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.
Enjoy this brief video. The full video presentation is on display during the lighthouse tour.
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.
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.