional Gullah 4th of July on Hilton Head Island

Traditional Gullah 4th of July on Hilton Head Island

If one took a Gullah Heritage Trail Tour on Hilton Head Island between 1868 and the 1950’s, one would have experienced an entirely different 4th of July celebration from this one in 2014. Gullah families were virtually the only occupants on the Island and they anxiously awaited […]

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The History of Gullah: An Intriguing Culture of the Sea Islands

The History of Gullah: An Intriguing Culture of the Sea Islands

Deeply hidden in the bowels of the rapidly developing Southeastern coastal region of America, stretching from Wilmington, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, are the homelands of closed to half million descendants of Africans who have successfully maintained a lifestyle rooted in a culture called Gullah. The Gullah […]

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Tour Highlights

  • Gullah Family Compounds
  • Old Debarkation Point
  • Old One-room School House
  • Plantation Tabby Ruins
  • First Freedom Village Historic Marker

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