"Quiet, Peaceful and Isolated Daufuskie" Daufuskie Island by XanderDone

Daufuskie Island Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 15 photos

No, I don't own property here

For those history buffs reading this, you will probably enjoy this tidbit of information I am about to reveal. Back in the antebellum days, when the US government freed all the slaves and said they could leave (but they really couldn't since the South seceeded), these islands were swampy and inhospitable at the time. As the Union pillaged Georgia in Sherman's March, the slaves suddenly had nowhere to run to, so they all got together by the shorelines of Georgia and South Carolina and settled in the little islands offshore. Here, they formed their own culture, the Gullah culture. Daufuskie was a Gullah Island that was bought out by wealthy people in search of a private shoreline property. Almost all the Gullah Islands are falling to the same fate now, and the Gullah culture is disappearing very quickly.

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  • Pros:Low pollution levels; no cars allowed
  • Cons:Detached from culture and society
  • In a nutshell:Unless you know someone who lives here, don't go
  • Last visit to Daufuskie Island: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 22, 2005
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