Article from the hiltonheadmonthly.com City Guide


Talbird Live Oak
Back gate, Hilton Head Plantation

Just inside the Hilton Head Plantation stands a tree with a heart-breaking story On October 1781, during the Revolutionary War, a royal militia on Daufuskie Island was commanded to burn the homes of patriots from Beaufort to Savannah. The Talbird Plantation belonged to Lt. John Talbird, who was away at war while his wife-who was nine months pregnant-remained at home.
Mary Ann Talbird’s brother-in-law was in charge of the burnings for the militia and when he arrived at her door he refused to pass by without fulfilling his duty. However, he did allow Mary Ann to move all the household goods out of the house and put them under a live oak about 100 yards from the house. After watching her home burn to the ground, Mary Anne gave birth to a son the next day. The tree still stands today, keeping alive the history with it.

Main Street Theatre
300 Main St.

Many performances are put on each year. The theater is also home to live music and other special events.

The Sandbox:
18A Pope Avenue

An Interactive Children’s Museum
A children’s museum that offers plenty of activities for rainy days.

Mitchelville Freedom Park
229 Beach City Road

Built during the Civil War for freed and escaped slaves and named after Union Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchel, who created the town to allow the former slaves to govern themselves. The people created a community and built simple homes, a church and stores and worked to provide education for their children. Many worked for the Union Army until it left the island, then many turned to land.

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
14 Shelter Cove Lane

Located in the middle of Hilton Head Island, this 349-seat main stage house along with a smaller black box venue puts on professional and visual arts performances as well as festivals and educational programs. From musicals to comedies and dramas, the arts center does it all and also brings in visiting performers. Stop by for an entertaining night that will enlighten you.


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