Daufuskie Island- The Weirdest Place Ever

Okay, okay- last vacation post I swear. Listen, Jared and I likely won't be traveling anyyyyyytime in the foreseeable future so let me bask in my post-vacationess alright? ;) We kept most of our schedule open except for a morning at the spa one day (best prenatal massage ever) and a half-day tour of Daufuskie Island another day. It sounded different and adventurous so we figured why not? This tiny island only has about 300 people living on it and had been named a historic district due to it's Civil War history.

So we booked our tickets and boarded a boat Wednesday morning to see what we'd gotten ourselves into. It was a 30-minute boat ride from HHI to Daufuskie and our captain kept us entertained with facts and information. We saw a ton of dolphins on our way over which was awesome- they were so close to the boat! The downfall of the boat ride was a man who sat right behind us clearing his throat the entire ride over. I wish you could hear Jared's impression of it... the dude sounded like a lawn mower trying to start up, I swear. Let's just say, we were happy to get to land and start the day.

Once on Daufuskie we were given keys to a golf cart, a map and told to have a good time. The only things we'd really gathered prior to the trip was that there were lots of historic things to see and some beautiful secluded beaches. So we cranked the radio in our cart and off we went. We quickly realized our golf cart was a slow one as an odd threesome of hipsters flew past us with their selfie stick. A girl and two guys... and we couldn't tell who was with who. But I'm getting off topic.

There were a few ancient cemeteries on the island which seemed so strange. Civil War era people buried on this tiny 8-square-mile mysterious island in South Carolina. They were tucked away in between homes and it's incredible that there were even still headstones in place. As we made our way down the dirt and gravel roads we passed a guy building a fence in the middle of no where. Just hammering away putting up a fence post in a wooded area with nothing around him. He waved and we waved back but I made Jared promise not to drive down that lane again. Everything was starting to creep me out!


Then we stumbled upon this little gem. The Iron Fish. Where everything on their porch is for sale and everything is based on the honor system. Take what you want and leave cash or write down your credit card information for the owner to charge. I kid you not. It was so eerily quiet yet I felt like someone was going to jump out from behind a tree and yell at us if we touched their stuff. No, we didn't purchase anything.

We trekked on and saw an old two-room school house, the buggy that belonged to the island's "famous" midwife and a church that looked JUST like the church from Walking Dead. Anyone else  see it?! I was completely weirded out by it but Jared thought it was awesome.

This post might seem like a bunch of jumbled thoughts, but that's kinda' how the whole exploration of Daufuskie was- a jumble. We didn't know what we were looking at or why so many weird things were there but it was fascinating just the same. The crazy thing is that there are also gorgeous giant homes on this island that super rich folks come to; they love the seclusion and I guess don't mind that their house is just yards away from a rotting mobile home? Such a strange dynamic to this place.

So tell me- what's the weirdest town/destination you've ever explored?

21 comments

  1. Yeah you guys weren't lying. This place WAS weird!!!! ;) still a fun memory to have together, even if it was eery!! I think Caleb would still want to go, haha!

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  2. what an interesting place! I've never heard of it.

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  3. Hahaha, I saw a story on this island a somewhere a few months ago and I thought it looked awesome and creepy. Also there are large houses here next to rotting mobile homes, I always find it strange that people abandon their beach mobile homes to rot. I mean a beach house is a beach house mobile or not!

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  4. Hahaha! I love it! I would absolutely love wandering around that place and feeling creeped out. So much history, so much weirdness. That totally DOES look like the church from Walking Dead! I'll have to add this to my list of things to do when I finally venture out to Hilton Head!

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  5. Wow, what an interesting place indeed. I'm glad y'all had fun even though it was weird. I've never heard of it but now i am intrigued.

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  6. That is pretty strange! I probably would've been so jumpy and totally convinced that either an ax murderer was lurking in the woods, or a spirit from a Civil War person would follow us home. LOL!

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  7. YEAH, Dafuskie is a DIFFERENT type of place .... lol :)

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  8. What a fun little day adventure!!!! The honor system thing is totally weird and interesting!!! I love dolphins!!! I guess that made up a little for the throat clearer. I probably would have sighed very loudly and given side glares.

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  9. I'm not sure if I need to add this to my "must see" list or "must avoid" list. It looks so spooky...but also fascinating.

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  10. Haha, this sounds SO interesting. I'd love to go.

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  11. That totally does look like the church from TWD! So creepy! Daufuskie Island definitely sounds like a weird place, but it also sounds like it was a blast to explore!

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  12. Wow what a creepy place, I have to go one day! That totally looks like the church from TWD. Thanks for posting about this :)

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  13. I was thinking about the Walking Dead the whole time I was reading until you said that....ahhh, creepy!!

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  14. Ok I totally agree on TWD reference. I think it has to do with the Civil War or something b/c we totally got creeped out when we stumbled upon Camp Wildcat in KY on our way to TN one year - NEVER AGAIN!! One little dirt road that if you slightly go off you're dead b/c of a drop off and it leads to a river so we had to turn around in someones yard and the lady was so scary - she asked why we were there and said: You need to go back the way you came. I swear they were killing people back there b/c there was a brand new Cadillac just abandoned in the woods off the road.

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  15. Wow what a unique place! I would love to visit here at some point.

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  16. What a bizarre little island!! I can totally see myself being freaked out by some of the things that you found unnerving.

    When Kevin and I were on our honeymoon, we spent a day on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington. Loved it all, but there was one part when the taxi driver made a stop at his friend's house to drop off Mountain Dew and lottery scratchers (??) while he was taking us to the ferry. It was a secluded little place and I remember formulating a getaway plan in my head... Fortunately it all turned out fine. :) I wrote about the day here: https://adesertgirl.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/day-trip-to-orcas-island/.

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  17. The name of the island alone shows you how interesting will be!! Definitely fun to explore together! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  18. Whoa that is kind of a crazy combination of stuff on that island! Something for you all to remember for years to come though!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  19. Haha okay this is awesome! I am totally enthralled with places like this and I liked living vicariously through you on this adventure :)

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  20. Honestly, "weirdest place ever" is a great advertising method to get me to go somewhere. Especially if it's a strange little mostly abandoned island. We visited an island near Hong Kong where currently no one lives, although there used to be a village there, and it was so interesting to walk around the entire island in one day. I'm pretty fascinated with funny little islands, as you can tell.

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  21. I laughed out loud while visualizing the hipster threesome flying past you guys in their cart. SO FUNNY! What a strange little island but super fun experience & memory!

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