South Carolina is known to be one of the earliest settlements in the United States. Our state has seen influences from all corners of the world and has influenced not only our local culture but the culture of the entire nation. One of the most influential groups in this story is the Gullah Geechee people. In this blog, we’ll explore how you can learn and experience this culture by taking a Gullah Geechee tour! Want to discover even more about Fripp Island? Be sure to get your copy of our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find all of the top attractions in the area. From where to eat to the best places to take in Lowcountry beauty! Now, let’s explore Gullah Geechee culture!
Gullah Geechee Tours
A Brief History
Gullah Geechee people arrived at South Carolina’s sea islands in the 1600s. They brought with them their African heritage and traditions. Gullah Geechee heritage can be seen in day-to-day life. Language, religion, and even physical spaces tell the stories of these people. Today, visitors to Fripp Island and the surrounding areas can experience the Gullah Geechee people by taking tours and visiting local sites.
Gullah-N-Geechie Mahn Tours
Gullah-N-Geechee Mahn Tours has over 26 years of touring experience. The guides are native to St. Helena Island and will take you on a journey through the Gullah heritage of the area! The tours focus on cultural education, history, and present-day life. Plantation and island tours are available for visitors to enjoy! Be sure to visit their website for tour pricing and times.
Another way to experience Gullah Geechee culture is by enjoying an authentic meal! Gullah Grub, located on St. Helena Island, is the perfect place to enjoy seasonal Gullah meals and learn more about Gullah traditions. Owner Bill Green and his family have been cooking in the traditional Gullah way for over 15 years! Bring your appetite and experience another element of the local culture.
Gullah-Geechie Visitors Center
The Gullah Geechee Visitors Center features artwork, rare collectibles, books, documentaries, and much more! Visitors to the center can take a piece of Gullah culture with them and learn even more about this important Lowcountry culture!
The Penn Center is one of the oldest schools of formerly enslaved people. It was established in 1862 to provide education for formerly enslaved people. Today, visitors can tour the school and museum or attend one of their many lectures, events, and workshops. The Penn Center is a great way to learn about the Gullah Geechee people!
After exploring the Gullah Geechee Culture of the area, stay with Fripp Island Resort!
Fripp Island Resort is a short drive from St. Helena Island and Beaufort. Our rental homes offer a private and peaceful vacation experience! Whether you’re looking for a romantic couples getaway or an entire family reunion vacation, there is something for everyone. Pair your rental home with our resort amenities, such as pools, dining options, and an activity center, and the perfect vacation awaits! Explore the historic sea island in Beaufort County and relax in the evenings listening to the ocean. We can’t wait to welcome you to the South Carolina Lowcountry!