"Dusky Daufuskie, an island apart from time" Daufuskie Island by catalysta

Daufuskie Island Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 15 photos

Inexorable Change

I remember when I lived on Lummi Island in Washington state, rumors would surface now & again that a bridge was going to be built. That always got the developers slavering, but we islanders were adamantly opposed. Why destroy the very separation that made our island unique?

Daufuskie Island has somehow avoided the bridge builders thus far, despite its proximity to Savannah, GA & the Hilton Head Island resorts in South Carolina. But it is on the cusp of the change as I write, with a few beach condominiums and a new gated community with golf course all slowly making their mark.

This is a last vestige of antebellum history, refuge for generations of runaway slaves who made their livings fishing till the pollution from Savannah destroyed most of the fisheries. Yet some clung to the land, eking out an existence quietly apart from time. Pat Conroy, one of our greatest contemporary American authors, wrote of his experiences teaching in the black school in his book The Water Is Wide. Children in the school had never left the island, and had no idea what lay in the outside world till he took them out to see it. They have an abiding love for their teacher "Conrak", as he still has for them.

Attitude Adjustment Boulevard

I'd rlike to see the newcomers slowly get absorbed into the Low Country ways of the old islanders...Imagine moss growing on the rooftops of their million dollar condos and gators in their swimming pools, while the gnats wait to make lunch out of a few golfers.

Hey, it could happen!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:No bridge, few tourists, laid back charm
  • Cons:New gated golfing community - they just don't get it!
  • In a nutshell:A true slice of the old Low Country
  • Last visit to Daufuskie Island: May 2005
  • Intro Written May 18, 2005
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2005 at 8:57 AM

    That is what Lummi needs too ... a gated golfing community, with a marina for the people from Redmond to get 'away' for the weekend too ;-\

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2005 at 7:53 PM

    Vote intro est superbe & tres interessant mon belle chat! I eagerly await more info. A Bientot, votre aussiesurfchien.

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