Daufuskie Endangered Places Program

Daufuskie Endangered Places Program (DEPP), an initiative of Preservation SC to preserve the original Gullah built dwellings on Daufuskie Island, S.C.

DEPP represents an initiative where Preservation SC leases at risk homes from the Gullah families of the original owners, rehabilitates the homes in a manner that respects the historic integrity of the structure and then rents the home to travelers who want to experience the Gullah heritage, unique to South Carolina’s coast, and Daufuskie Island’s natural beauty. When we have recouped the costs, the property endured for renovations by renting the homes, the Gullah heirs, who have still retained full ownership, are free to use the property all year round. 

Many of the historic homes on Daufuskie will be lost without your help.

“Our primary goal is to preserve the places in South Carolina that mean so much to our state and its history,” said Michael Bedenbaugh, executive director of Preservation South Carolina. “Daufuskie Endangered Places Program is a totally new way of looking at historic preservation, and we need public support to fulfill the mission of this project, which is preserving these Gullah home places, which are such an important part of our South Carolina heritage and are largely dilapidated and close to being beyond repair. We’re really proud to be able to offer two of the historic homes we renovated through AirB&B to vacationers looking to enjoy our beautiful South Carolina coast but also learn about the Gullah history.

The Frances Jones House

For $220, enjoy the Frances Jones House as the guest of Ms. Sallie Ann Robinson; native islander whose wonderful childhood stories of her life on Daufuskie during the 60s and 70s before development hit is matched only by the home cooked breakfast (included) she will serve the first morning of your stay. One bedroom is available to guests with a shared bathroom. Through Sallie Ann’s passion and memory, visitors can learn more about Frances Jones, a leader among the Gullah people who served as the first teacher at the island’s school. The picturesque Frances Jones cottage is a historical treasure and we are proud to have preserved this home for Frances Jones’s family.

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The Hinson-White/Lesesne House

For $120, enjoy the Hinson-White/Lesesne House. The one-bedroom house features two porches for taking in the home’s ideal location on the edge of a Lowcountry marsh. With a magnificent view of the marsh and available sofa bed, this home is perfect for gathering family and friends to relax on Daufuskie Island.

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All proceeds from the rental of these properties will go directly into the fund to save more historic structures on Daufuskie!

More about what else is on the island

Though staying in these historic Gullah homes is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there is no need to sacrifice great restaurants and music. For lunch and a great southern style breakfast, then Lucy Bell’s is open Tuesday through Saturday! Both Marsh Side Mamas and Free Port Marina's Daufuskie Crab Company have live music in the tourist season along with great food all year long! Freeport also has a ferry available for visitors as well. The Eagles Nest Resturaunt at Bloody Point Golf Course provides a more formal dining experience for a relaxed quiet evening. In short, you will find the best food in the SC Lowcountry on this little island.

Click here for more information on the County funded Daufuskie island Ferry as well as more things to do while on the island.

For those that can’t make it to Daufuskie, you can still help us save Historic Gullah Homes for Gullah Families by going to http://www.gofundme.com/savinggullahhomes and participate in this important campaign to save these important places.

To keep up with current news about the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program and Preservation South Carolina, follow Daufuskie Endangered Places Program on Facebook.

About the Gullah People

The Gullah are descendants of enslaved Africans and originally lived on the sea Islands along the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Florida. A few of the remaining Gullah have preserved much of their African linguistic and cultural heritage and speak their own English-based creole language. Gullah storytelling, cuisine, music, folk beliefs, farming, fishing and crafts are all strongly influenced by West and Central African cultures. Daufuskie Endangered Places Program offers travelers an opportunity to stay in the historic homes these people built.

Help us save Daufuskie’s Gullah heritage!

Contact Preservation SC by email or by phone 803-944-9425.

You can also drop us a line:
Preservation South Carolina
PO Box 506
Prosperity, SC 29127

Preservation SC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Fed ID # 57-0913191.
Your Generous contribution to the Anderson Slave Dwelling Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law