D'AWFOSKEE ~ Daufuskie Island part 2

I'm back and loving my new computer but it sure was a lot of work getting all my pictures and junk off the old one but now that it's all done I'm ready to share the rest of mine and Beth's trip to Daufuskie.

The map is from the
as you can see the spelling is different. It is said to have been spelled several different ways over the years.  Today it is pronounced "duh • FUS • key." 
The Gullah pronounced it "das • fus • cay" – meaning "the first caye" (or "key") north of Savannah.
There is also different stories about how it was named and what the name means. The Creek Indians were the island's first inhabitants, and in their language "Daufa" means "feather" and "Fuskie" means "pointed." They joined these two words to refer to the shape of the island. Others say the island is shaped more like an arrowhead which is what I see when I look at the map above.. I tried to find the date of this map but was unable to. You can read more about the island and it's history by clicking here Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation and you can read more about the
 Gullah of Daufuskie Island, SC
in this brochure by the Historical Foundation
click here.

from the dock we saw oyster shells lining the entire banks

and lush marsh grasses with majestic ancient trees
everywhere we looked.
 Our tour started time we got off the boat we had a wonderful tour guide John, he and his wife are teachers on the island and we knew instantly that he loves sharing this island and all of it's history. He was a wealth of information and I do believe if we had spent a week there he could have continued to share new information. For 3 hours he told stories about the past and the present. I wish I could repeat them all for you but I can't so I will just share our pictures and hope that one day John will put into writing all the wonderful stories that have been shared with him and that he is sharing with those lucky enough to meet him..
Now onto some of the sights

Tabby Ruin ~ Tabby is a building material made from a mixture of ground oyster shells, sand and water. Many slave quarters were constructed of wood and have long been gone but remnants of structures made from the tabby mixture remain on the island. This would have been a fireplace.

These small buildings were used to store kerosene for the light in the Bloody Point Lighthouse
now days it's home to the Silver Dew Winery

Rice field

The church is open to all that want to come and every Sunday morning you can hear the bells ring all over the island

out back of the church is a praise house that stands in the same footprint as the original one that was built in 1823 which was years before the church was established. The slaves used the praise house not only as a place of worship but also too discuss the daily happenings on the island .. In other words if your kid did something bad you knew about before the day was done...and you handled it. Even today things are still handled island style there is no police force. If an islander does something wrong their outline is draw in chalk on the road for all that passes by to see and if a non islander does something wrong they are put on a boat and shipped away .... I love it !

There is only a few paved roads on the island and they are named for what is on that street.

Most of the original homes were built the same in other words all the door frames, window frames and other parts are interchangeable from one house to the next and the roofs are all pitched the same.

This home is being fixed up and is going to be a guest cottage that you can rent, but you will have to be willing to share your time with it's permanent guest.. it's said a few spirits call it home.

This property belongs to an 18 year old young lady from up north that is a descendent of the original property owner and because it is protected through a trust deed she can not sell the property. So there is no telling what will happen to it. Maybe one day she will come to the island fall in love, rebuild and live happily ever after.

Don't you just love the Firehouse shield ... I would love to have this on my back porch..
More tomorrow so come on back to the island with us... 
but for now let's head on over to
 Miss Susan's for Outdoor Wednesday's 


  1. Cherry, this is so interesting and I love the photos. I'll be back tomorrow to hear more.

  2. Hi, this was a really interesting travel article. Just love your photos. I was down this way once and would love to return and explore. I'll be back to read more.


Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. It is so much fun to read everyone's thoughts on my ramblings .. I love to go blog hopping so look for me to be visiting you soon.
hugs, Cherry

Sorry Anonymous comments are not allowed

If you would like to receive my posts in your inbox.. You can Subscribe to Cherry's in the Garden and More by Email