After the Civil War this island was left to nature and the freed slaves of the Gullah population. A bridge which connected the mainland to the island was built in 1956 and the island then became famous as a year-round resort destination. Most people know the island for its 25 beautiful golf courses. John and I came to the island today to take a Gullah Heritage Tour. We stopped at the Coastal Discovery Museum first to sign up for the tour. We had some time before the tour started to tour the museum and the grounds which surround the museum; it was a plantation up until the time of the civil war. The camellias are just starting to bloom and I could not pass up taking a picture of them.
the two places of residence! Emory maintained a sense of humor with us about all the changes taking place on his island home. He commented that the island is in the shape of a shoe; it use to be a sneaker, but now it is a Nike brand. The new crop of the island is called condos. And it seems that the number of gated communities are out-numbering the Gullah neighborhoods, it is estimated that there is now only about 3,000 Gullah living on the island. Total population of the island is around 35,000. Emory shared with us his own family history. During his childhood the island schools only went up to 6th grade. He drove us by one of those schools, which is now no longer in use as a school. It is located in Mitchelville, a village built for the freed slaves in 1862 and also now no longer in existence.