City Directories and History: Daufuskie Island Historic District includes the geographic entirety of this South Carolina sea island. Accessible only by boat, Daufuskie contains 5,200 acres of mostly high dry land. The district’s character is defined by eighteen properties of particular historic and/or architectural note, and fifty-six contributing sites or structures. Wooded tracts account for another 167
contributing properties. Most of the buildings consist of folk housing, which is concentrated in two building complexes, both on the island’s western side. They were constructed from 1890-1930, but reflect a much earlier building technology. They are significant architecturally as a survival form. The buildings also include educational, religious, and public buildings which serve the whole population. The design of Daufuskie’s two lighthouses has architectural significance in its structural combination of a functioning lighthouse with living quarters. Other areas of significance are historical in nature. Military engagements of note during the Yemassee and Revolutionary Wars took place on Daufuskie. In addition, buildings, sites, and structures represent Daufuskie’s antebellum plantation society based on the cultivation of long staple cotton as well as the history of the island in the early twentieth century when life revolved around the oyster industry, logging, and truck farming operations. Daufuskie’s cultural resources illustrate a three-century long history (ca. 1700-1930) that has evolved with a minimum of outside influence. Listed in the National Register June 2, 1982. Click here to see the nominating form for the properties. [Courtesy of the SC Dept. of Archives and History]
The 1981 historic survey map of Daufuskie Island does not correspond to the numbering system on the historic survey cards – pictures. R&R has noted on each page the correct corresponding number. See enlargeable maps of Daufuskie Island’s historic survey at: Daufuskie Historic Survey Maps.
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Click here for additional information on Daufuskie Island. Also see enlargeable maps of Daufuskie Island under the More Information links. And visit both the Palmetto Trust and Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation’s (DIHF) websites to see how you might engage in helping preserve the local Daufuskie Island’s culture and architecture.
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