Getting the flavor of…
South Carolina’s Daufuskie Island
Though it’s less than a mile from Hilton Head, South Carolina’s Daufuskie Island “couldn’t be more different,” said Dina Mishev in The Washington Post. You need a boat to reach the lush Lowcountry isle, which has no grocery store, only one paved road, but 400 year-round residents. A quarter are Gullah, or Geechee—African-Americans who are descended from slaves and continue to maintain a distinct culture and dialect. The legacy of slavery is everywhere: I stayed in a lighthouse on Haig Point, a former plantation where three slave dwellings still stand. Daufuskie today can be charming, though. “Cyclists brake for armadillos, people ride horses on the beach,” and “every tree weeps with thick beards of Spanish moss.” Down the road from Lucy Bell’s Café, where I feasted on fried oysters, I came upon a gallery with a small box and a sign on the front porch. Where but on Daufuskie do artists sell their work on the honor system?