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Gullah Culture – Did You Know?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “I Have a Dream” speech among the Gullah community on St. Helena Island, SC.     The 1991 movie Daughters of the Dust, about three generations of Gullah women, was the first feature film directed by an African-American woman to have a general U.S. theatrical release. Photo: By Source,… Read More…

Hungarian Wines; For A Delicious Taste Of History.

By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery The Hungarian word for wine is bor, but one thing for certain is that with its fascinating history, unique growing conditions and range of flavors, Hungarian wine is anything but boring. Like all renowned European wine regions, around the fifth century AD, the Romans brought grapevines to the land known… Read More…

The Majestic Great Blue Heron

One of the many creatures you are sure to encounter in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is the Great Blue Heron. A Lowcountry treasure and a beautiful example of nature at her finest, this giant bird stands up to 39 inches high and is an illustrious predator. Often, these magnificent birds can be seen on the banks of… Read More…

Wonderful Wood Storks

By Kathleen McMenamin Vicars,  Master Naturalist Wood storks can be seen gracefully soaring over marshes or feeding in the shallows during low tide all over Bluffton. These large wading birds are the only breeding species of storks found in the United States. This once-endangered species is currently making a great comeback along the Southeast coast and especially in Beaufort… Read More…

Gullah Heritage History

In the late 1600’s, enslaved West Africans were brought to the Georgia and South Carolina sea islands to tend the rice and cotton fields. As the Emanciapation Proclamation brought freedom, many fled to Hilton Head Island and its Union Army outpost to start the first freedman’s village in the United States: Mitchelville. Many of the… Read More…