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Why are Residents of Hilton Head Island Celebrating?

It is a commemorative time for Hilton Head Island and all those who have chosen to call it home, or their home away from home. All week long, Sept.30-Oct.5, Islander’s will be celebrating two significant moments in the history of Hilton Head.

What are we celebrating?

We’re celebrating the moment, 350 years ago, when Captain William Hilton sighted Hilton Head Island. Hilton originally intended the bluff he saw to be a guide for future sailors, naming it “Hilton’s Headland”. We’re also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Hilton Head Island!

All week long events are being held to celebrate these moments in our history! It’s such an exciting time, here are a few of the highlights:

  • Community beach party
  • Bus tours
  • Walking tours
  • Varied entertainment
  • Sand castle competition
  • Beach volleyball tournament
  • Boccee
  • Family games on the beach
  • Art Exhibition
  • Open house at Town Hall
  • And so much more!

Here is the flyer provided on http://celebrationhhi.org.

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Here’s even more on the history of Hilton Head Island.

If you’re here celebrating the Island’s heritage, I hope you’re having a great time and enjoying all of the events. I highly recommend any of the bus or walking tours to really experience the area’s natural beauty!

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Brief History of Hilton Head Island, SC

Ever wonder how Hilton Head Island came to be one of the most beautiful vacation and living destinations on the East Coast?  Keep reading for a brief history of our area and learn why the locals are unusually proud to call Hilton Head Island home!

Native Americans lived on Hilton Head Island as from as early as 10,000 years ago, living off the land and sea.  The first non-indigenous people to visit the region were Spaniards, who briefly checked out and named nearby St Helena Island.  The first European to claim Hilton Head was William Hilton, who surveyed it and claimed it for England in 1663, naming it “Hilton’s Headland”.

Hilton worked tirelessly to promote settlement but English settlers were slow to respond, nervous as they were about the local tribal people living on the island, and the Spaniards and their colonial ambitions.  It wasn’t until the early eighteen hundreds that Hilton’s Head began to be settled and planted, and by then South Carolina was an established colony with a plantation based economy.

Land owners on Hilton Head grew cotton, rice and indigo, labor intensive crops that relied on slave labor.  The planters amassed large profits on the backs of the African slaves, but the onset of the Civil War changed this forever.  Many Civil War battles were fought around Hilton Head and the lovely antebellum homes and flourishing crops were left behind by the planters.  Many plantation homes remain on the island today.

The island remained a quiet spot for decades, until the close of the Second World War, when the resulting developmental boom lead to burgeoning development throughout the country.  The island’s first bridge was built in 1956, and developer Charles Fraser created “Sea Pines”, the island’s first resort community, and several new developments followed.  Fraser worked hard to render his development environmentally sound, and his code of conduct has been a positive influence on subsequent development.

What else do you want to know about Hilton Head Island?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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