The Coastal Discovery Museum
Founded in 1985, the Coastal Discovery Museum made a giant leap forward in the Fall 2007 when it opened the facility at Honey Horn. A Town of Hilton Head Island property, Honey Horn is home to several of Hilton Head Island’s oldest buildings. Since our grand opening, the Museum has expanded its offerings of programs, doubled the number of students that participate in Museum programs, and hosted dozens of special events and festivals.
The Frampton Plantation House
The “Frampton House” property was part of an original King’s Grant to the Frampton family in the 1700s. In 1868, John Edward Frampton rebuilt the present Lowcountry farmhouse after General Sherman’s troops burnt the original house during the Civil War. John Edward was a Captain in the Whippy Swamp Guard for the Prince William Parish and a signer of the Order of Secession.
The Heritage Library
The Heritage Library on Hilton Head Island is an all-volunteer non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. The Foundation has two departments, Ancestry and History. The Ancestry Department maintains the genealogy library which consists of approximately 4000 books related to genealogy, and several subscription databases available to our patrons. Our History Department researches, documents, and presents the history of Hilton Head and the Lowcountry. The library has been listed by USA Today as one of the “10 Best Places to Research your Family,” and has been awarded the 2013 Organization of the Year by the Hilton Head Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
The Heyward House
The Heyward house is a historic house museum that opened to the public in 1998. The house dates back to 1841 and is an example of the lowcountry farmhouse style. Tours of the house are offered daily and walking tours of the town by appointment. The Heyward House is also home to the Bluffton Welcome Center, so we offer maps and other information about the Historic Bluffton area.
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Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island State Park is one of the most popular state parks and beach areas in South Carolina. The Hunting Island beach attracts over a million visitors a year. The Hunting Island historic lighthouse is the only lighthouse open to the public to climb in the state. From the top platform, one can get a breathtaking view of the ocean, beach and the marshland. Nature trails, Visitor Center, natural beach and even a boat landing.. Hunting Island State Park is not just another beach, it’s a nature and wildlife paradise.


The Port Royal Sound Foundation
The mission of The Port Royal Sound Foundation is to advance the awareness of Port Royal Sound and its contributions to the environmental, cultural, and economic well-being of our area, the region, and the Atlantic Ocean. The Foundation’s Maritime Center, located on Lemon Island in Okatie SC, houses multiple maritime exhibits and interactive displays. The Port Royal Sound Maritime Center also has a wide variety of programs for people to participate in ranging from Birding for Beginners to Eco Boat Excursions.

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The Santa Elena Foundation
The mission of the Santa Elena Foundation is the discovery, preservation, and promotion of the “Lost Century” of European colonization through the international story of Santa Elena, the 16th Century la Florida settlement that became the colonial Spanish capital in present-day United States. The foundation is dedicated to sharing the story of Santa Elena with South Carolinians and the world. To allow people to experience its rich history in the area where its history began, an interpretive center showcasing Santa Elena, is scheduled to open this year in Beaufort, SC.
The Beaufort History Museum
The Beaufort History Museum traces its roots to July 20, 1939, when its constitution was approved at a meeting of the original board of trustees. The state of South Carolina then chartered the museum as a nonprofit organization. The museum was formed “to increase and diffuse knowledge by the maintenance of a general museum and library of art, science, history and industry; the preservation and protection of objects and places of artistic, historic or scientific interest; and by furnishing instruction and recreation


The Lowcountry Revolutionary War Trail
While planning the first phase of the Trail, Lowcountry Council of Government staffers felt like successful detectives when they found a copy of a diary at the South Carolina Historical Society. It had been kept by a New Jersey physician who had traveled with British troops as they crossed the Lowcountry from Savannah to Charleston in 1780. Dr. Uzal Johnson’s route through the area formed the basis of Phase One. Visitors can now take this journey that took the British soldiers more than a week; they stopped to fight American troops along the way.

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Mitchelville Freedom Park
Mitchelville’s mission is to replicate, preserve, and sustain an historically significant site and to educate the public about the sacrifice, resilience and perseverance of the freedmen of Mitchelville and to share the story of how these brave men and women planted strong and enduring familial roots for generations of future African-Americans.Set against the natural backdrop of Hilton Head Island, The Mitchelville Preservation Project will become the Lowcountry’s jewel Civil War attraction.

Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage

Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage
The Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage’s mission is to cultivate community experiences through education, preservation and celebration of the region’s rich history and culture. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, is a non-profit organization with a goal of community engagement through educational …programing and changing exhibits connected to the Lowcountry heritage. The Center advances education and engagement initiatives that preserve the lowcountry’s history and culture through projects, events and exhibitions that inspire interest and evoke inquiry. The Trust creates a vibrant center where a wide diversity of people gather to explore and learn about the region’s distinctive sense of place.

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Penn Center
Penn Center was founded as Penn School on St. Helena Island in 1862, barely one year into the Civil War, making it the first school in the South for people newly freed from slavery. Penn School remained open for 86 years, closing its doors in 1948. Penn Center took up the mantle of social justice serving as the first and only location in South Carolina and one of only two sites in the South where interracial groups such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Peace Corps could have safe sanctuary in an era of mandated segregation. Dr. Martin Luther Kind, Jr. and his SCLC staff frequented Penn Center as a retreat site to strategize the Civil Rights Movement.

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Verdier House
The mission of Historic Beaufort Foundation is to support the preservation, protection and presentation of sites and artifacts of historic, architectural and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina. This prominent Federal-style mansion was built circa 1804 by John Mark Verdier (1759-1827), a successful merchant and planter. Verdier had accumulated significant wealth both by trading indigo and subsequently by acquiring over 1,000 acres used for the growing of highly profitable sea island cotton.This house was a highly visible statement that reflected his rise from a merchant’s status to a wealthy member of Beaufort’s planter class.


Friends of Fort Fremont.
The Friends of Fort Fremont aim to preserve and promote Fort Fremont as an educational, historical, natural, and cultural resource of the Spanish-American War era on the shores of historic Port Royal Sound in Beaufort, South Carolina. Fremont is part of this remarkable waterway’s history. The beach preserve provides educational and recreational experiences of the maritime forest and seashore.