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Gullah Heritage Trail Tour

Gullah Heritage Trail Tour | Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head Island SC - Gullah Heritage Trail Tour

Living History

Peek behind the curtain of tourism and development for a real-life tour of the Gullah Geechee culture – the last vestige of fusion of African and European languages and traditions. For visitors interested in history, this is a great way to learn about traditional Gullah neighborhoods, where descendants of enslaved Africans from various ethnic groups of west and central Africa were once forced to work on these coastal plantations.

The tour is given by Gullah family members who have a passion for the area, people and traditions. Dr. Emory Campbell is a renowned community leader among the Gullah. A native of Hilton Head Island, he’s worked diligently to preserve Gullah communities and traditions for the rest of the world to understand and appreciate, including the strong connection between the Gullah heritage and the West African nation of Sierra Leone. He is the author of Gullah Cultural Legacies.

Dr. Campbell frequently leads the tours which pass by historical areas and buildings, and shares his stories of history, past and present. Reviewers on Trip Advisor report that Dr. Campbell is extremely knowledgeable, funny and willing to share personal childhood stories. Questions are encouraged and answered with care. The emphasis is on education and sharing of information captured through anecdotes and family stories, as well as painstaking research.

WOW Factor: The personal experience and commitment of the Campbell family to Gullah makes this more than a tour on a vacation day. It is really a chance to look behind this world-class resort to find what generations who lived here found and loved.

Hint: This is different from tours based on re-enactments and photo ops. This is living history and will be of interest to adults who are likewise inclined. One more thing: After the tour, check out Roastfish & Cornbread – a Gullah restaurant on the island that has created a devoted group of followers. You’ll never look at those lovely basket weavers and baskets on the side of Highway 76 in the same way again.

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