Heroes that are committed to the preservation of the Gullah culture.

Our Partners

The Town of Hilton Head Island

The First Freedman's Town est. 1862

The Mitchelville Preservation Project

At its height, Mitchelville boasted over 3,000 residents, but after the Union army left the area in 1868, the population began to decrease. Many residents began farming and engaging in local commerce to sustain themselves and the town would maintain until the end of the century. Eventually, the residents took apart their homes and moved inland towards the area of Squire Pope, Baynard and Chaplin. Even though the citizens of this important community moved on from the physical property, their connection to the town endures through their descendants and the impact of the first taste of African American independence. Mitchelville truly is: “Where Freedom Began.”

The Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park is a non-profit, self-sustaining organization dedicated to the preservation of historic Mitchelville. We hope you will join us in our mission to preserve and protect this powerful and important moment in American history. We encourage you to visit the site and experience Mitchelville for yourself.

Physical Address: 539 William Hilton Pkwy. Suite 134 Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Mailing Address:   PO Box 21758 Hilton Head Island, SC 29925

Park Address:   229 Beach City Rd Hilton Head Island, SC 29926


Authentic Gullah Tours

The Gullah Heritage Trail Tours

Join us for a 2hr tour through hidden paths of the subtropic traditional landscape of Hilton Head Island narrated by 4th Generation Gullah Family members.

Gullah Culture Defined
Gullah is the West African based system of traditions, customs, beliefs, art forms and family life that have survived centuries of slavery and more than a century of free lifestryle. Modern resort development began influencing the culture in the 1950s.

Tour Features
Please come with us for a pleasant two-hour narrated travel through hidden paths of the subtropic traditional landscape of Hilton Head Island. Fourth generation Gullah Family members who relate first hand stories of traditional food ways, family life and the Gullah language, will guide you.

At halfway point you will have a 15-20 minute rest stop at one of the Public Beach accesses allowing for a casual stroll over a boardwalk to view the Atlantic Ocean and refresh.

Tour Route

The tour route takes a scenic weave through ten family-based villages that have sustained themselves for more than a century, but are tempered by current resort developmental pressures.

Tour Highlights
• Gullah Family Compounds
• Old Dembarkation Point (used before the island’s connection to the mainland)

• Old One-room School House
• Plantation Tabby Ruins
• Historic Marker of First Freedom Village

Depart and Returning Points Discovery Museum of Hilton Head

70 Honey Horn Drive
(North end of the Island)

Time 10:00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

12:00 p.m.

Regular Tour Fares $32.00 Adults
$15.00 Children under 12

Phone: (843) 681-7066
email: tourinfo@gullaheritage.com


To revive, restore and preserve the Hilton Head Island Gullah history for the benefit of all – lest we forget

The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head

The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island is to revive, restore and preserve the Hilton Head Island Gullah history for the benefit of all – lest we forget

Since 2003, the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head, a 501(C)3 organization, has been committed to maintaining Gullah customs, traditions, language, stories, songs and structures on Hilton Head.
Through the generous support of individuals and institutions the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head has successfully preserved its first structure “The Little House” and completed a documentary – “ Hilton Head Island Back in the Day: Through the Eyes of the Gullah Elders”.
Both projects have served as community catalyst for the providing context and understanding of Gullah culture’s influence on Hilton Head Island.
Physical address:  12 Georgianna Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925

Mailing Address:   3 Farmers Club Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Call 843-681-3254 for more information and tours