Our neighbor to the south, Georgia, became the thirteenth colony in 1733. Under the leadership of General James Oglethorpe it flourished, and Savannah became the major sea port on the Southeast Coast and America’s first planned city
After 46 years of growth and prosperity, America declared its independence from England. The Revolutionary War came as a shock to the Lowcountry since most colonists still had close family ties in England. Fortunately, the resulting trade embargo did not include a restriction on colonists’ ability to export rice, so at least some commerce was still possible. However, as the battles raged, a convoy of British ships sailed up Skull Creek in January 1779, destroying homes and farms along the way (the convoy route can easily be seen from the top of the lighthouse). This brutal act galvanized islanders on the side of the revolution. These families who remained steadfastly loyal to the King fled to the Caribbean Islands of Barbados, St. Thomas, and St. Kitts where Hilton Head Island family names still persist.
Daufuskie residents, however, stayed loyal to the British Crown and made sporadic trips in rowboats across Calibogue Sound to raid island homes. Although the war ended at Yorktown in 1781, the rowboat raids continued across the sound for many months after the conflict had been resolved and we had become an independent nation. Those angry rowboat raiders might well have landed right at the foot of the lighthouse!
EARLY PHOTO OF FRED HACK SURVEYING A STAND OF SEA PINES