Captain William Hilton and the Founding of Hilton Head Island

The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Dwayne Pickett on September 25 at 2 p.m., for this Discovery Lecture, part of our Author Series and Booksigning. Behind the pristine beaches and world renown of Hilton Head Island lies a history that dates back to the early exploration of the nation. In 1663, William Hilton, a mariner born in England, was hired by a group in Barbados to find new lands for them to settle. Hilton led an exploration of the Port Royal Sound area, where he named Hilton Head Island as a navigational marker for future sailors. The Island began as a sparsely populated area on the fringe of English settlement in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, when it was called Trench’s Island on some maps. Author Dwayne W. Pickett details the life of Hilton, his exploration of the Carolinas coast and the founding of an iconic island.

Pickett is a professional archaeologist and has master’s degree in anthropology from the College of William & Mary, with a concentration in historical archaeology.

After the presentation, books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Cost is $7 for the presentation and the book will be additional. Reservations are required and may be made at 843-689-6767 ext. 223. The museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. coastaldiscovery.org.