The Gullah Heritage Trails Tours have a new temporary location for pick up and drop off at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Tour’s regular pick up area at Honey Horn is not accessible because of all the hurricane debris being dumped there, and the Arts Center’s central location makes it a great alternative.
Arts Center President & CEO, Kathi Bateson said, “It’s our pleasure to help the Gullah Heritage Trails Tour get back on line, and because our gallery has long been a stop on the tour it seemed a natural fit to partner with them during the hurricane recovery.” Bateson added, “These cultural tours are an important outreach for the Island, especially as small businesses continue to recover from the hurricane, and it’s great to share in this opportunity for visitors.”
The two-hour tours are narrated by native Gullah folks who are descendants of former slaves dating back to years immediately after the Civil War. You will travel through the Gullah communities on Hilton Head Island when the island’s landscape was only farmlands, trees, dirt roads, wildlife and natural waterways throughout and around the island. The distinctive Gullah language, traditional foods and recipes, music, religion, social structure and folktales will all be woven into an interactive educational and entertaining experience. You will come away with an understanding of how the descendants of former enslaved people developed and maintained these communities on the then-isolated island.
Two 2-hour Tours are offered twice daily Tuesday through Saturday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and on Sunday at 12:00 noon, excluding holidays. The cost is $32.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under. NO reservations are required except for parties of 10 or more. Ticket Sales begin 30 minutes before the tour. For more information or to book tours for 10 or more people, call 843-681-7066