This tour visits two historic sites connected to the Civil War and Reconstruction eras on Hilton Head Island. Visit the site of the self-governing community of Mitchelville (est. 1862) to learn about the Port Royal Experiment and how freedom and reconstruction impacted the new citizens who lived there. Nearby, join a guide for a tour of Fort Howell, built in 1864 to protect the town of Mitchelville. Learn about the 32nd U.S. Colored Infantry troops who built the fort, the methods used to construct it, and the importance of its preservation. Preservation Project.
This is a family-friendly experience suitable for all ages, held Fridays at 9:30am. This tour is a partnership with the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island Land Trust and the Mitchelville Preservation. Participants will meet at the Coastal Discovery Museum and then caravan in their own personal vehicle to the sites. The beautiful Coastal Discovery Museum is one of the most memorable experiences on Hilton Head Island. At Coastal Discovery Museum, you'll explore natural history and cultural heritage on the 68 acre Honey Horn property. The Museum’s trails, gardens, live oaks, butterfly enclosure, and horses are just a few of the fun experiences you will encounter during your visit. If the beach gets boring, families head to this interactive museum to learn about the history and wildlife of sea islands.