Before the Europeans came, Amerindians celebrated on Hilton Head Island with seasonal oyster feasts. Later, planters made fortunes here with Sea Island cotton. But the island came alive to the guns of the Union in 1861 and, for seven years, was host to the troops who helped former slaves even before the Emancipation Proclamation made freedom official. The forces left, and the island slept. In the pages of this book are some of the people who kept the Gullah sea island culture alive, a self-sustaining culture of mutual help and integrity, living off the sea and the land. This volume also includes some of the people who set a standard for development and made the island what it is today, unique visionaries who had a fierce devotion to preservation of the island’s natural beauty, its flora, and its fauna.
About the Author
Barbara Muller, formerly Barbara Warren, fell in love not only with the island but with one of its residents and became a permanent resident herself. A frequent writer on historical subjects, she is now president of the Heritage Library Foundation of Hilton Head, a historical and genealogical resource center.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 In the Beginning 9
Chapter 2 The Start of Settlement 15
Chapter 3 Prospering Settlers 19
Chapter 4 The Civil War 25
Chapter 5 The Long Quiet 37
Chapter 6 Bringing the Necessities 47
Chapter 7 A Philosophy of Development 65
Chapter 8 Building the Good Life 77
Chapter 9 Giving Back 111