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Daufuskie Island
April 2017
While on our trip to Savannah, we took a one day side trip to Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. It turned out to be the best part of the trip. Daufuskie is a small (8 square miles) island near Hilton Head Island. You must take a ferry to the island which is steeped in Civil War and Gullah cultural history. I suggest you head to Google to learn about the Gullah people. The island has few cars, so we rented a golf cart for the day and also took a guided tour by cart. Our guide was one of the 400 full-time residents of the island so she knew exactly what to show us and taught us quite a bit. The only part we couldn't visit was the northern end which is occupied by a gated community for the wealthy. They are the "haves" in the have/have not social structure on the island. The island was a fascinating way to spend the day. It's hard to believe we didn't know it even existed a few weeks earlier.

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06-001 Talmadge Memorial Bridge 06-002 Talmadge Memorial Bridge 06-004 Ferry Dock
Heading over the Talmadge Memorial Bridge out of Savannah toward South Carolina
Heading over the Talmadge Memorial Bridge out of Savannah toward South Carolina
At the ferry dock in Bluffton, SC ready to go to Daufuskie Island
06-005 Haig Point Pelican Ferry 06-007 Wake 06-008 Haig Point Lighthouse
Boarding our small ferry, the Haig Point Pelican
Pulling away from Bluffton on our way to Daufuskie Island
The Haig Point Lighthouse is on the end of Daufuskie that's a gated community so you can't visit it.
06-010 Pelican 06-011 Pelican 06-012 Pelican
A pelican on each post
A pelican on each post
A pelican on each post
06-013 Haig Point Pelican Ferry 06-014 Fire Department 06-015 Road
Getting off the ferry at Daufuskie Island.
The fire engines and ambulance are some of the very few motor vehicles on Daufuskie Island.
This is what passes for a major highway on Daufuskie Island.
06-017 Road 06-018 Lucy Bell's Cafe Sign 06-019 Lucy Bell's Cafe
This is more like what most roads on Daufuskie Island look like.
Lucy Bell's Cafe is a cute little cafe with fresh made food.
Lucy Bell's Cafe is a cute little cafe with fresh made food.
06-020 Golf Cart 06-022 Dog 06-023 Swordfish Sandwich
Our ride for the day on Daufuskie Island
This girl followed us to Lucy Bell's Cafe. Luckily the owner knew her.
The special at Lucy Bell's Cafe was a blackened swordfish sandwich. It was quite good!
06-024 Mom in Golfcart 06-025 Trees Burning in Dump 06-028 First Union African Baptist Church
My mother is learning to drive a golf cart.
We made a few wrong turns and got to see the island dump where they were still burning trees that were downed by storms.
The First Union African Baptist Church
06-029 Silver Dew Winery 06-031 Silver Dew Winery 06-034 Speed Limit Sign
The Silver Dew Winery is smaller than I expected
Inside the Silver Dew Winery
Golf cart speed limits are important on an island where there are about 100 times more carts than cars.
06-036 Mary Fields School (Daufuskie Blues) 06-037 Daufuskie Blues Sign 06-039 Indigo Dyed Scarves
The Mary Fields School is now home to Daufuskie Blues, an indigo dying company.
The Mary Fields School is now home to Daufuskie Blues, an indigo dying company.
Daufuskie Blues dies fabric with indigo.
06-042 Jane Hamilton School 06-045 Haig Point Sign 06-046 Horse
The Jane Hamilton School
Haig Point is the gated community at the north end of Daufuskie Island. Unfortunately, they prevent you from seeing the historic sites at their end of the island.
Passing by the stables
06-047 Egret Rookery 06-049 Egret Rookery 06-050 Egret Rookery
The egret rookery is quite a sight.
The egret rookery is quite a sight.
Not all of the birds at the egret rookery are egrets. These are wood storks.
06-051 Egret Rookery 06-052 Baby Alligator 06-053 Wood Stork
The egret rookery is quite a sight.
As we were looking at this baby alligator, the huge mother was just 10 feet away watching us! Our tour guide didn't think much of it. I was mildly concerned we'd be eaten!
Wood stork carrying some nest material
06-054 First Union African Baptist Church Interior 06-055 First Union African Baptist Church Praise House 06-056 Daufuskie Blues Products
Inside First Union African Baptist Church
Inside First Union African Baptist Church's praise house
Daufuskie Blues dies fabric with indigo.
06-057 Daufuskie Blues Dying Equipment 06-059 Frances Jones House 06-061 Frances Jones House
Daufuskie Blues dies fabric with indigo.
This house, the Frances Jones House, is actually where our tour guide lives.
This house, the Frances Jones House, is actually where our tour guide lives.
06-062 Moses Ficklin Cottage 06-064 Iron Fish Art 06-065 Iron Fish Art
The Moses Ficklin Cottage
At Iron Fish Art, Chase Allen sculpts metal
At Iron Fish Art, Chase Allen sculpts metal
06-066 Iron Fish Art Metal Crab 06-067 Old Oyster Factory 06-068 Gullah House
At Iron Fish Art, Chase Allen sculpts metal
The old oyster factory from Daufuskie Island's hey day as an oystering center
Gullah homes have blue trim to keep evil spirits away.
06-070 Carolina Marsh Tacky Horse 06-071 Carolina Marsh Tacky Horses 06-072 Egret
Carolina Marsh Tacky horses are a unique breed found only in this area.
Carolina Marsh Tacky horses are a unique breed found only in this area.
Just an egret hanging out on a dock
06-073 Pelicans 06-074 Haig Point Pelican Ferry 06-076 Harbour Town Lighthouse
More pelicans
Our ferry, the Haig Point Pelican, waits to take us back to the mainland.
The Harbour Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head Island
06-079 Lowcountry Backyard 06-080 Lowcountry Backyard 06-082 Lowcountry Backyard Musician
A Lowcountry Backyard is a really cool outdoor restaurant on Hilton Head Island
A Lowcountry Backyard is a really cool outdoor restaurant on Hilton Head Island
Live music at A Lowcountry Backyard on Hilton Head Island
06-083 Pimento Cheese Dip 06-084 Hushpuppies 06-085 Lowcountry Backyard Shrimp & Grits
Pimento cheese dip because you can't have too much pimento cheese.
Hushpuppies
We had shrimp and grits at several places in Savannah. A Lowcountry Backyard did it a little different with andouille.
06-086 Lowcountry Backyard 06-087 Swing 06-088 Slap Your Friends Sign
A Lowcountry Backyard is even cooler after dark.
You don't see games and a swing at many restaurants
Apparently slapping people is OK here. Nice!
06-089 Lowcountry Backyard
A Lowcountry Backyard is even cooler after dark.

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