The Bloody Point Lighthouse & Museum
A story rich in history and duty established in 1883 on Daufuskie Island.
Explore the Lighthouse Museum and Interpretive Gardens. Come journey back to a simpler time.
Named for the Indian battles that took place there in the early 1700's, the lighthouse sat directly on the oceanfront. The range house was a unique two-story building with the front light located in a small dormer window. A rear-range skeleton light tower was positioned one mile inland. Before technology, boaters would line up both lights to keep out of the Savannah River. In 1899, the lighthouse was moved inland.
After the Civil War, the Gullah people (freed slaves) returned to Daufuskie to work in local oyster factories and logging. The heritage of Daufuskie Island is a unique blend of the old South intertwined with the magical traditions of the local Gullah people. These traditions live on today and are the roots of the rich culture and heritage that lures people to Daufuskie Island still, as it has for thousands of years.
The Bloody Point Lighthouse and Interpretive Gardens is part of the ongoing preservation and historical education programs offered here on Daufuskie Island. In an effort to teach people more of the history of the Island, native crops of indigo, Sea Island Cotton, and Carolina Gold Rice have been planted on the property. The lighthouse itself is now a museum that offers a rare glimpse into the history of the property with artifacts and a formal educational video production.
The Story Continues
The Bloody Point Lighthouse, located at the southern tip of Daufuskie Island, has a story rich in history and duty. It all began in 1882 when the U.S. Government paid $425 for land for the light. This included a front-range lighthouse and a rear range light tower. This historic property was privately owned and previously off-limits to visitors. After recent new ownership and significant renovations, The Bloody Point Lighthouse Museum is now open to the public for daily tours. Explore our blog section below to learn more about upcoming events and activities.
Harvest Festival at Bloody Point Lighthouse, Pig & Oyster Roast
Fall was in the Lowcountry air on October 1st, 2016 as the 1st Annual Harvest Festival kicked off! Folks gathered at The Bloody Point Lighthouse on Daufuskie Island as they enjoyed
a roll-up-your-sleeves good time with a Pig and Oyster Roast, historical presentations, games for kids, and gift certificate giveaways! Admission was FREE to the event; however, there was a small charge for food which included all-you-can-eat pork, oysters, sides, and non-alcoholic drinks.
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Cash Crops for SC, Rice and Indigo
While Virginia and North Carolina thrived on tobacco, it didn’t grow as well in South Carolina due to the more tropical climate and wetter ground, particularly in the lowlands of the state–or the southern portion. Rice, however, grew very well in South Carolina because the ground stayed wet. However, rice fields brought other problems, most notably mosquitoes.
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Southern Live Oak Trees
Southern live oaks are majestic trees that are emblems of the South. When given enough room to grow, their sweeping limbs plunge toward the ground before shooting upward, creating an impressive array of branches. Crowns of the largest southern live oaks reach diameters of 150 feet—nearly large enough to encompass half of a football field! On average, though, the crown spread is 80 feet and the height is 50 feet.
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