My clients and friends often ask me for suggestions of things to do, especially in the summer when we all have so many guests. It is a good idea to share some of our culture and history in addition to spending time at our phenomenal beaches and enjoying endless sporting activities.
The Heritage Library is a great treasure and resource for visitors and residents. Their programs are very diverse and available on a regular schedule throughout the summer season. They provide fun learning experiences for participants of all ages.
The June calendar has something for everyone. One that caught my attention is the Hilton Head Haunted History Tales, a graveside storytelling adventure. The program promises spine-tingling tales of the island’s shadowy past amid the graves of the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery. The time – just as it is getting dark to add to the drama at 8:30 P.M. on Wednesdays.
If you are a history buff, every Monday morning at 10:00 you can discover the island’s part in the Civil War. You might be surprised to learn that it was a Union stronghold, not Confederate. This one is complete with costumed characters and an expert guide who will unveil the story.
When the family needs to be active while vacationing, you might want to consider the Historic Bike Tour. An easy 3-mile ride will take you to some of the island’s most interesting historic sites. There are tabby ruins of a former plantation and you will learn about an Indian Shell Enclosure – where it is and why they were created. The bike tours are held on Wednesday mornings at 10:00.
If your little guests are too young for the scary night tour at the Zion Cemetery, costumed guides will share stories about Revolutionary War heroes, skirmishes, and let you explore the island’s oldest structure. This happens every Thursday at 10:00.
Outside of the library programs, there are many other tour possibilities ranging from Dolphin cruises to kayaking. These are readily available at South Beach Marina, Harbour Town, and Shelter Cove. However, if you are looking for something a little different, be sure to check out the resources we have at our Heritage Library.