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Grand tours

Learn more about local history by foot, by bus or by horse-drawn carriage. 

By Addy Codispoti

Become versed on the fascinating people and significant events that shaped Beaufort, Bluffton, Daufuskie and Hilton Head by booking a guided history tour with a local expert. Whether you’re a fan of walking tours, bus tours or even horse-drawn carriage tours, many educational and memorable experiences await. Here are five of the best.

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A journey through culture

Gullah Heritage Trail Tour 

Take a break from your typical walking tours and get ready to sit on an air-conditioned bus for two hours learning about history. If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the Gullah people on the island, this is the perfect tour to take. The Gullah Trail Tours are guided by fourth-generation Gullah family members. These knowledgeable guides will keep it informative and fun so you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself while also learning a wealth of new information. You’ll pass through all 10 Gullah neighborhoods on the island, and your tour guides will share their own family and personal anecdotes. 

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Six generations later

Sallie Ann Robinson Gullah Tour

Learn all there is to know about Daufuskie Island with Sallie Ann Robinson, a sixth-generation Daufuskie native. She’ll tell you all about growing up on an island with limited access to the mainland. See sites such as the Daufuskie Museum and Library, Oyster Hall, the First Union African Baptist Church and more. Sallie takes you on a journey through her childhood and through the history of her ancestors. Listen along as she makes it feel like you’re reliving the history through her enthusiasm and positivity. 

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Run, Forrest, run! 

Beaufort History Tour 

Sea Island Carriage Company wants to immerse you in the rich history that surrounds Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Take 55 minutes out of your day to experience all Beaufort has to offer while riding in a red horse-drawn carriage. The tour guides are locals who know everything there is to know about the area. You’ll see breathtaking homes, live oaks, and even sites where Forrest Gump was filmed. Whether it’s your first or 100th trip to Beaufort, this tour is a must-do. Plus, who doesn’t love horses?


Learn all about it

Hilton Head History Tours 

Take a deep dive into the island’s great history on this three-hour bus tour. Richard and Todd are local historians and Hilton Head experts. They’ll tailor the experience to what you want to learn about and add fun tidbits and facts along the way. See sites in private, gated communities that only members see. Learn about the significance of certain landmarks, what they were before and how they came to be what they are now. Even if you’ve lived here for your entire life, this tour will teach things you didn’t know before. 

Go back in time

Bluffton Jack’s Old Town Tours 

Bluffton Jack provides you with ultimate Southern hospitality in a 19th-century outfit. He takes you on a journey through the history of Old Town. Stop along 20 featured locations and explore how Bluffton got to where it is today. If you’re looking for more fun, Bluffton Jack leads a haunted history tour at night featuring 12 spots, showcasing the spookier side of the Lowcountry. Both of these tours are suitable for all ages, so make sure to put on your walking shoes and bring the whole family.