History Museums and Lowcountry Points of Interest
While you are staying at your Hilton Head Vacation Rental and looking for things to do you can visit a local history museum points of interest.
Honey Horn Plantation on Hilton Head Island is the home to the Coastal Discovery Museum where you will find so many wonderful things to do, enjoy and explore. The Coastal Discovery museum is open year round and has both permanent and temporary exhibits for people of all ages. There is a even a Kids Zone for kids to interact with stations that teach them about ecology and the local wildlife. Renovated in 2008 the Coastal Discovery Museum is actually the remains of what was an old plantation on the island. Due to Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016 be sure and contact the museum directly for further questions.
Honey Horn Plantation is over 300 acres of open fields and walking trails and home to some of the oldest trees on the island dating back over 300 years. One of them is the oldest and largest Southern Red Cedar in the state dating back to 1595! There are many festivals and events that take place at Honey Horn which includes the annual Art Market at Historic Honey Horn usual held the last weekend of April and many others that attract people of all ages. Many of the festivals are very kid friendly.
Heritage Library – History and Ancestry Research Center
Explore the history of Hilton Head and the Lowcountry or come and explore your family roots. Researchers and genealogists use this great resource center and so can you when you come to Hilton Head for a visit.
The newest museum to celebrate and maintain the Gullah traditions, languages and customs on Hilton Head Island is “The Little House” Gullah Museum on Squire Pope Road.
Built around 1841 as a summer home for a local plantation owner the Cole Heyward House is the Gullah Museum in the heart of Old Town Bluffton. Start here at Bluffton’s official Welcome Center to learn more history and take a walking tour of the eight remaining homes antebellum as well as the eclectic shops and restaurants that make up the historic district.
Beaufort History Museum
Housed in The Arsenal near downtown Beaufort this museum is a good place to start to learn about the history of the Lowcountry. One of the exciting finds is all the brand new information they are constantly learning about the Santa Elena site at nearby Parris Island which makes this area’s development older than Jamestown, St. Augustine and even Plymouth.