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Saturday 11 February 2023

Would you like to explore Gullah Neighborhood?

Hilton Head is an amazing place to be when you are planning a vacation. Especially, if you are interested to explore the culture and traditions of the Gullah Geechee Community, then this place has a lot to offer. Let’s find out more about the Gullah Family Compounds.

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a 12,000-mile-long federal National Heritage Area that was established by the U.S. Congress to honour the distinctive culture of the gullah family compounds. They historically lived in coastal regions and Sea Islands in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida — from Pender County in North Carolina to St. Johns County in Florida. There is no one location or national park inside The Corridor. The place contains numerous sites that are significant to the Gullah Geechee people.


Explore the Gullah Neighborhood


Grassland

For several Gullah families that produced a range of crops, large stretches of active farmland made Grassland one of the island's most major farming communities. Due to its proximity to the forts at Walker, Howell, and Mitchel on the island, Grassland played a crucial role during the Civil War. Nearly 1,500 Union soldiers, including almost 100 Colored Troop Soldiers who served on Hilton Head, were buried there by the Union Army as one of the island's inland settlements.

Gardner

The surname Gardner comes from one of the largest Gullah families on the island and is the name of one of only three ancient Gullah neighborhoods named after Gullah landowners. The largest landowner in Fish Haul and Mitchelville was March Gardner, a freedman who worked for a Union soldier and bought numerous sizable parcels of land. The Aiken family is among the many of his descendants who still call the property home today.

Jarvis-Jonesville

Jonesville was the location to find skilled craftsmen including shoemakers, carpenters, and wheelwrights among other types of businessmen and services. Caesar Jones, a former slave who bought just under 200 acres to care for his family and future heirs—some of whom still reside on the property today, he was the one who named this town.

Spanish Wells

Spanish Wells, which is named after Spanish explorers Charlie Simmons, who landed on Hilton Head to drill freshwater wells, served as the location of his Simmons Fishing Camp, where travelers from the mainland could stop before or after their voyage. The place is often visited by Hilton head tourists to explore the beauty of Gullah geechee culture.

Old House Creek


Old House Creek, which separates the Spanish Wells and Muddy Creek Plantations from Honey Horn, is situated along the tidal creek that runs east from Calibogue Sound and is one of the smallest and least well-known Gullah villages. Additionally, known as Muddy Creek and Sandy Creek in the area.

These are some of the most beautiful Gullah neighborhoods to explore. The gullah family compounds have so much to offer for the visitors, the beauty will definitely enchant you and your family.

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