Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, SC. In the 1950s, two bridges opened to connect the 42-square mile Hilton Head Island, SC (formerly Trench’s Island) to the mainland.

“Hilton Head lost its isolation and a new era began.” –Porter M. Thompson, Hilton Head Island Images.

Mid Twentieth Century also southeast Georgian Charles Fraser commenced the Sea Pines residential and resort community. “More than any other single individual, Fraser made Hilton Head what it is today. The impact of his wise-growth philosophy on the island is incalculable. Timothy Guidera of the Savannah Morning News may have summed it up best when he wrote, ‘If Hilton Head Island had its own currency, Charles Fraser’s picture would be on it.’ Charles also saw the forest for the trees but in a different way. Far ahead of his time, Fraser, anticipating a boom in travel and golf, saw Hilton Head’s potential as a great travel resort and residential oasis. He had a radical idea at the time.” Source: Hilton Head Golf History – Charles Fraser By Alan B. Nichols, Golf Travel Reviews

In 2010, Savannah artist, Susie Chisholm sculpted the Charles E. Fraser Statue, now in Compass Rose Park, “based on a popular photograph published by the Saturday Evening Post in an expose of ‘People on the Way Up”. –SusieChisholm.com

Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce offers some ideas when visiting:  “Must Do’s on the Island: You haven’t been to Hilton Head Island unless you’ve…been to the top of the Harbour Town lighthouse, sampled a bowl of crab soup, sampled Frogmore Stew, golfed at Harbour Town or visited the Coastal Discovery Museum.”

For more information about Hilton Head Island, tourist travel , see Insider’s Guide to Savannah and Hilton Head by Rich Wittish and Betty Darby.  For Hilton Head Island history, more information is  here.

Among the more of the storied South Carolina Sea Islands, we point to Daufuskie, where Pat Conroy taught – and memorialized in his book The Water is Wide; Saint Helena, named by the Spanish and famous for Penn Center; Fripp Island, once a hunting ground of the Yamessee Indians and which, like Hilton Head Island, has been developed in recent decades; Edisto Island, once famous for its long-staple Sea Island cotton; and Hunting Island, once a hunting preserve and now a State Park with a famous lighthouse. Source: heritagelib.org