On select Fridays this Fall, tour two historic sites connected to the Civil War and Reconstruction eras on Hilton Head Island thanks to a partnership between the Coastal Discovery Museum, the Hilton Head Island Land Trust and the Mitchelville Preservation Project.

Visit the site of the self-governing community of Mitchelville (est. 1862) to learn about the Port Royal Experiment and how freedom and Reconstruction impacted the new citizens who lived there.  Nearby, join a guide for a tour of Fort Howell, built in 1864 to protect the town of Mitchelville. Learn about the 32nd U.S. Colored Infantry troops who built the fort, the methods used to construct it, and the importance of its preservation.

Cost is $15/Adults and $10/Children (ages 6-12). No children under the age of 6, please. Reservations are required by visiting the Coastal Discovery Museum's website or calling (843) 689-6767 ext. 223. 

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In early December, we will be participating in Historic Holidays on Hilton Head Island, a weekend of Sea Island traditions. The weekend will feature authentic food, historic church experiences, holiday market, trolley and bike tours, ancestry research, and a community tree lighting.

This weekend of events is presented as a partnership with the Heritage Library, Mitchelville Preservation Project, Coastal Discovery Museum, Gullah Museum, the Hilton Head Island Land Trust, and the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

For a full calendar of the weekend's events and to make your reservations, visit Historic Holidays on Hilton Head Island's website

Also, special room rates are available at the Westin Hilton Head Island for only $119/night! Book here using booking code S6241. Type in this code under "special rates" or call 843.681.4000 to make your reservation.


To Contact the Land Trust Directly:

Email:    hhilandtrust@hhilandtrust.org
Mail:      P.O. Box 21058, HHI, SC 29925


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